National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

28 July 2020

Five of the 11 new farmers chosen by the NFU to join the Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme are YFC members and will help to represent the future generation of British farmers over the next 12 months.

This is the second year that the NFU has run the programme and the 11 farmers beat off stiff competition from more than 130 applicants. YFC AGRI has been pleased to welcome student ambassadors to join the regular YFC AGRI Zoom meetings this year and looks forward to continuing this relationship.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “We were delighted with the first year of our Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme. Those taking part played a vital role in helping us tell the incredible story of British farming at public events, in magazines and across national, regional and trade media and on social media.

“This new group of ambassadors will be representing British farming at a unique and critical point in time for our industry. This autumn will see the formation of a new Agriculture Bill, a new Environment Bill and a new Trade Bill. And from the start of 2021, UK agriculture is going to be finding its feet in a new world outside of the EU and we will need this next generation of farmers to be advocates, representing a bright and progressive future for farming

“It’s great to see these young people already making their mark in the farming industry and reaching out to different audiences to share our Back British Farming message. The programme aims to give them a fantastic opportunity to amplify their voice and I can’t wait to start working with them.”

The NFU’s Student & Young Farmer Ambassadors for 2020/2021 are:

Zoe Legg, South West – young farmer and social media campaigner (Member of Devon FYFC)

Karl Franklin, South East – former chef and new entrant sheep farmer (Member of Oxfordshire FYFC)

Nia Borsey, Wales – rural planner and newspaper columnist (Member of Betws-yn-Rhos YFC)

Lauren David, Wales – livestock farmer and University of Reading student (Member of Maendy FYFC)

Josie Troop, East Midlands – agri-education advocate (Member of Nottinghamshire FYFC)

Matthew Rollason, North West – beef farmer and British Farming Awards winner

Joe Bramall, North West – dairy farmer, YouTuber and Harper Adams student

Cameron Knee, North East – agri-consultant and agronomist

Katie Smith, West Midlands – new entrant farmer and Harper Adams student

Harriet Bartlett, East Anglia – University of Cambridge PhD student

Eveey Hunter, East Anglia – arable farmer with a passion for education.

NFYFC Chairman Dewi Parry said: “It’s great to see so many YFC members among this line up of young people chosen to represent the next generation of farmers. All the ambassadors will have some amazing opportunities over the next year and we hope they will all continue to share those experiences with the YFC community too. Congratulations to everyone who has been successful.”



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