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Book now – Tye Trophy Farm Walk

An award-winning farm in South Yorkshire is hosting a farm walk in conjunction with the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. The Tye Trophy Farm Walk will be held at Peacock Lodge Farm, Wentworth, Rotherham S62 7UN on Tuesday 7th June 2022. Chris and Nicki Pearson have very kindly organised the walk and as part of this have [...]

Regenerative Farm Walk and Supper

Are you interested in Regenerative Agriculture? Future Farmers of Yorkshire invites you to Approach Farm in Escrick by kind permission of Angus and Kerry Gowthorpe. The specially hosted visit on Thursday 16th June involves a guided farm walk from 6pm followed by supper. This is a great opportunity to see how an industry-leading farm implements [...]

How Future Farmers can support you, like it has supported me – Nick Grayson

Nick Grayson, the new Chair of Future Farmers of Yorkshire, explains what the network means to him in this blog post. Not long out of university, fresh faced and full of ideas, I quickly learnt to stand on my own two feet. I lost my father to stomach cancer and succeeded to the farm tenancy [...]

New members sought to join Farmer Scientist Network

Farming and academic experts are wanted by the Farmer Scientist Network to help drive change in British agriculture amid pressing sustainability and climate change challenges. The Farmer Scientist Network is part of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s family of networks which provide support, advice, and opportunity for those within the agricultural industry to develop personally and [...]

Media skills training – apply now

Future Farmers of Yorkshire are being invited to get interview-ready with Anna Jones this summer.  Agricultural journalist, writer and broadcaster, Anna, who is founder of Just Farmers, is returning to run a second Media Skills Workshop for Future Farmers on Thursday 9th June 2022 at New Hall Farm, Ardsley, S71 5EZ. It is a fantastic [...]

Nick Grayson appointed Chair of Future Farmers

Announcing our Future Farmers of Yorkshire's new Chair, Nick Grayson South Yorkshire tenant farmer Nick Grayson has been chosen to drive forwards the Future Farmers of Yorkshire at a time when setting a positive course in his industry is vital for farming families. Nick, aged 32, runs his own farming business alongside his wife Carys [...]

Sign up now for Leadership training

Future Farmers of Yorkshire are being given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills this summer. As part of the network's ongoing mission to inspire and develop the very best to lead Yorkshire’s agricultural industries to a thriving future, a one-day Leadership Training session will take place at Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire [...]

Pig sector problems remain acute – Duncan Berkshire

In this blog post, Future Farmer of Yorkshire Duncan Berkshire explains the deep crisis that continues to affect pig farming across the country. It cannot have escaped the attentions of many people over the last 10 months that we have a major crisis within the UK pig sector. There have been reports all over many [...]

Rural crime summit with North Yorkshire Crime Commissioner

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has met with North Yorkshire’s Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe and the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) to discuss rural crime. At a meeting held at the farm of YAS Show Director Charles Mills, near York on Wednesday 13th April, the Commissioner heard first-hand farmer accounts of rural [...]

Powerful portrait of rural women at Ryedale Folk Museum

A compelling story of rural women’s integral role as part of modern, forward-thinking countryside enterprises is being shared by the Women in Farming Network at Ryedale Folk Museum. Photography exhibition All in a Day’s Work tells a powerful story of female entrepreneurialism in the countryside through an evocative and atmospheric collection of 27 stunning curated [...]

Rural life on film at the Great Yorkshire Showground

A special screening of archive footage at the Great Yorkshire Showground will reveal a fascinating portrait of Yorkshire farming and rural life in the 20th Century. All are welcome at the Rural Life on Film screening and social get-together at Pavilions of Harrogate on Wednesday 6 April 2022 from 1.30pm to 4pm. Around an hour [...]

Stepping back has helped me forge ahead – Angela Kirkwood

In this blog post, Future Farmer Angela Kirkwood explains why taking the time to step back from day-to-day business is essential. As a farmer, I work alongside my father Peter on our mixed farming business of pigs, arable-land, renewable energy production and a direct retail butchery called East Riding Country Pork Butchers. Agriculture is an [...]

Watch – Full report from our Regenerative Agriculture summit

A gathering of 150 farmers, scientists and academics explored how regenerative agriculture practices can be adopted at a fascinating summit at the Great Yorkshire Showground this month. At a time when productive and profitable farming in the most environmentally sustainable way has perhaps never been more topical, this free afternoon event from the Farmer-Scientist Network [...]

