About Us

What is the Manx National Farmers’ Union?

The Manx NFU is the only collective and coherent voice of the farming industry in the Isle of Man.

The Manx NFU is also the main way other groups (e.g. Government Departments, statutory boards, environmental, wildlife or NGO’s) can get in touch with Manx farmers.

Our current membership represents over two hundred individual agricultural businesses.

As an MNFU member, you’re currently part of the largest organisation in the Isle of Man representing farmers and growers. The more members are united, the more we can be a louder and stronger voice for Manx farming and for your business, championing what matters most to agriculture.

Our strength is in our numbers. We are heard when it counts – locally, nationally and internationally. Every single member matters and makes the MNFU stronger. A stronger MNFU can be more influential, achieve more and give us a more powerful and unified lobbying voice.

Today, the MNFU is the most successful Manx representation body for agriculture and horticulture with members covering two-thirds of the agricultural land. You can rest assured that the MNFU will continue to be champions of Manx agriculture.

Whether you’re a grower, farm livestock or have a mixed holding, we’re here for you. Support your industry, protect your future.

  • We exercise a system of one-member-one-vote democracy at branch level (southern, central and northern branches which meet monthly between October and April).
  • We operate a representative democratic system at our national council (which meets monthly throughout the year), and through our sector committees (Meat & Livestock, Dairy, Cereals, Land, Potatoes & Vegetables and Publicity & New Entrants.)
  • Members of the Board are elected from their branches, sector committee representatives are ratified by the membership AGM having been nominated by the branches.
  • Manx NFU Board directs the work of the President and Vice-president, who direct the work of the General Secretary.

What does the Manx NFU do?

  • The principal activities of the MNFU are to champion Manx farming and provide representation and professional services to its Farmer and Grower members.
  • We provide information and advice for members from all sectors of farming: dairy, arable, sheep, beef, pigs, poultry, vegetable, bio-fuel, organic and conventional
  • We lobby to ensure the farmers’ voice is heard at the heart of government, both in the Isle of Man and across the UK and Europe.
  • We raise awareness of Manx food and farming through the news & media.
  • We foster links between Manx farmers and other organisations such as the Young Farmers, Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, MEA, IOM Water Authority, processors, supermarkets, IOM Farmers’ Markets etc.
  • We negotiate prices and support levels on behalf of all farmers.
  • We consult on agricultural policy.
  • We drive the direction of agricultural policy based on feedback from our members.
  • We are your voice.