The NFU is giving eight young farmers and a Back British Farming supporter the opportunity to land starring roles representing British farming in one of the most popular historic civic pageants in the world.
The NFU is looking for a group of young farming champions from across England and Wales to join the Worshipful Company of Farmers and New Holland in this year’s Lord Mayor’s Show to help take the Back British Farming message into the heart of the City of London.
In addition, one passionate supporter of the NFU’s Back British Farming campaign is being sought to join in and help spread the word.
The 802nd parade takes place on Saturday, November 11 and includes most of the 110 livery companies along with more than 7,500 participants, 200 horses, 20 marching bands, dancers, performers, armed forces and Modern Livery Companies.
NFU Vice President Guy Smith said: “Having the young farmers with us at the Lord Mayor’s show provides the perfect platform to engage with the watching crowds and inform them about the crucial role of farming and its vital place in the wider food industry. We are hoping this competition will help to showcase another group of young farmers who’re all passionate about what they do.”
Richard Bower, chairman of the NFU’s Next Generation Policy Forum, was part of the NFU group of young farmers in the Lord Mayor’s Show two years ago.
He said: “Being asked to represent British farming at the Lord Mayor’s show in 2015 is something I will never forget.
“Showcasing our fantastic industry in the capital city is so important and the support my fellow young farmers and I received from the public on the day was amazing. If you get the chance to do this then grab it with both hands.
“There are some fantastic young farmers out there doing great things, so please get nominating.”
The NFU is asking for nominations for young farmers, aged 18-30, who have made an outstanding contribution to the farming sector, someone who is helping to make a difference or who has a great story to tell.
Nominations are also open to members of the public over the age of 18 who are passionate about Backing British Farming.
1. The 2017 Lord Mayor’s Show takes place on Saturday, November 11, 2017 in the City of London.
2. To be considered, all farmer nominees must hold NFU membership. If you're not a member yet, you can join as a Student and Young Farmer for free. Nominees who have been nominated under the Back British Farming supporter category do not need to hold NFU membership.
3. Please include as much information as possible on why you think your nominee deserves to represent British farming and the wider farming industry. Nominations close on July 12 and a shortlist of finalists will be drawn up for 28 July by a panel of farming experts.
4. By submitting the nomination you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, please read them prior to submitting your nomination.