Kate Lee - New and emerging technologies
I am 28 years old and I worked for the UK farming unions and the National Pig Association in Brussels from September 2006 until September 2012. Whilst this was a very cosmopolitan life I lived and breathed agriculture every day in trying to communicate the needs and aspirations of UK farmers to policy makers.
Key policies I worked included organic food, biotechnology, cloning, food labelling and climate change. I also worked with the EU Commission, Member State Governments and the European Parliament at a crucial time when welfare laws were coming into force on farm animals such as laying hens and pigs.
I had a joyful upbringing in Cheshire, I have a twin sister Jenny and a younger sister Amy who work in photography and fashion. I love languages and speak French, Spanish, Portuguese and I am learning Danish. Otherwise in my spare time I enjoy hiking, running half marathons (I could never do a full one!) and touch rugby. I am also partial to a bit of singing and dancing!
Top Australian farmers in Brussels - very soon!
Tomorrow sees the arrival of 10 of this year's Australian scholars in Brussels. They want to know exactly what the UK NFUs' Brussels office gets up to at the EU institutions!
Three UK scholars and one from Ireland also make up the contingent.
The last time I saw the group was during our induction conference in February (see picture) I can't wait to catch up and show them what we do over here.
Highlights include speaking to the EU Commission about farm economics, a tour of the European Parliament, meetings with Australian and U.S. Government officials, a discussion with BirdLife Europe and a farm visit with Bayer Crop Science.
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