NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme 2024 applications open

01 September 2023

2022 - 2023 Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Group at NFU Conference 2023

2022 - 2023 Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Group

Calling all young people with a genuine passion and enthusiasm for British food and farming! The NFU is looking for applicants for its popular Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme. Ambassadors will help to represent the voice of the next generation in agriculture in 2024.

The 12 month programme has been running successfully for almost five years, providing a unique opportunity to advocate for British agriculture, learn more about the industry and develop a range of skills. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to fly the flag for the industry at important agricultural and political events, showcasing the significance of British food and farming to the nation.

This year, the application process is a little different to ensure it is accessible for everyone. To apply, prospective ambassadors are asked to send in a video application, giving them the opportunity to show their personality, communications skills and enthusiasm for farming.

NFU President Minette Batters said: “The Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme offers a brilliant opportunity to develop your knowledge of food and farming, while helping to garner public support for British agriculture. It runs alongside our other programmes, including the Poultry Industry Programme, Cereals Development Programme and Sugar Industry Programme to support the next generation.

“Student & Young Farmer Ambassadors play an instrumental role in engaging and educating young people, representing the voice and views of young farmers and highlighting the work that needs to be done to raise our domestic food security up the political agenda.

“Over the past four years, we’ve been fortunate to have outstanding ambassadors who have gone on to achieve remarkable things, and I would encourage anyone thinking about applying to take up the excellent opportunity. I am immensely proud of the programme’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity, as embracing diversity is vital for the success of any industry and we welcome anyone who is passionate about agriculture and wants to champion the future of farming.”

Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Hannah Cuthbert 2022/23 said: “The Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Programme has connected me with amazing individuals who share my passion for agriculture. Together, we’ve shared ideas, discussed our vision for the future of British farming and made a tangible impact over the past year. The programme has also provided opportunities to attend fantastic events, share my experiences and boost my confidence along the way.” 

More information: 

  1. Applications are open from 1 September 2023. Click here to apply.
  2. Application criteria:
    • Be an NFU Student & Young Farmer member. It’s free. Join online here.
    • Be aged between 18 and 30 (on 1 January 2023).
    • Be located in England or Wales.
    • Have a vested interest in the future of farming and rural affairs.
    • Be 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.
  1. For more information about the programme and its benefits, click here.
  2. To find out more about the 2022/2023 ambassadors, click here.

January 2024: Two-day induction programme at NFU HQ Stoneleigh.

February 2024: 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 2024: Spend a day with your regional colleagues to learn about what happens on a regional and local level.

April 2024: Learn how to teach school children about farming at a Farmers For School training day.

May 2024: Visit the NFU’s external affairs team in Westminster and go on a tour of the Houses of Parliament.

June to August 2024: Represent the NFU at agricultural shows and events over the Summer. Industry and farm visits.

August 2024: Help to guest-edit the NFU Student & Young Farmer Takeover Edition of Student Farmer magazine.

September 2024: Support the NFU’s Back British Farming Day in lobbying government to see the value of British food and farming.

November 2024: Represent the British agricultural industry at Lord Mayor’s Show in London, including an overnight stay the night before.

January 2025: Handover to the next cohort of ambassadors.

*Timetable is subject to change, and events may be removed, rescheduled, or changed. Specific dates will be confirmed at a later stage.