Entries open for 2024 NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme

The NFU is calling young people with a genuine passion for British food and farming to take part in its popular Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme and represent the voice of the next generation in agriculture in 2024.

The 12-month programme has been running successfully for almost five years, providing a unique opportunity to advocate for British agriculture, learn more about the industry and develop a range of skills.

Successful applicants will have the opportunity to fly the flag for the industry at important agricultural and political events, showcasing the significance of British food and farming to the nation.

To ensure the application process is accessible for everyone, this year aspiring ambassadors are asked to send in a video application, giving them the opportunity to show their personality, communications skills and enthusiasm for farming.

NFU president Minette Batters said: “Student & Young Farmer Ambassadors play an instrumental role in engaging and educating young people, representing the voice and views of young farmers and highlighting the work that needs to be done to raise our domestic food security up the political agenda.”

She added ambassadors have achieved some amazing results over the past four years and encouraged anyone thinking about applying to get involved.

“I am immensely proud of the programme’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity, as embracing diversity is vital for the success of any industry and we welcome anyone who is passionate about agriculture and wants to champion the future of farming,” Ms Batters concluded.

Hannah Cuthbert, an NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador for 2022/23, said of the role: “The programme has connected me with amazing individuals who share my passion for agriculture. Together, we’ve shared ideas, discussed our vision for the future of British farming and made a tangible impact over the past year.

“The programme has also provided opportunities to attend fantastic events, share my experiences and boost my confidence along the way.”

The scheme runs alongside NFU’s other programmes to support the next generation, including the Poultry Industry Programme, Cereals Development Programme and Sugar Industry Programme.

For more information and to apply, visit the NFU website here.

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