Search begins for new Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors
7th September 2021
The NFU is once again on the hunt for young people who are passionate about agriculture to join its successful Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Programme and is calling on 18–26-year-olds from across England and Wales to apply for the scheme, now in its third year.
Being an ambassador is an opportunity to represent the NFU, as well as the future of farming, at events, including the Lord Mayor’s Show and the NFU’s annual conference. The position allow students and young farmers alike to network with like-minded people and experience new aspects of agriculture, from the supply chain to politics.
New to the scheme this year is the introduction of an Inclusivity Pledge. Applicants who feel their community has been underrepresented in agriculture, whether in terms of race, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity, are particularly encouraged to apply.
NFU president Minette Batters said: “The Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors are some of the most integral people to the NFU, helping to tell the fantastic story of British farming and share their own inspiring journeys, so that we can improve our industry together.
“That is why this year we have introduced the Inclusivity Pledge to ensure the ambassador scheme is the most representative and diverse it can possibly be. We want to hear from anyone who feels passionately about agriculture and wants to champion the future of farming.
“It’s always an exciting moment when the first applications come in and we get to see just how many enthusiastic young people there are in our industry, I can’t wait to see what mark this cohort will make.”
Katie Smith, a 2020/21 ambassador from the West Midlands said: “The NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors Programme is a fabulous opportunity for young people interested in the future of British agriculture. As someone who is really keen to get involved in the industry but doesn’t come from a farming background, it has given me so many opportunities to speak to industry experts, receive invaluable training and give my opinions on projects that will help shape the future of agriculture.”
To find out more about the 2020/21 ambassadors, click here.
What’s the application criteria?
- Be an NFU Student & Young Farmer member (it’s free to sign up at www.nfuonline.com/student)
- Aged between 18 and 26
- To be located in England or Wales
- Have a vested interest in the future of farming and rural affairs
- Available to attend all events with confirmed dates
- Those with an interest in speaking to the media and writing for NFU publications
- Be committed to promoting the values of inclusivity and kindness in the industry.
Applications are open from Monday 6th September 2021. Click here to apply.