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Young Farmers urged to think smart in preparation for unpredictable future

Young Farmers will be advised on how to seize a better farming future at the AGRI Forum at this year’s NFYFC Annual Convention in Blackpool.

The theme for this year’s Forum, sponsored by Kuhn Farm Machinery, is “Living for today – striving for tomorrow!”. It aims to provide YFC members with valuable knowledge and skills in order to prepare for a potentially uncertain future.

The Forum also takes on a new twist this year, as it will be followed by a discussion about the EU referendum, aimed at helping Young Farmers make a decision about how to vote on 23rd June.

The focus of the discussion will centre very much on the importance of supply chains within agriculture. This is very much reflected in this year’s panel, which consists of Jan Godsell, Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Strategy at the University of Warwick; Matthew Naylor, columnist with Farmers Weekly and managing director of Naylor Flowers Ltd; and Alan Jagoe, President of the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA). The Forum will be chaired by Sam Dilcock, chairman of NFYFC’s AGRI Steering Group.

Sam said: “This is our chance, as Young Farmers, to have the ear of industry and policy makers, to voice our concerns, needs and hopes for a productive but profitable future. We can also assure YFC members that we are developing new initiatives for training, industry partnerships and future policy.”

Hosted annually by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC), the AGRI Forum focuses on issues affecting Young Farmers and the future of farming. It is an exclusive opportunity for YFC members to hear from leading industry figures as well as share their own views.

The AGRI Forum will take place in the Spanish Hall at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool on Saturday 7th May. Doors will open from 11:00am, when visitors can speak to exhibitors and pick up a free bacon roll before the Forum commences at 12:00pm.

For further information, including profiles of each of the panellists, visit: www.yfcconvention.org.uk/whats-on/agri-forum. Follow the discussion on Twitter, using the hashtag #YFCAGRIForum.

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