National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

Future farming, future wildlife

This is a joint event developed between NFYFC, A Focus on Nature and the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT).  During this time of future policy change we want to make sure that as many young people as possible have the chance to debate and voice their opinions.

The event will examine how integrated farming, wildlife, woodland, and game conservation can work.  As well as an overview of the work of the GWCT, we will discuss different land management practices and the environment during a farm visit.

There wil be a range of experts at the event, including Quentin Clark, LEAF's director of business collaboration, National Pig Association (NPA) senior policy advisor Ed Barker, GWCT's Head of Training and Development for the Allerton Project Jim Egan and young farmers David Goodwin and Emily Norton. The afternoon workshop and discussion will be chaired by rural chartered surveyor and commentator Rob Yorke.  

You are invited to listen, learn, challenge speakers as well as voice your concerns and opinions. See research put into farming practice and enjoy a lively exchange of ideas amongst those at the event.

To book your place visit the Eventbrite page here.


10.00 am - 10.30 am - Arrive, registration, tea &coffee
10.30 am - 11.00 am - Introduction from Rob Yorke, Sarah Palmer (NFYFC) and Ben Eagle (A Focus on Nature)
A presentation from GWCT - The Allerton Project - ‘An integrated approach to farming and the environment’
11.10 am - 12.50 pm - Farm walk
1.00 pm - 1.30 pm - Lunch
1.30 pm - 3.30 pm - Panellists’ thoughts on land management and the environment followed by an interactive panel and audience discussion chaired by Rob Yorke
3.30 pm - 4.00 pm - Tea/coffee, depart

Supported by Defra


Emily Norton has a law degree from Cambridge, a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture from Harper Adams, and 10 years’ experience running a successful and fully diversified family farm business. She has used her skills in leadership, business strategy, law and agriculture for political research and policy thinking and working part-time as an assistant to Stuart Agnew MEP. Emily is a partner at J Norton and Sons, a diversified 170 hectare mixed dairy and arable farm in Norfolk and was a finalist in the Farmers Weekly Awards ‘Mixed Farmer of the Year 2017’. Twitter: @emilymnorton

Quentin Clark’s former role was Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing at Waitrose where he developed and embedded corporate and social responsibility (CSR) policy for Waitrose balancing business needs with a real commitment to green practices and “doing the right thing”. He is now LEAF's director of business collaboration, promoting sustainable food and farming. LEAF farmers are producing good food with care and to high environmental standards through Integrated Farm Management. Quentin works with LEAF’s farmer and corporate members to maximise the benefits of sustainable food production. Twitter:@leaf_farming

David Goodwin is a Harper Adams University graduate and young tenant arable and sheep farmer and contractor. David farms with his mother and father at Martson St Lawrence, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.  David is a Warwickshire FYFC member and NFYFC Council and AGRI steering group member. David incorporates conservation agriculture principles within his farming enterprises and is an active YFC representative on the LEAF Advisory Board.

Jim Egan is a former FWAG advisor and Head of Training and Development at the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Project. He has worked with farmers since 2001 on a range of projects and environmental advice delivery. His focus and expertise is around integrated environmental advice and helping farmers adopt environmentally friendly farming practices.
In addition to this, Jim is engaged with several high-profile supply chain clients. His role includes helping the supply chains work with farmers to encourage adoption of environmental best practice that does not impact on the overall viability of the farm business. Jim is passionate that commercially viable productive farming can work alongside good environmental management. Twitter: @JimEgan08

Ed Barker is a senior policy advisor for the National Pig Association.  His career has combined farming and politics working, starting out life in the House of Commons working as a parliamentary advisor for a Suffolk MP. Prior to this, Ed was national agricultural advisor for the Country Land and Business Association (CLA), based in London. He represented the European Landowners Organisation at European Commission meetings in Brussels and was the lead within the organisation on the Basic Payment Scheme, Bovine TB and CAP reform. Prior to the joining the National Pig Association, he undertook farm management consultancy work for Cheffins, based in Cambridge and Ely, managing a large mixed farming estate in Northamptonshire and overseeing a number of new stewardship agreements. Brought up on a Suffolk farm, with a first class degree in European Politics and an MA in the same subject, he also has 'hands on' experience with a number of agricultural businesses, including the home farm, based in Suffolk. Twitter: @edbarkerpig

Rob Yorke is a Royal Agricultural University (RAU) graduate in Rural Land Management and fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He was born near the New Forest but brought up in some of the wilder parts of the UK - Cumbria, North East England, West Scotland and Snowdonia, Wales. Rob worked as a land agent for the National Trust before setting up Rob Yorke Associates in 2002.  He combined London life for 13 years (commuting out of town as a land agent and writing a column ‘Urban Fox’ for the London Informer on wildlife) and now lives in the Black Mountains, South Wales with his wife and two children.
Rob successfully balances two hats as a rural chartered surveyor and commentator. He is a member of many organisations including: BTO (Looking Out for Birds); BASC, Mountain Bothies Association, Writers & Photo Guild, CLA, RSPB; Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust; Angling Trust and the Wild Trout Trust. Twitter: @blackgull


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