Apply for bursary place at hemp summit in York

Two Future Farmers of Yorkshire are being given the opportunity to attend an event examining the growing demand for non-food crop, Industrial Hemp. Demand for Industrial Hemp, a botanical class of Cannabis grown specifically for industrial or medicinal use, is rising as interest increases in the use of sustainable natural fibres to support the transition [...]

Routes to Resilience at 2022 Oxford Farming Conference – Pete Meadows

In this blog post, Future Farmer Pete Meadows shares his career journey and reflects on his experience attending - virtually - the Oxford Farming Conference in January on behalf of the network. I studied Agriculture at Aberystwyth before starting my career, which has subsequently brought me up to Escrick Park Estate, just south of York. [...]

‘Cart horses to Combines’ Farming Community Lunch at Thirsk Mart

Members of the farming community are welcome to join us for a lunch time event at Thirsk Farmers Auction Mart on Monday 14 March 2022. The Yorkshire Rural Support Network's next Farming Community Lunch, entitled ‘Cart horses to Combines; Sharing Memories of Farming in North Yorkshire’, will feature an interactive talk with freelance curator and [...]

Future Farmers launch search for new leader

In this blog post, outgoing Chair of Future Farmers of Yorkshire, Alastair Trickett, reflects on his time in the hotseat and explains why you should consider applying to be his successor. April 2022 brings the end of my three-year stint as Chairman of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire. It also brings the opportunity for someone [...]

Free regenerative agriculture summit for farmers

Regenerative agriculture practices at the cutting edge of British agriculture’s response to climate change and net zero targets will be explored at a free open event for farmers at the Great Yorkshire Showground next month. Innovative techniques currently being used to nurture soil health are being put at the forefront of the conversation by the [...]

Exploring new income streams – New Talking Heads episodes

Adding value to your business may prove all-important in the years ahead as agriculture moves into a new era. In our all-new Spring season of Talking Heads episodes, the Women In Farming Network brings you more fascinating insights from rural women at the helm of diverse businesses in the Yorkshire countryside. The series, first launched [...]

Free online grain trade training for Future Farmers

Free online training to understand how world and domestic markets influence UK farm gate prices is being offered by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire. Price fluctuations are one of the few constants with grain trading, and farmers can optimise their returns and manage risks by having a good understanding of this market volatility. Members of [...]

Register for CLA’s Agricultural Transition Roadshows

Roadshows to offer clear advice and information on the agricultural transition are to be held by the CLA. Open to everyone, not just CLA members, the roadshows will take place over two days, 9-10 March 2022. Advice will be geared towards those with medium to smaller sized farms at a time of great change in [...]

Why I’m exploring dairy’s net zero trade offs – Nuffield Scholar Miles Middleton

In this blog post, Future Farmer and farm vet Miles Middleton from the Yorkshire Dales explains why he chose to study dairy's net zero mission as part of his newly awarded Nuffield Farming Scholarship, sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.  It was with great pride that I was recently named as a 2022 Nuffield scholar, [...]

New Year’s message from Show Director Charles Mills

Charles Mills, farmer and Show Director of the Great Yorkshire Show, shares a message with the farming community at the start of a new year. Like anyone else at the start of a new year, as a farmer, I take stock and look at what’s important for me and my family, and in my world [...]

All welcome at Plough Sunday Service

All are warmly welcome at Ripon Cathedral on Sunday 9 January 2022 for the Plough Sunday Service to celebrate Yorkshire’s farming community.  This service is a chance for the community to come together to celebrate rural life with farming families and friends, and to celebrate God in creation and the place of the church in the countryside. [...]

Bursary opportunity for agri-leadership learning

Be challenged and inspired to develop your leadership skills in agriculture, and apply for a Future Farmers of Yorkshire bursary place at an exciting, upcoming industry event. Future Farmers of Yorkshire are offering two bursary places, including overnight accommodation, to attend the national AHDB AgriLeader Forum 2022 at East Midlands Conference Centre, Nottingham on 8-9 [...]

Future Farmers launch bursaries for NFU Conference 2022

Two bursary places to attend the 2022 NFU Conference are now open for applications, courtesy of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the National Farmers Union. The major industry summit takes place on 22-23 February 2022 at the ICC in Birmingham. Entitled 'British farming: a blueprint for the future', the conference will see a packed [...]

