The NFU is on the hunt for the next generation of farming ambassadors to help to represent the industry in a positive light and explain how producers are working to feed the nation and care for the environment.
As food and farming are increasingly on the national agenda, 12 individuals from across the North East and East Midlands regions are being sought for three days of specialist training to earn them a place in the industry’s front row.
The training is being offered as part of the latest Farming Ambassadors programme, an initiative that has already helped a number of farmers and growers speak more confidently at meetings and communicate well-informed points through the media.
Following on from this success, two further three-day courses will take place in November and December, providing practical one-to-one training on developing media, presentation, chairmanship and negotiation skills.
Open to anyone involved in a farming or horticultural business across the two regions, the course is being funded through the Rural Development Programme for England as part of a contract secured by ADAS to deliver management training in the industries.
NFU North East regional director Barney Kay said: “In return, we are seeking people with the drive and determination to develop the skills needed to really make an impact, whether that’s on the political stage or closer to home as the face of your county or sector.
“This programme offers a great opportunity for people make friends and have fun, but also receive first class intensive training that will greatly benefit them and their business, as well as the wider industry.
“The last course was heavily over-subscribed and feedback from participants was excellent. I am expecting a similar response this time around.”
Twelve places are available. The closing date for all applications is October 11. Anyone interested should call 01904 451550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org