Young Farmers Concerned Over Post-Brexit Policy

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) is launching a new post-Brexit online survey to ensure young people are considered as part of a future British Agricultural Policy.

The survey, which can be accessed online is open to all Young Farmers’ Clubs’ (YFC) members and those interested in supporting young people in agriculture. The feedback will be essential in helping NFYFC to push forward the views of the industry’s next generation when it meets with Defra in October ahead of a new British Agricultural Policy.

Sam Dilcock

Sam Dilcock

The survey is also being supported by a Know Your Future Market Forum, in October, which will involve young farmers and industry leaders discussing future opportunities in agriculture following the Brexit result.

The Forum is being hosted at KUHN Farm Machinery (UK) Ltd, Telford, Shropshire at 10am on 1 October. Kuhn is the national sponsor of the NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues Steering Group.

The event includes presentations and discussion groups to highlight where young farmers can get support to grow businesses. Speakers include Clarke Willis, the CEO of Anglia Farmers Group, Adam Quinney from AHDB and Anthony Davison from BigBarn CIC, while collaborative start-up advice is on offer from UKTI West Midlands, Fresh Start Land Partnerships Service and Farm491 – a new £5.5 million agritech at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU). Upcoming young farmers Jock Muirhead, Russell Carrington and Sam Dilcock will highlight their business journeys and aspirations.

Sam Dilcock, NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) group chairman, said:
Brexit has created a lot of uncertainty in agriculture and as YFC members represent the future of the industry NFYFC believes it is imperative to actively seek the views from those who will be affected. We are encouraging all young farmers and anyone supporting young people in the industry to go online and share their views in the survey.

“Collaboration is a theme that runs through our work and we want to reflect this in the way we stimulate members and like-minded people to put their ideas forward. We will continue that process to ensure our voices are heard to help shape a vibrant and collaborative future British agricultural policy.”

The survey and Forum are open to other like-minded groups including the NFU Next Generation; NSA Next Generation; Innovative Farmers; Innovation for Agriculture; Fresh Start Land Partnership and the Henry Plumb Foundation.


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