Smith said: "When writing the book I was struck by how many current issues seem to be echoes from the past. There is also the 100-year-long debate as to what extent the British people should be fed from Britain's own resources. The current issues concerning increasing food production are nothing new and go back to the very roots of the NFU."
The book profiles the NFU's presidents, including Colin Campbell in 1908, 1930s president Colonel Sir Reginald Dorman-Smith, who went on to become minister of agriculture, Lord Plumb and Peter Kendall.
The book is published by Halsgrove at £19.99.
- See www.nfu100.com