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.”