Avian Flu guidance and support for poultry keepers

Cases of Avian Flu have increased both regionally and nationally causing huge disruption for poultry keepers and their flocks. As well as concerns for keeping poultry safe, we recognise that the situation will be distressing for farming families who are having to meet heightened biosecurity rules and are facing day-to-day uncertainty about their flock's health. [...]

New funding for farmers in Protected Landscapes

Farmers and landowners based in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and National Parks can take advantage of new funding opportunities.  Under the new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme, farmers and land managers can get funding to support and improve AONBs, National Parks and the Broads, the country's wildlife national park. The programme is a [...]

Watch – Succession messages from Future Farmers’ Autumn Debate

All generations of farming families share the responsibility to broach constructive conversations about the future of the family business and it is never too early to do so, an audience at the Great Yorkshire Showground heard. At the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s Autumn Debate, the often-sensitive topic of farming succession was put under the spotlight [...]

Book now – Women in Farming Winter Warmer – 9th December 2021

Join our Women in Farming Network for a Winter Warmer evening this week. By kind permission of the Mills family, this seasonal social will be held at Woolas Barn, Appleton Roebuck, York, YO23 7HT on Thursday 9th December 2021. Starting at 7pm, the event will include a walking tour and talk about this wonderful rural [...]

Watch – Findings from Crop Health North

The success of Crop Health North, a ground-breaking research project to trial the use of biological alternatives to chemical pesticides, is shared in this free webinar. Biologicals for disease & pest control in cereals: a farmer led case study was originally streamed live in July 2021. The footage explains the outcomes of The Farmer Scientist [...]

Meet our Oxford 2022 conference delegates

Three Future Farmers have been awarded prized bursary places at the big farming dates in Oxford in January 2022. Ellie Exelby, Joe Weston and Pete Meadows will be tuning in virtually to hear and take part in wide-ranging, topical debate about farming and its future. Ellie will be our chosen sponsored delegate at the Oxford [...]

Dairy farmers awarded prestigious bursaries to further their careers

Two members of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire have been awarded bursaries to help further their dairy careers. After careful consideration of all applications, Future Farmers have selected dairy farmers Georgina Fort and Sam Else to take up a bursary offer to take part in and benefit from the Entrepreneurs in Dairying training programme. For [...]

Timely focus on succession at our Autumn Debate – Book your free place now

In our latest blog post, Management Board member Davina Fillingham explains how farming succession will come into sharp focus at our 2021 Autumn Debate. Farming has very much been my passion from an early age. I was brought up on a small farm near Driffield and this led me to a career as a Chartered [...]

Future Farm Resilience support for Yorkshire farmers

Farming families can now access free business support and advice from a number of established organisations following grants awarded from Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund. The Fund makes free expert support and advice available to farmers and land managers in England during the early years of the Government’s Agricultural Transition Period to: understand the changes [...]

Watch – Messages from our Women in Farming Autumn Gathering

Women play hugely significant entrepreneurial roles on farms and in rural business, and their influence will be crucial to countryside industries meet future challenges, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Women in Farming Network heard as members across the county met at the Great Yorkshire Showground. For the first time in two years, around 110 women – [...]

Farming Community Lunch at Thirsk Mart

We are bringing together farming families once again this autumn with the return of our Farming Community Lunches. Held by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, the next date for the diary is Monday 1st November 2021 when there will be a Farming Community Lunch at Thirsk Auction Mart. All are welcome. A hot two-course lunch [...]

Apply now – Future Farmers bursaries for major Oxford dates

Enquiring younger farmers who are keen to get ahead as their industry enters a new era, are invited to apply for some fantastic bursary opportunities from the Future Farmers of Yorkshire. As an enterprising network of younger farmers, vets and industry professionals supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, Future Farmers sponsors a select number of [...]

Retail, marketing and livestock – New Talking Heads episodes

A trio of fascinating business perspectives will be shared as all-new Talking Heads episodes from the Women In Farming Network go live. The series, first launched last Autumn, returns in September, November and December to bring viewers fresh insights from a varied collection of rural voices. It's a chance to share in some inspiring stories [...]

