New Yorkshire Network Head Announced

The Yorkshire region’s link with Defra has a new head, and timing could not be more appropriate with the announcement of Defra’s 25 Year Food and Farming Plan consultation for Yorkshire and the North East scheduled for Tuesday 1 December.

Madge Moore, has been appointed Chairman of the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network which brings together rural communities, businesses and the food and farming industries, to identify and feedback local issues and concerns direct to Government. The Network is hosted and supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, best known as the organiser of the annual Great Yorkshire Show. She succeeds Charles Mills who became Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show earlier this year.

Madge Moore

Madge Moore

Her role will encompass leading discussions with Defra and related organisations at both national and regional levels, including Future Farmers of Yorkshire. One of her first tasks will be to chair the Defra consultation meeting at 12 noon on Tuesday 1 December at Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showground.

The event will showcase a number of Yorkshire examples of:

- Productivity and the Growing Economy

- Exporting to Global Markets

- Innovation and Agriculture

Speakers include James Hopwood, Director, Ibbotsons Produce Ltd, at York, Prof Rob Edwards, Head of Agriculture, University of Newcastle and Chair of the Farmer Scientist Network which is based at the showground, and Sam Hoste, on the planned livestock Centre for Agricultural Innovation based at the national AgriFood Innovation Campus, York.

This follows similar events around the country and provides a valuable opportunity to feed into and influence the government’s vision for agriculture over the next two decades and beyond.

Commenting on her new role Madge said:
“I am delighted to take up this appointment and look forward to building on the Network’s activity to date and Charles's leadership. The Network is ideally placed to act as a two way channel of communication to respond proactively to Defra’s latest Food and Farming Plan. I will continue to make it a priority that the voice of Yorkshire’s food, farming and rural businesses is heard and that both national and regional agencies respond accordingly.”

Madge, who was brought up on an East Yorkshire farm and lives in Roos near Withernsea, has extensive experience - as a farmer, and also on the national stage. Most recently she was Lantra’s National Director focusing on employer engagement across the environmental and land-based businesses.

An honours graduate in Botany, Madge began her career as a hybrid wheat breeder for Nickersons in Lincolnshire before she and her husband moved to his family farm in New Zealand. There she helped manage the mixed arable and livestock farm looking after 2,000+ breeding Romney sheep and mohair goats whilst developing various export initiatives, including evening primrose, grass seed and out of season plant multiplications for UK breeding firms.

On their return to the UK, Madge worked firstly for the Agricultural Training Board in Yorkshire and then Lantra. For the last two decades her national role has included working at senior levels with government, regional development agencies, trade, education and professional organisations, charities, as well as with employers in the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Yorkshire Agricultural Society

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