04 October 2016
Possibilities for a future ‘lending scheme’ for young farmers and more funding support for start-ups were just two of the major topics discussed at NFYFC’s Know Your Future Market Forum in October.
The event, which attracted 30 key industry figures, next generation initiative representatives and young farmers, was hosted at KUHN’s headquarters in Shropshire.
Presentations and debates explored collaboration, future business opportunities and topics from NFYFC’s post-Brexit survey. There was also plenty of advice on offer for young farmers about getting a job, making savings, finding a joint-venture and building up equity.
AGRI Chair Sam Dilcock said: “The advice throughout the day was to be bold, to make connections at county shows and industry events and to put yourself forward. Be hungry for an opportunity!
"I think everyone agreed it is the collective responsibility of the industry to promote skills, training and future opportunities.”
Among the presenters on the day was Jock Muirhead, an AGRI Steering Group member from Somerset FYFC. He shared his entrepreneurial experience as a 28 year-old tenant farmer running a successful show flock of North Country Cheviot sheep with his fiancée Katherine Bigwood.
Clarke Willis from Anglia Farmers also attended the event and said: “The enthusiasm for Young Farmers at the meeting to grow and develop their farming business was great to see. We need to mentor, support and ensure that funding streams are available to help them flourish.”
Among other positive reactions from industry figures at the Forum was Adam Quinney who tweeted: “Enjoyed the presentation by @tradegovuk_WM at @NFYFC meeting - providing info on your export products in the format/ language of the customer.”
NFYFC is encouraging members to set up their own local agri discussion groups too. Find out more information about setting up an AGRI discussion group.
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