From the editor: Young Farmer's clubs offer much needed perspective

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AT a moment when the country has seemingly turned in on itself by voting for Brexit, it is easy to feel that cultural insularity is a defining attribute of many within the UK.


And while much thought will be given to the implications of the global market on the UK, thought is possibly not given to what other countries think of us and our decision to cut ties with the EU.


For young people in rural areas, however, the opportunities have always been there for them to shift their gaze to farms across the world via many of the travel programmes put on by the Young Farmer network across all parts of the UK.


Travelling and spending time with real farming families around the globe allows members the chance to broaden their horizons, understand different farming systems and also get a better appreciation of how UK farming is perceived by other nations.


It also enables scores of youngsters the chance to learn more about themselves before, often, returning to the home farm and implementing what they have learnt about the industry and their own capabilities.


At times it feels as though the decision of many voters, and many farmers, to extricate the UK from the shackles of Europe has also led to a desire for many to distance themselves from the wider global agricultural picture.


The reality remains, however, that the role of global trade and knowledge transfer across international borders is only going to grow, not diminish, as time goes on.


By exploring the world through many of the Young Farmer programmes, rural youngsters have the chance to witness for themselves what is making the wheels of global farming turn.


The Young Farmers’ organisations across all the deveolved nations should be praised for giving their members these fantastic, life-altering opportunities and for maintaining the option to see the world.


Young Farmers’ clubs really are one of the jewels in the crown of British rural life and should be treasured for all the opportunities they provide.


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