Soil, fungicides and agronomy – Beatrice Guthrie’s Groundswell report

Enthused by her recent trip to Groundswell 2021, Beatrice Guthrie explains why she was grateful to receive a Future Farmers of Yorkshire bursary to attend. I arrived at Groundswell at 9 o’clock on the Wednesday morning. It was a gorgeous sunny day and the grounds were buzzing with people. With a rumbling stomach, my first [...]

‘Help on my regenerative journey’ – James Johnson’s notes from Groundswell

In this report, Future Farmers of Yorkshire bursary recipient James Johnson shares his findings from his recent visit to Groundswell 2021. Since I came back from Harper Adams University, my father and I have been farming in a way that is probably seen as intensive agriculture, following the typical route of heavy cultivations, artificial fertilisers [...]

Join our Future Farmers leadership team at critical time – Alastair Trickett

In this blog post, Alastair Trickett, Chair of Future Farmers, explains why now is the perfect time to join the network's leadership team. We’re proud of what we do at Future Farmers. Yorkshire has one of the most diverse agri-food and drink sectors in the country, generating roughly £2.5bn in revenue and employing 23,000 people. [...]

Book now – Women in Farming Autumn Gathering – 12th October 2021

Book now - the Women in Farming Network will hold a day of information, challenge and celebration on Tuesday 12th October 2021 at Pavilions of Harrogate. The award-winning events venue at the Great Yorkshire Showground is the setting for the Network's annual Autumn Gathering which will be held between 10am and 2.30pm, sponsored by Barclays [...]

Listen – Agricultural policy explainer and Q&A with Defra’s Thomas Smith

Emerging agricultural policies are unpicked and discussed with Defra social researcher Thomas Smith in an exclusive two-part audio series. Hosted by the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network, Defra's link network with Yorkshire and a group supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, you can listen to discussion below. In the first clip, Thomas explains what [...]

‘Be pragmatic, sing from the rooftops and embrace change’ – Messages from our Breakfast Meeting

'Brand Britain on agriculture's global stage' was the theme for our recent Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting. The annual event was held at the Great Yorkshire Show last month and featured an exciting high-profile panel who all offered up their own perspectives on what Brand Britain means and how it can be embraced in [...]

Leadership training for Future Farmers – book now

At the Future Farmers of Yorkshire, our mission is to inspire and develop the very best young professionals in our region to lead Yorkshire’s agricultural industries to a thriving future. To achieve this we are continually reviewing the opportunities we can offer our members in order to nurture their professional and personal development. After all, [...]

Book now – Comprehensive financial planning for farm businesses

There has never been a more critical time for farmers to get to grips with their farm finances. That's why the Future Farmers of Yorkshire have teamed up with Savills to provide our members with a comprehensive Financial Planning programme. Participants will cover all aspects from account analysis, to business planning and sourcing funding. Learning [...]

‘Dairy course bursary has helped me take big career step’ – Luke Upton

In this blog post, Future Farmer Luke Upton explains how his career is benefitting from a bursary place on the RABDF's Entrepreneurship in Dairying Programme. I have been farming my whole life. My parents are county council tenants and during my early career I worked on a few intensive farms. My passion however has always [...]

Free farm business training to help with transition

Free farm business training is being offered to farmers based in Yorkshire. The 'Preparing for Change' webinars are designed to help farming families to prepare for the biggest change in the agricultural industry for 60 years. Taking place over three dates this year, the online series is a response to major changes in British farming [...]

New members strengthen rural voice to Government

A welcome cohort of new members will strengthen the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network's voice to Westminster. The network, which acts as Yorkshire’s link network with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has appointed four new members following an application period for prospective candidates. The newly appointed members bring vast experience [...]

Photography exhibition puts spotlight on role of rural women

A powerful portrait of the role women play in modern rural businesses is being be showcased in a well-received photography exhibition from the Women In Farming Network. Initially launched at the 162nd Great Yorkshire Show, the YAS-supported network has teamed up with Ampleforth-based documentary photographer Lucy Saggers to tell a compelling visual story of the [...]

Engage with Defra about future policies at the Great Yorkshire Show

Farmers and other farming professionals visiting the Great Yorkshire Show are invited to help Defra design the future of agricultural policy. From 2pm on Wednesday afternoon (14th July 2021), Defra (the Department for Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs) will be staging drop-in sessions and co-design workshops in the Picnic Area marquee on Avenue L. Come [...]

