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Yorkshire Food, Farming & Rural Network

The Yorkshire Food, Farming & Rural Network is made up of local groups representing different areas of England, to identify and feedback local issues and concerns straight to the heart of Government, in order to make policies more rural-friendly.





The Networks bring together people from rural communities, rural businesses and the food and farming industries. They will make a direct link between rural areas and the Government, creating new opportunities to develop better and more targeted policy.

Each group will be a point of contact providing feedback to Defra on the impact of local emergencies – such as flooding - so that the right kind of assistance can be provided to keep businesses running.

The below link demonstrates how the Yorkshire Food, Farming & Rural Support Network works with the countrywide networks.

Contact Details

The Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Support Network was successful in its bid to join the new national Network.

The Chair, an honours graduate in Botany, Madge began her career as a hybrid wheat breeder for Nickersons in Lincolnshire before she and her husband moved to his family farm in New Zealand. There she helped manage the mixed arable and livestock farm looking after 2,000+ breeding Romney sheep and mohair goats whilst developing various export initiatives, including evening primrose, grass seed and out of season plant multiplications for UK breeding firms.

On their return to the UK, Madge worked firstly for the Agricultural Training Board in Yorkshire and then Lantra. For the last two decades her national role has included working at senior levels with government, regional development agencies, trade, education and professional organisations, charities, as well as with employers in the agriculture and horticulture sectors.

Chair:  Madge Moore
Mob:  07951 153 238

The Network is hosted by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the Project Manager is Holly Jones - Tel: 01423 546251 or

You can also follow us on LinkedIn!

The Executive Committee is made up of the following:

Name Organisation
Sophie Green Yorkshire Agricultural Society
Nigel Pulling Yorkshire Agricultural Society
James Hopwood Future Farmers of Yorkshire and YFYFC
Adam Bedford National Farmers Union
Dorothy Fairburn Country Land and Business Association
Dave Melling Bradford Council
Helen Wright East Riding of Yorkshire Council and East Riding Partnership
Andy Tordoff Defra RDPE Team
Dean Cook Technology Strategy Board
Janet Thornton Community First Yorkshire and ACRE
Leah Swain Community First Yorkshire
Carolyn Frank  Federation of Small Businesses
Graham Finn McCain Foods
Kate Dale Yorkshire Rural Support Network
Graham Coultish East Peak Innovation Partnership, Sheffield Rural Board

The Network is focussing on the following issues:

  • Brexit
  • Business Support for Smaller Businesses
  • Broadband
  • New Entrants

To find out more about these projects or to suggest other opportunities please do get in touch with Madge Moore or Holly Jones.

Terms of Reference

More information about the Yorkshire Food, Farming & Rural Support Network can be found in our Terms of Reference.

If you have any queries, please email Holly Jones or call 01423 546 251 (Thur & Fri)


October 2017

February 2018

Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming Conference

In November 2018, the Network held their conference and the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus in York in which it welcomed 200 regionals farmers and stakeholders to hear showcase Yorkshire’s industry strengths in Agriculture and discuss the future of the new Agricultural Policy for the UK. You can download the speaker presentations here:

Tim Frenneaux, Head of Business, YNYER LEP – Grow Yorkshire
Tom Martin, Arable Farmer, Cambridgeshire – Facetime Farmer
Andrew Swift, CEO, Fera Science Ltd – Driving Innovation in Food and Drink / SIAFS Project
Robert Munroe, iCASP Programme Manager and Prof Pippa Chapman, Water Quality Specialist
Fraser Black, CEO, Centre for Crop Health and Protection – CHAP is Crop Health Protection (to follow in next email)

If you want to watch the YouTube film of iCASP The Movie, please click here.

The event was kindly sponsored by: CLA, NFU, McCain, Yorkshire Agricultural Society, and the York, North Yorkshire and East Rising Local Enterprise Partnership

Download the presentations

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