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Young Farmers urged to face tough times to achieve a bright future

Young Farmers urged to face tough times to achieve a bright future

Young Farmers will be told by industry experts that the future of agriculture looks bright – but they must be prepared to face a variety of challenges in order to make it happen.

Hundreds of Young Farmers are expected to attend the Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Forum at the 2015 Annual Convention in Torquay. The forum, which is sponsored by Kuhn Farm Machinery, provides a unique platform for young farmers to discuss topical agricultural issues with leading industry figures who will share their experiences and insight.

This year’s forum is titled: “What is your future in farming?” and will feature an expert panel of current AHDB Chairman and former NFU President, Sir Peter Kendall (pictured above), award-winning arable farmer, James Price, and Director and Co Founder of Evolution farming, Tom Rawson.

The AGRI Forum is always a key feature of the NFYFC Annual Convention and this year’s forum is predicted to be the most popular yet. There is also a new look to this year’s Forum as the panel will be taking questions from people over Twitter, using the hashtag #yfcagriforum.

Duncan McLeish, national sales manager at KUHN Farm Machinery, said: "As an organisation, we care deeply about the future of agriculture in this country and the legacy that we leave to the next generation of Young Farmers. We fully support what the NFYFC do and are keen to promote the great work that Young Farmers are doing across England and Wales. This sponsorship with NFYFC enables us to understand the challenges that face young farmers today. We have only been supporting NFYFC since October, but we hope that this is the start of an exciting partnership.

“I’m really looking forward to the discussion at the AGRI Forum. I don’t view a future in farming to be limited to just solely working on a farm but into a vast area of related industries working with and supporting agriculture.”

Massey Ferguson is the headline sponsor of this year’s Annual Convention and Campbell Scott, Massey Ferguson’s director of sales, engineering and brand development, gave some important advice to any Young Farmer attending the AGRI Forum.

“All of the panellists at this year’s AGRI Forum are leaders in their field. They have all demonstrated that they have been able to succeed, regardless of the challenges. I would say to any Young Farmers attending the AGRI Forum that this is the opportunity to cross-question these experts as to what they believe to be the critical factors in success.

“Those guys have all proved that they can make it big time in their field and what I tend to find is that successful people are always happy to share their success with others.”

This year’s Forum starts at 12:00pm and will include a hog roast lunch for all attendees.

The Forum is one of a number of events taking place during NFYFC’s Annual Convention, where approximately 5,000 young farmers will be gathering from 24-26 April in Torquay.

For further information about the AGRI Forum, please visit: www.yfcconvention.org.uk/whats-on/agri-forum/

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