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Future Farmers of Yorkshire

Future Farmers of Yorkshire was launched in November 2010. It brings together like-minded farmers, vets and industry supporters.

The group was conceived by the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network (whose Executive includes farming organisations such as NFU, CLA, TFA and YFYFC, as well as public sector bodies such as Natural England, Animal Health and Local Authorities). The aim of the group is to improve knowledge transfer with a social, but informative, group for younger farmers. Further discussions with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, YFYFC, Eblex and the Yorkshire Veterinary Society, and particularly Bishopton Veterinary Practice, illustrated that there was wide industry support for a group such as this.

This is a group that anyone can join. At our last meeting we attracted farmers from all sectors, from a range of enterprise sizes and a mix of tenants, owner occupiers, managers and employees. 22% of attendees cited their main reason for attending was to make new business contacts.

We meet four times a year, including a Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show and a visit.

The members ranked (in order) the following as their reasons for attending:

  1. To make new business contacts
  2. Knowledge transfer
  3. A social occasion to meet like-minded people
  4. To gain ideas for their own businesses
  5. An opportunity for farmers and vets to interact
  6. To meet farmers facing similar challenges
  7. To see what the future holds for farming

The group has a management team who guide the direction of meetings and activities.

The management team consists of:

  • Charles Mills - Farmer and Yorkshire Agricultural Show Director
  • Ben Sykes - Potato grower
  • Anna Hopwood - Farmer
  • Sarah Graham - Land agent
  • Andrew Wilson - Potato Farmer
  • James Mills - NFU County Adviser
  • Elizabeth Hudson - Yorkshire Agricultural Society Project Manager
  • Neil Eastham - Vet at Bishopton Veterinary Practice
  • James Hopwood - Head of Agriculture at Wholecrop Marketing Ltd
  • Kate Moore - Pig farmer
  • Rob Daniel - Farmer and Agronomist at Agrii


Future Farmers of Yorkshire at the Great Yorkshire Show
The Future Farmers of Yorkshire group is hosting an informal networking breakfast at the Great Yorkshire Show, from 7.30am.
The breakfast meeting, based at the NFU stand, gives farmers the opportunity to discuss challenges facing the industry as well as looking for positive opportunities in the new political landscape, with many Future Farmers keen to roll up their sleeves and work together, determined to be part of a successful food and farming industry, with headline speaker: Minette Batters, NFU Deputy President. 
The talks are expected to begin at 8.00 and finish by 9am. The event is free and to register, please email before Friday 7 July.
12th July 2017
Visit to Fridlington Farms Ltd
We invite you to join our Future Farmers of Yorkshire visit to Fridlington Farms Ltd by kind permission of Managing Director, Stuart Stark from 6pm - 8pm.
We will start the evening with an indoor presentation, before having a tour of the farm.  As is the custom with Future Farmers visits, the evening will be rounded off at a local pub.
We are limited to 30 places on this visit and they will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
25th May 2017
Presentation Skills Training 
Our trainer will be Tessa Morton, who has worked with high profile clients, including Peter Kendall, whist he was President of the NFU.
The workshop will cover:
Delivering dynamically
Dealing with nerves
Crafting the story
Working with slides
Finding your style
It will also include individual presentations filming and coaching.
23rd May 2017
Future Farmers of Yorkshire Evening Meeting - Are farmers talking the consumers' language?  
6.45pm at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate
Members of the general public are fascinated by farming, but are consumers lacking knowledge to support British farmers and are farmers even talking the consumers’ language? These are among the questions that we will be asked at this event. 
Our panel of speakers include Guy Smith, NFU Vice President. Guy farms a mixed and diversified family farm in north-east Essex. He has served six years as Chair of the NFU Communications Group and is a Trustee of FACE (Farming and Countryside Education).
All are welcome to attend this free event, which will include a hot supper. To register your place, please contact:
7th February 2017
Brexit: What happens next for UK farmers? - 7.45am - 9am Informal breakfast and networking followed by a short presentation.  Chair: Rob Daniel, Future Farmer & Agronomist. Speakers:  Prof Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics, University of Warwick & Meurig Raymond MBE, NFU President. Download further details here. 13th July 2016
An Afternoon with Adam Henson - Future Farmers of Yorkshire are invited to attend an informal presentation and Q&A session with farmer & TV presenter Adam Henson. Held at Bishop Burton College from 3.30pm - 5pm. 11th February 2016
Brexit: Shall We Stay or Shall We Go? - With a referendum over the UK's future in Europe in the wings & polls suggesting a close battle, there are many questions that need to be answered before the implication for UK farms of 'Brexit' can be gauged. Held at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate at 7pm. Download details here. 16th February 2016
NFU Conference, Bursary - There are 15 funded placed, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to attend the NFU Conference at Birmingham's International Convention Centre (ICC). The bursary includes a two day conference ticket, ball tickets & accommodation. 23rd & 24th February 2016
What will your farm look like in 2050? In the face of global challenges, how can we ensure sustainable and resilient intensification of our current farming systems?  Held at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate from 8.30am. Download further details on this FREE event here. 16th March 2016

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To become a member, or simply to find out more, contact Elizabeth Hudson on 07702 598108 or

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