More education and understanding needed about British farming
Educate more people about British farming and ensure the future viability of rural areas plead Young Farmers to politicians.
The requests to Government were made at a post-Brexit discussion group, held after the main AGRI Forum during Annual Convention 2017, which was facilitated by NFU Vice President Guy Smith and NFU Next Generation Chair Richard Bower.
The aim of the session was to encourage YFC members to get their voices heard by Government ahead of the formation of a future agricultural policy.
Smith told members that their future was “going to be decided now,” by a general election and then an agricultural policy that would be created for the first time in 50 years by a British Government.
He asked YFC members to get into groups to discuss the key issues and then to state what their question would be to a politician about those issues.
Among the requests was more education as one group felt a whole generation had missed out on farm-to-fork education and an understanding on where their food came from. While others demanded to know what investments would be made into UK agriculture and the rural economy to ensure that not just farming survives – but also the industries that depend upon it.
President Elect Charlotte Smith also attended the session and explained that the majority of people do not understand farming and that Young Farmers needed to make it “accessible” to as many people as possible. “Show what you give to society,” Charlotte told them.
YFC members were told to get their voices heard in shaping the future policy as it was their future that it would impact.
Guy Smith said: “You need to be aware about how what we do influences other people. We want to be world beaters in standards, productivity and technology.”