National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

30 January 2019

Young Farmers will be discussing their agricultural futures at an NFYFC AGRI event in February organised with NFYFC’s East Midlands AGRI group. 

The weekend event, called Take Control of Your Future, will include debate on topics around the environment, sustainable conservation agriculture, food security and agri-schemes. There will be five themed workshops, including speakers from Defra, the Chatsworth Estate, A Focus on Nature and the NFU – as well as young farmers.

AGRI’s Steering Group Vice Chair David Goodwin will be hosting one of the workshops with Rosie East from Defra’s Environmental Land Management (ELM) Scheme Design team to discuss conservation farming.

Other workshop topics include:

  • From farm to retail – led by Chatsworth Farm Manager David Howlett
  • Start farming from scratch but be resilient – new entrant Ben Thorley
  • Conservation collaboration – Peter Cooper from A Focus on Nature
  • What lies ahead for farmers? – NFU East Midlands Regional Director Gordon Corner

On Sunday, delegates will be given a tour of the Chatsworth Estate’s farm and shop.

AGRI Steering Group Chair James Hutchinson said: “We held a joint event with A Focus on Nature in 2017 and we're delighted that AFON's chair Pete Cooper will join us as well as a Defra ELM team member Rosie East so that we can all explore our farming and environmental future. With such a diverse range of speakers and the Chatsworth visit, it's a weekend not to be missed and devised to help with our farming future."

Book your place on the event here.


Saturday 9 February 2019

12.30 pm Arrival and lunch

2.00 pm Introduction

2.30 pm Themed workshops

Group 1 - Rosie East from Defra's ELM - Environmental Land Management - (Scheme Design team) and David Goodwin (Warwickshire FYFC) - conservation farming

Group 2 - David Howlett (Chatsworth Farm Manager) - from farm to retail

Group 3 - Ben Thorley (Derbyshire new entrant) - start farming from scratch but be resilient

Group 4 - Peter Cooper (A Focus On Nature) - conservation collaboration

Group 5 - Gordon Corner (NFU East Midlands Regional Director ) - what lies ahead for farmers?

3:45 pm Feedback from workshops

4:15 pm Tea

4:45 pm Panel discussion

5:45 pm Summary

6:00 pm Drinks and supper

10.30 pm End

Sunday 10 February 2019

8:30 am Breakfast at Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell Market

9:30 am Coach to Chatsworth Estate

10:00 am Estate, farm, farm shop visit

12.00 pm Return to Bakewell Market for 12.30 pm - depart


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