High time to champion Brand Britain – Nick Grayson

In this blog post, the Vice Chair of Future Farmers Nick Grayson explores 'Brand Britain' which will be the hot topic of discussion at the group's Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show. Wow! It feels great to be able to write about attending the 2021 Great Yorkshire Show. Such an iconic tradition in the [...]

Register now – Future Farmers Breakfast Meeting

Register today for a free place at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting at the Great Yorkshire Show. Held on Wednesday 14th July 2021 from 7.30am to 9am at the marquee in the Picnic Area on Avenue L, near White Gate, the theme of the annual show date will be 'Brand Britain on agriculture's [...]

Register now – Farmer Time at the Great Yorkshire Show

At the Great Yorkshire Show, find out more about Farmer Time and how you can get involved with this fantastic educational initiative. Farmer Time, by kind permission of Future Farmers of Yorkshire, is holding a drinks reception at the Show to celebrate and thank the farmers who participate in the initiative that connects school classes [...]

Impact of hare coursing revealed by farming families

Troubling new insights into the prevalence and impacts of hare coursing in the countryside have been provided by farming families in response to a survey carried out by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society. More than 300 people took part in the survey and the findings demonstrate how important it is that this horrific crime, which involves [...]

Book now – Nuffield Farming Scholarships Reception

Younger farmers and industry professionals are invited to a Nuffield Farming Scholarships Reception at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show. Taking place on Wednesday 14th July 2021 at 4pm on the CLA stand (Avenue O, stand number 192), the reception is organised by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST), and [...]

Nuffield Scholarship experience was life changing – Sarah Pick

In this blog post, Future Farmer Sarah Pick explains her Nuffield Farming Scholarship journey to inspire others to follow in her footsteps. In 2019 I was lucky enough to undertake a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, and what a life-changing experience it was. I grew up on a small suckler beef farm near Tadcaster, North Yorkshire and [...]

Watch now – Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep

Upland farmers and livestock disease experts have shared the findings of a collaborative three-year project to tackle liver fluke disease. Now available to watch below, 'Managing liver fluke in Hill Sheep – a farmer led approach' was first held as an online event on Wednesday 26th May. This focused webinar reports on how a joint [...]

Take our Virtual Healthcheck for farming families

Farmers and their families are being reminded about the small changes to everyday habits that they can make to best deal with the rigors of everyday life. Important health and wellbeing messages are usually shared by the YAS’s Yorkshire Rural Support Network during free health checks delivered by fully trained health professionals at auctions marts [...]

How regenerative agriculture is shaping my farm – Angus Gowthorpe

In this blog post, Future Farmer Angus Gowthorpe explains how regenerative agriculture is shaping his farming methods this spring. As I type it is raining steadily, our first rain since early March. To say that our arable crops and grassland are desperate for a drink would be putting it mildly. The combination of dry soil, [...]

Watch our Talking Heads episodes here

Unique perspectives from across Yorkshire are being shared in a video series created by the Women In Farming Network. Talking Heads brings fascinating insights from a collection of rural voices together in a rolling series of episodes. Intended to inspire viewers about their own professional and personal journeys with useful advice shared along the way, [...]

Make a difference with Farmer Time – Charlotte Middlebrook

In this blog post, Future Farmer Charlotte Middlebrook explains why farmers should consider taking part in Farmer Time. Coming from an agricultural background and having a full-time career as a teacher has made me extremely passionate about, and very much aware of, how vital it is to educate young people about where their food comes [...]

Watch – Yorkshire farmers’ Q&A with Defra’s Janet Hughes

A group of farmers brought together by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society have met virtually with Defra's Janet Hughes to discuss the direction of new agricultural policies.  Members of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and Women In Farming Network took part in the online video call to gain fresh insights as they pitched their burning questions [...]

Farm sustainability must be both environmental and financial – Joe Weston

In this blog post, Future Farmer Joe Weston covers some key talking points from the National Farmers Union's (NFU) recent virtual conference. It is remarkable how little sheep notice when they have some freshly rolled barley in front of them and their heads are in the trough. Even my young and extremely keen sheepdog will [...]

YAS launches hare coursing survey

As the barbaric act of hare coursing continues to plague rural communities, on behalf of farming families the Yorkshire Agricultural Society says, “enough is enough”. Ineffective laws to prosecute offenders, an inconsistent response to police calls and significant underreporting of the crime means too little is being done to stop the countryside from being targeted [...]

