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Young farmers debate their rural futures with presenter Charlotte Smith and industry experts

Members of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) will discuss their hopes and fears for a rural future post-Brexit with Farming Today presenter and NFYFC President Charlotte Smith at the organisation’s AGRI Brunch in Blackpool on 5 May.
 
Joining Charlotte will be a panel of industry stalwarts who have enjoyed successful agri careers. They will offer critical advice to the next generation of farmers on diversifying businesses and tackling the challenges ahead.
 
The event, called the Big Ideas Brunch, which is sponsored by Kuhn Farm Machinery UK and supported by Defra, will be held on Saturday 5 May in the Pavilion Theatre at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool from 10.30am.  
 
The AGRI Brunch is an important part of the Annual Convention weekend for YFC members and representatives from the agricultural and rural industries. This year’s discussion will highlight any concerns that young people are having about working in the industry now that Brexit negotiations are underway.
 
The panel includes Rob Boole, agronomist, owner of Boole crop specialists and founder of Greenway Training, Sir John Campbell, founder of the multi-million pound business Glenrath Farms and Chris Cardell, a Cornish tenant farmer.

NFYFC President Charlotte Smith, who will be facilitating the session at the Winter Gardens, said: “NFYFC’s AGRI Brunch is a great opportunity for young farmers to get a load of insider advice from people who have been there, done it and succeeded! 

“NFYFC’s panelists will offer crucial advice about developing businesses and embracing change. I can’t wait to hear their stories and learn how they have managed their careers.”

The AGRI Brunch is organised by NFYFC’s Agricultural and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group and a new topic is chosen annually.
 
AGRI Chairman James Hutchinson, from Wiltshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, said it was important to give young farmers the opportunity to discuss their rural futures with experts who had achieved plenty in the industry.
 
James Hutchinson said: “There’s never been a greater need for a highly-skilled and efficient workforce to keep the countryside thriving, producing great quality food, sustainable tourism and natural habitats - and boosting brand Britain!
 
“Any YFC members who are into technology and training, food, farming and the countryside should join us for this event to share their views and questions about their rural future. Our panel of experts are a great example of what can be achieved in this vast industry and we hope that everyone will be inspired by their ideas and wisdom.”
 
Kuhn Farm Machinery also sponsor the AGRI Steering Group as well as the AGRI Brunch event.
 
Siân Pritchard, Managing Director at Kuhn Farm Machinery (UK), said: “As an active supporter and sponsor of the NFYFC Agri and Rural Steering Group, the Big Ideas Brunch is understandably one of the highlights in KUHN’s year with NFYFC. It’s the perfect platform for young farmers to learn from industry leaders, but also gives them an opportunity to share their point of view on today’s post-Brexit environment. We look forward to a lively discussion!”
 
The AGRI Brunch starts at 10.30am with free bacon rolls and a chance to network with young farmers and industry exhibitors before the debate begins at 11am.
 
Follow the discussion on Twitter using #yfcagribrunch
 
NOTES TO EDITORS.  
 
For photos of panelists or to arrange interviews with any of our speakers, please contact cheryl.liddle@nfyfc.org.uk for further information.  

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