NFU Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme

31 August 2022

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What the programme entails:

This Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme is a year-long series of events designed to give NFU Student & Young Farmer members under the age of 27 the opportunity to impact the future of the agricultural industry by working with the NFU and to put their own stamp on the future of British farming.

Why take part?

  • This is an opportunity to represent the younger generation of farmers within the UK's biggest farming membership organisation
  • Create long standing relationships with like-minded people from all farming sectors around the country
  • Experience new aspects of the agricultural industry from horticulture to dairy
  • Be at the heart of political change as it unfolds
  • Help the farming industry become more progressive and break boundaries
  • It will be an amazing asset to add to your CV
  • Promote yourself, your college, or your business locally and nationally
  • Increase your knowledge of the inner workings of the NFU
  • You will receive training to enable you to write for national publications, present to schools, speak to the media and engage with MPs

What's the application criteria?

  • Be an NFU Student & Young Farmer member (It's free! Sign up at www.nfuonline.com/student)
  • 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 (see timetable below)
  • Those with 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.

NFU S&YFAP Inclusivity Pledge

We believe the more diversity within agriculture, the more innovative and sustainable the future of farming will be. In line with the NFU’s value of inclusivity, the Student & Young Farmer Ambassador Programme has always welcomed applicants from different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives.

We especially welcome applications from people who feel their community has, so far, been underrepresented in the agriculture industry or in the S&YFAP group, be that in relation to (but not limited to) their race, colour, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression.

What does it cost?

The NFU will ensure that the programme is free for participants, and that Ambassadors are not left out of pocket. All food, overnight stays and travel expenses will be covered as long as participants attend all events.

When are applications open?

Applications are open between 31 August and 31 October 2022. Following a first-stage online application, successful candidates will be invited to a final-stage interview in November 2022.

Timetable*

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, rescheduled, or changed. Specific dates will be confirmed at a later stage.

Application form

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