Win free places at NFU Live 2021

Future Farmers have until the end of this week to vie for a free place at this year's NFU Conference. The National Farmers Union's annual conference is taking place virtually this year amid the ongoing coronavirus disruption - read the full conference programme here. NFU Live 2021 comes at a hugely important time for British [...]

What I learned from ORFC 2021 – Daniel Binns

In this blog post, Future Farmer and Barnsley butcher Daniel Binns reports on his experience attending this year's virtual Oxford Real Farming Conference, courtesy of a bursary from Future Farmers of Yorkshire. Firstly, I would like to thank Future Farmers and the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for giving me the opportunity to attend the ORFC 2021, [...]

New Year’s Message from our President – Sir William Worsley

In this blog post, Sir William Worsley, President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, offers his thoughts at the start of a new farming year. We live in strange times. Yet again we have been locked down and as I write this the snow is falling creating a beautiful white landscape outside my window. This pandemic [...]

Lessons from ORFC are part of my journey – Amelia Preston

In this blog post, Amelia Preston, recipient of a Future Farmers bursary to attend the 2021 Oxford Real Farming Conference, explains her learning journey and reports back from the ORFC as it went online to a global audience. Leaving my Yorkshire comfort zone to study a degree in Agriculture has been my best decision yet. [...]

Take part in the Big Farming Survey

A major survey has been launched by farming charity, the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), to better understand the physical and mental toll of farming today. RABI's Big Farming Survey aims to be the largest ever piece of research of its kind across England and Wales, and looks at the interactions between physical health, mental [...]

Letting you know you’re not alone – David Moyles

A new series of short videos produced by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network is being shared on social media this week to remind farmers and their families of how they can look after their biggest asset - their health. In this blog post, David Moyles of Samaritans addresses the importance of looking after our mental [...]

A seasonal message from our Honorary Chaplain

As Christmas approaches and we draw closer to the end of a strange year, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's Honorary Chaplain, Canon Leslie Morley, offers his own poignant reflections and a seasonal message of solidarity and hope. There is one element of the Christmas celebrations that I will really miss this year – joining a carol [...]

Future Farmers appoint new Vice Chair

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire are proud to announce that their new Vice Chair is tenant farmer Nick Grayson. As he assumes the role, here, Nick introduces himself and offers his thoughts. I run our tenanted farm near Rotherham with my wife Carys and two young sons. We farm 200 acres of arable land, a [...]

Attend farming’s premier conferences as Future Farmers – apply now

Every year the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, sponsors a select number of Future Farmers to attend the Oxford Farming Conference and its rival the Oxford Real Farming Conference, which is fast gaining in popularity. Rather than heading to the hallowed examination halls of Oxford in 2021 however, you’ll [...]

Covid lessons in farm disease control – Anna Cornforth

In this blog post, Future Farmer and New Zealand-based vet Anna Cornforth shares her thoughts on what New Zealand's response to the Covid-19 pandemic can teach farmers about disease control.  A great deal has changed in the world since my last blog post in January. With the Australian bush fires, Black Lives Matter riots and Covid-19, [...]

‘Anyone can be an entrepreneur’ – messages from our Autumn Debate

Anyone can be an entrepreneur regardless of their starting point, according to a panel of successful business figures brought together by the Future Farmers of Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Agricultural Society-backed farming network took its annual Autumn Debate online for the first time and delivered valuable messages of inspiration and frank advice to an audience of [...]

Adopt an entrepreneurial mindset to face farming’s challenges – Charlotte Middlebrook

In this blog post, Charlotte Middlebrook, a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire Management Board, explains why the group’s Autumn Debate is all about adopting an entrepreneurial mindset. Like many industries, agriculture is facing a challenging period of change. Many forces beyond our control are impacting businesses, such as Covid-19 and the phasing out […]

New bespoke event series will make you ‘future ready’

Future farming leaders must engage with an agenda of challenging agricultural change as they look for creative solutions to drive sustainable businesses, according to the sponsors of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s upcoming Autumn Debate. On Wednesday 11th November at 7.30pm, Future Farmers will live stream a debate offering ‘Top tips for Keeping an Entrepreneurial [...]

Look for rural opportunities amid momentous time – Susan Briggs

In this blog post, Susan Briggs, Director of The Tourism Network, pictured, relays her message from our Women In Farming Network's recent Autumn Gathering.   The last year has certainly been momentous, horrible in many, many ways but I’m determined to find some silver linings and some positives to counteract the terrible losses. I work [...]

