The NFU has kicked off recruitment for its successful Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme for its second year and is searching for young people from across England and Wales to make a mark on British farming in 2020.
The programme made a huge impact in its first year, with ambassadors representing Britain’s farmers at more than fourteen events, in dozens of media appearances, and across the length and breadth of the country.
8-12 young people who are passionate about farming and rural life will be given a chance to represent the NFU at events such as the Lord Mayor’s Show and NFU Conference, and guest edit the NFU’s #StudentFarmer magazine.
Successful applicants will gain a unique insight into some essential aspects of the agricultural industry, with previous trips including a tour of the Houses of Parliament, a visit to the European Parliament in Brussels and an overview of the British cut flower supply chain.
NFU President Minette Batters said: “I am thrilled at the success of our Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme in 2019 and have been incredibly proud to see our ambassadors representing the next generation, who are going to be crucial in championing farming in the years to come.
“I encourage anyone with a passion for this industry who wants to make their voice heard and open the door to a career in agriculture to apply. I can’t wait to welcome the new class of 2020 to the NFU and watch them make their mark.”
Ambassadors from the first cohort praised the programme and urged young farmers to get involved.
Young farmer and university student Anna Hunt, from East Anglia, said: “The programme has been such a fantastic opportunity. It has been great to see like-minded people within the industry, have guidance in crucial skills and to have our voices heard as part of the future of farming.
“I have really felt as if we have made an impact spreading the positive message of British farming.”
Agricultural engineering lecturer Gethin Johnson, from Carmarthenshire, said: “To be one of ten like-minded young farmers on the NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme this year has been an incredible experience.
“From parading a tractor through the streets of London in front of more than 500,000 spectators to being sat in the European Parliament in Brussels, it’s truly been a once in a lifetime experience and I urge every young farmer to apply for this year’s ambassadorship.”