New entrants, students and YFC members alike joined at Harper Adams University for Defra’s 25-year Food and Farming Plan, aimed at the next generation of farmers.
Audience members quizzed the Defra representatives about education in the field, breaking down trade barriers and consumer confidence.
Environment Secretary, Liz Truss said it was fantastic that so many young people with such great enthusiasm for farming’s future attended the event.
"We are hugely ambitious for the industry’s future - we want to champion technology, build skills and bring a new generation into food and farming by trebling apprenticeships.
We are working with industry to develop a long-term plan to ensure a bright future for the sector and are gathering views from a diverse group of people - from major national retailers to UK-wide industry bodies, charities to small local businesses.
“It is great to hear about the priorities of the next generation. It is their creativity and dynamism that will be essential for delivering our 25-year plan and making the most of the opportunities which lie ahead."
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Lynsey Martin, chairman of the NFYFC AGRI forum said she was incredibly proud to be invited along to the meeting.
"As a young person in the industry, Defra’s 25-year plan will be affecting the best part of my career and the careers of my peer group - it was vital that we got the opportunity to help shape the plan and contribute our ideas.
"I was particularly pleased to see that so many young people attended the event and engaged with the Defra representatives.
“For me, the main take away message was that young people are enthusiastic and positive about the agricultural industry and are keen to contribute their thoughts on their futures in the sector.”