Why Farmer Time is a ‘no-brainer’ to connect next generation with agriculture

In this blog post, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member and East Yorkshire pig farmer Kate Moore – pictured – explains how easy, powerful and rewarding it is to connect with schoolchildren as part of the Farmer Time initiative. Having seen how well it works first-hand, Kate thinks other farmers should consider getting involved too.   […]

Step out to support FCN’s Big 25

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is inviting supporters to step out on a fundraising quest to celebrate the farming help charity’s 25th year. This weekend – on October 10th-11th – FCN’s milestone anniversary will be marked by FCN’s Big 25. FCN is asking supporters, friends and family to get involved by pulling on their walking […]

Dairy farmers awarded RABDF bursaries

Two up and coming young farmers have been awarded RABDF bursaries from the Future Farmers of Yorkshire to help them develop their dairy careers. As part of the Network’s ongoing efforts to nurture the personal and professional development of its members, this summer Future Farmers invited individuals to apply for bursaries as an incentive to […]

Leadership training for Future Farmers – book now

At the Future Farmers of Yorkshire, our mission is to inspire and develop the very best young professionals in our region to lead Yorkshire’s agricultural industries to a thriving future. To achieve this we are continually reviewing the opportunities we can offer our members in order to nurture their professional and personal development. After all, […]

New digital service predicts crop pest and disease risks

A new digital service designed to help growers and agronomists predict the likelihood of crop pest and disease outbreaks on their farms has been launched by agri-tech centre CHAP. Crop Monitor Pro is a “significant advancement” on the Defra-funded regional risk evaluation service Crop Monitor, which was first launched in 2003 by Fera Science Limited […]

Register free for Women In Farming’s Autumn Gathering

In this blog post, Kate Dale, Co-ordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network (pictured below), introduces our plans for a virtual Autumn Gathering of the Society’s Women In Farming network. Whichever way you look at it, 2020 has been a momentous year. It would be all too easy to list the negative reasons why this […]

Exciting opportunity to join Future Farmers management team

In this blog post, Future Farmers of Yorkshire chairman Alastair Trickett writes about an exciting new vacancy on the group’s management board. I always enjoy these opportunities to write down my thoughts. It gives me a chance to step off the relentless treadmill and consider what’s going on outside our farm gates. It also is […]

Bursary is a great chance to boost your dairy career – Dermot Meehan

In this blog post, Dermot Meehan, a dairy farmer and a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire, explains how he benefited from an RABDF training course. Future Farmers of Yorkshire is making the course even more accessible this year. Originally from a suckler and sheep farm in Ireland, I moved to the UK permanently […]

Farm To Fork campaign champions role of farmers to feed the nation

A campaign spearheaded by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating the crucial role that farmers and farm retailers are playing amid the worst public health crisis for a generation. Farm To Fork is a social media-led initiative which champions the region’s important agricultural sector during the coronavirus pandemic. The campaign highlights the innovative ways in […]

‘We need to work harder to change behaviours’ – Farm Safety Week

This week is Farm Safety Week. An annual initiative led by the Farm Safety Foundation, it seeks to reduce the number of accidents in farming. Some 20 farm workers and one member of public – a four-year-old child – were killed on farms over the past year, according to a newly published report by the […]

Life in potatoes during times of Covid – Joe Weston

In this blog post, Joe Weston, a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire, reflects on this year’s potato crop and soaring demand during the coronavirus pandemic.  In the grand scheme of things, I have not been in agriculture a long time. I’m not from a farming background and it was never something that was […]

Great Yorkshire Virtual Show Special: Q&A with the NFU

Today as part of the Great Yorkshire Virtual Show, the president of the National Farmers Union (NFU), Minette Batters, has delivered a special address to the Future Farmers of Yorkshire, as well as answering a selection of questions submitted by Future Farmers. We received so many great questions to pose to Mrs Batters – too […]

‘Covid-19 has brought some positive changes to our way of working as farm vets’ – Leanne Forde

In this latest blog post, Leanne Forde, farm vet and Future Farmer, provides a fascinating insight of how veterinarians are adapting to the challenges thrown up by Covid-19. I have now been qualified as a vet for eight years; for six of those I have been a purely farm animal vet for Bishopton Veterinary Group. […]

