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The Future Farmers of Yorkshire brings together farmers, vets and industry supporters to improve knowledge transfer within a social, but informative, group for forward-thinking farmers.


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). 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 such a group.

Launched in November 2010, The Future Farmers of Yorkshire now has over 750 members and is open to everyone within the industry.  Members are from a range of sectors and enterprise sizes, with a mix of tenants, owner occupiers, managers and employees.

What We Do

The group meets four times a year at a variety of events including a Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show, topical debates, farm and supply chain visits and training sessions. Events are free or heavily subsidised in order to ensure that they are accessible to everyone.

Members state 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

Who Are We?

The group has a management team who help to guide the direction of meetings and activities to ensure that they meet the needs of members.

James Hopwood
- Head of Agriculture at Wholecrop Marketing Ltd

Vice Chair:
Allie Hesketh
- Grower Support Manager, R S Cockerill

Sophie Green
- Charitable Activities Manager, Yorkshire Agricultural Society

Management Team:
Andrew Wilson - Potato Farmer
Anna Hopwood – Arable Farmer & Estate Manager
Rob Daniel - Arable Farmer and Agronomist at Agrii
Neil Eastham - Vet at Bishopton Veterinary Practice
Sarah Graham - Land agent
Rebecca Hesketh – NFU County Advisor, York East
Kate Moore - Pig farmer
Ben Sykes - Potato grower


Oxford Farming Conference 2018

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society proudly sponsors two scholars aged 20 - 30 years from the Yorkshire region to attend the Oxford Farming Conference each year. In 2018 this prestigious event is being held on 3/4/5 January and will be focusing on ‘Embracing Change’.
Alongside debating and discussing the burning issues within the industry, the event provides a superb platform for networking, allowing scholars the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and engage with like-minded individuals.
If you would like to attend then please send a CV and covering letter stating how you would benefit from the scholarship to [email protected]
Applications close at midnight on Friday 29 September 2017.
3/4/5 Jan 2018
Evening Meeting                                                                  
Trade: Investigating Global Opportunities
6.45pm Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.
The onset of Brexit brings uncertainty around the future of trade within the sector.  During our autumn meeting we will explore where the opportunities lie and what support is available to allow farmers to make the most of burgeoning markets.   
All are welcome to attend this free event, which will include a hot supper.
To register your interest for this event, please email Sophie Green at [email protected]
Tuesday 14 November 2017









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To become a member, or simply to find out more, contact Sophie Green: [email protected]

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