It has been pointed out that for a smallish place, Britain packs in a lot of geography. Mountain and moor, hill and dale, fen and marsh, downs and plains; all within a half days drive of each other. Given that topography dictates the type of farming it hosts then it follows from this that Britain also packs in a lot of farming. The farmers of England and Wales are an eclectic bunch of rugged individuals that make for a broad church of size and sector. It is remarkable then that in the past one hundred years that these same disparate farmers have in the main been represented by one organisation - the NFU.
The story in this book is built around the 33 men who have been its Presidents since its foundation one hundred years ago. As they were all farmers and countrymen this also provided an opportunity to comment on some of the changes in agriculture and the countryside over the same period.The NFU is a vast organisation with a long detailed history spread out over a wide geographical area and so it is impossible to mention all those who have had a part to play. But by concentrating on just one man, the President, the task of tracing the history of the NFU becomes manageable, and its important changes marked.