01 May 2013
Hundreds of young farmers are expected to attend the Agriculture and Rural Affairs (ARAC) Forum 2013, which is supported by Defra and provides a unique platform for young farmers to discuss topical agricultural issues, at 10.30am on Saturday 4 May in the Spanish Hall of the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.
David Fursdon, the leader of the industry-wide review into the Future of Farming, will be a panellist at the Forum and is eager to hear from young farmers about the state of the sector.
David Fursdon, leader of the Future of Farming review, said:
“In carrying out this review about new entrants and their impact on the future of the farming industry, it is vital to hear first hand from young farmers about their hopes, opportunities and frustrations in this regard. There is no better place to hear this clearly and unadulterated than at Blackpool at the NFYFC Convention.”
Other panellists will include the President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA) Joris Baecke who will discuss what European young farmers are doing to secure their future, as well as a presentation from Lantra’s Madge Moore.
These industry experts will hold three discussion groups:
Young Farmers....nils points?
CEJA President Joris Baecke – Find out what European young farmers are thinking and doing about their future.
What help’s on offer for young farmers?
Lantra’s Madge Moore – How can you help yourself?
Your Country Needs You!
David Fursdon – Feed into the Future of Farming review and share your concerns and requests for your farming and rural future.
Chris Bateman, NFYFC’s Agricultural and Rural Affairs Chairman said:
“2013 is shaping up to be a turning point for young people in British agriculture, and the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Forum 2013 will provide a unique opportunity for every YFC member to influence the future of farming.
“This is a chance to discuss, face-to-face, what members want from the industry with some of the leading figures in both European and British Agriculture.”
Following on from the Forum, there will be a locally sourced buffet lunch, which has been kindly sponsored by Massey Ferguson.
The Forum is one of a number of events taking place as part of NFYFC’s Annual Convention 2013, where more than 4,000 young farmers will be gathering from 3-5 May in Blackpool. Other events include NFYFC’s national competition finals, trophy presentations and the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 5 May where members will discuss the future of the Federation.
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