This week the Sugar Industry Programme crossed the channel to find out more about the European politics and the NFU in Brussels.
The group met with MEP’s, European sugar figureheads and advisers from the NFU Brussels office. They also visited the European Parliament, a sugar beet factory, and finishing at the SESVANDERHAVE HQ R&D breeding facility .
The Sugar Industry Programme was launched in 2010/11 in conjunction with British Sugar. It is an initiative designed to engage younger growers through training and development.
Now in its fourth year, the 15 participants learn all about the sugar beet sector and how the NFU influences, adopts and communicates policy to growers.
Picture: MEPs left to right, George Lyon MEP, Robert Sturdy MEP (host), Dan Dalton (policy adviser), Richard Ashwoth MEP, Julie Girling MEP