Young Farmers encouraged to stand up and be heard
Young Farmers need to put themselves out there and make their voices heard - that was the principal message from the NFYFC's AGRI Forum, sponsored by Kuhn Farm Machinery.
Dozens of people turned up to the Forum at the NFYFC's Annual Convention in Torquay to hear expert advice on what the future might hold for Young Farmers. AGRI Steering Group Chairman, Lynsey Martin, former NFU President Sir Peter Kendall, experienced arable farmer James Price and Tom Rawson, director and co-founder of Evolution farming, made up the panel for this year's Fourm.
Each panellist gsve their own unique insight into their experiences and what Young Farmers can do to make the agricultural industry sustainable. But ultimately, each panellist was in agreement that getting your name and face out there, gaining good experience and making your voice heard, is key for succeeding in the industry.
James Price said: “You’ve got to stand out. Whether that be doing something off the farm or doing something with the resources you’ve got available on the farm. It’s very hard to do, but that’s the way to do it. Get out there, get your name out there, get your face out there.”
Tom Rawson said: “You’ve got to try and build your CV up. The first thing I did was join my local grassland society and became Chairman, which put me in good stead. Building your CV is something that not a lot of people think about doing.”
Peter Kendall said: “All of my public speaking experience is down to being in Young Farmers. Giving people the confidence to discuss and be passionate about their industry is something I think Young Farmers gives in the most unrivalled way possible. Getting young people to be confident and debate issues is fantastic. If we can get more young people in front of the general public, explaining our passion for what we do – that’s a massive thing for the future of our industry."
You can see the best photos from this year's AGRI Forum on the NFYFC Facebook page.
You can also watch the AGRI Forum in full here: