NFU begins search for a new cohort of Student & Young Farmer Ambassadors

31 August 2022

2021 - 2022 Student & Young Farmer Ambassador's at their induction

2021 - 2022 Student & Young Farmer Ambassador's at their induction

The NFU is looking for young people passionate about British food and farming to help represent the voice of the next generation in agriculture, with applications open once again for its successful Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Programme.

The year-long programme, now in its fourth year, gives successful applicants the opportunity to advocate for British agriculture and represent their industry at key agricultural and political events, promoting the value of British food and farming to the nation.

The Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Programme runs alongside the Next Generation Forum, Poultry Industry Programme, Cereals Development Programme and the Sugar Industry Programme as part of the NFU’s work to support the next generation of farmers.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “The Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors are really important to the work of the NFU, helping to represent the voice and views of young farmers and highlighting the work that needs to be done to secure their future and the future of the industry.

“Over the past three years, we have been incredibly lucky to have some fantastic ambassadors who have gone on to do brilliant things. I know that this year will be no different with them continuing help to raise the profile of British farming and underpin its vital importance.

“I’m incredibly proud of the programme’s commitment to inclusivity and I am committed to ensuring this remains an integral part of our ambassador programme.  Diversity and inclusion are absolutely critical for any successful industry and we want to hear from anyone who feels passionately about agriculture and wants to champion the future of farming.”

Jess Langton, East Midlands representative in 2021/22, said: ‘The Student & Young Farmer Programme has given me a chance to share my experiences of the agricultural industry with other like-minded individuals. It’s enabled me to make many connections and given me opportunities I wouldn’t have had any other way. Being part of a diverse group of ambassadors has meant we’ve all bought something different to the group and continue to learn from each other.”

Zoe Legg , South West representative in 2020/21, said: “I would say the biggest thing the programme has given me is confidence. I feel like it has given me a valid voice within the industry and encouraged me to share my views and opinions on elements of the agricultural industry that will affect my future.”

More information

Applications are open from 31st August 2022. Click here to apply.

Application criteria:

  • Be an NFU Student & Young Farmer member (It’s free! Join online here)
  • Aged between 18 and 26 (on 1 January 2023)
  • 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
  • Have 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.

For more information about the programme and its benefits, click here.

To find out more about the 21/22 ambassadors, click here.


January 2023: Two-day induction programme at NFU HQ Stoneleigh

February 2023:

Attend NFU Conference across two days at the ICC in Birmingham, including attending political sessions, workshops, sector breakouts, formal dinner and an overnight stay

March 2023:

Spend a day with your regional colleagues to learn about what happens on a regional and local level

April 2023:

Visit the NFU’s external affairs team in Westminster and go on a tour of the Houses of Parliament

May 2023:

Help to guest-edit the NFU Student & Young Farmer Takeover Edition of Student Farmer magazine

June to August 2023:

Represent the NFU at agricultural shows and events over the Summer.

Industry and farm visits.

September 2023:

Support the NFU’s Back British Farming Day in lobbying government to see the value of British food and farming

November 2023:

Represent the British agricultural industry at Lord Mayor’s Show in London, including an overnight stay the night before

January 2024:

Handover to the next cohort of ambassadors

*Timetable is subject to change, and events may be removed, changed or dates changed.

** These dates will be confirmed at a later stage