A message from our chairman

This is an update for members of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire from the group’s chairman, Alastair Trickett, pictured. Hello, I will skip the platitudes about “uncertain times” and “the new normal” as I’m sure you already have enough of them in your inbox. Instead I’ll explain what’s been happening at Future Farmers and what […]

Pressing home the value of British food is timely challenge – Charlotte Middlebrook

In this latest blog post, primary school teacher and Future Farmer, Charlotte Middlebrook, explains why life lessons in appreciating the great outdoors should start at an early age. Growing up on two mixed family farms near Selby, south of York, with experiences in dairy, beef, poultry, arable and even mushroom compost production and a farm […]

Yorkshire’s united call for farming safeguards as Agriculture Bill progresses

As the Agriculture Bill resumes its passage through Parliament today (Wednesday 13 May), the Yorkshire Agricultural Society has co-signed a joint statement to MPs, urging them to speak up for food and farming.  From across Yorkshire and the North East, three farming organisations, three wildlife trusts, two nature partnerships, two water companies and the RSPB […]

Communities can stop most vulnerable ‘falling through the gaps’

Kate Dale, co-ordinator of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network (pictured below), reflects on how rural communities are reacting to the coronavirus situation and how we can all play our parts in supporting one another at a testing time. There is a strength to our farming and rural communities which has always been there when the […]

What I learnt from NFU Conference – Jessica Mackintosh

In this blog post, Future Farmer Jessica Mackintosh – pictured below – reflects on the value of her visit to the National Farmers Union’s annual conference. Having only recently joined Future Farmers of Yorkshire I was somewhat reluctant to apply for a sponsored place at this year’s NFU Conference. However, after a few wise words […]

Latest COVID-19 support for rural businesses in Yorkshire

As COVID-19 impacts upon food, farming and rural employers, the Yorkshire Food, Farming & Rural Network is highlighting useful sources of support and advice available to businesses in Yorkshire. The region’s Business Growth Hubs have listed the various targeted packages of government support that have been announced so far to support businesses and people through […]

Yorkshire farmers can apply for share of extra £6m flood recovery funds

Farmers affected by recent flooding in parts of East and North Yorkshire can apply for a share of a new £6m extension of the Farming Recovery Fund. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the measure today as it responds further to last month’s severe flooding. As well as parts of […]

Full focus on soil health on Angus Gowthorpe’s farm – #Farm4Zero blog

As part of our #Farm4Zero campaign Future Farmer Angus Gowthorpe, pictured above, explains how the approach he is taking on his farm is improving soil health year after year. I farm 400 acres on a diverse range of soil types between York and Selby; 300 acres is arable and 100 acres is a mix of […]

An agronomist’s view on climate change – #Farm4Zero blog

As part of our #Farm4Zero campaign Future Farmer Angus Rob Daniel, pictured above, gives his perspective as an agronomist on climate change. Carbon emissions and climate change, words and phrases that we just don’t seem to be able to currently get away from. Whether it’s Greta Thunberg embroiled in a war of words with politicians […]

#Farm4Zero campaign to empower rural Yorkshire in climate change challenge

A new #Farm4Zero campaign aims to energise farmers and rural businesses about how they can respond to the climate change challenge as British agriculture seeks to reduce its carbon footprint. Although agriculture accounts for just 9% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions, compared to proportionally higher impact sectors such as transport (23%) and industry (21%), […]

Why joining Yorkshire’s Defra network is a golden opportunity – Madge Moore

In this blog post, Madge Moore, chair of the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network, explains why rural-minded champions should consider applying to join the network. At this delicate juncture for British agriculture and the countryside, it is crucial that the Government hears the voice of our food and farming industry and our rural communities […]

Inspired by forward-thinking Oxford debates – Nick Grayson

In this blog post, Nick Grayson, a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire who is pictured below, details his experience at the recent Oxford Farming Conference. Each January, the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group sponsors a select number of members to attend the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). But the rival Oxford Real Farming Conference […]

Volunteers sought to test new liver fluke detection device

Farming Online is working with Liverpool University to develop a better liver fluke forecasting service to provide more accurate data. Once complete, the liver fluke model is a service where a user can feed in their location and feed out a liver-fluke forecast for their farm. The aim is to help to decrease the chances […]

Yorkshire’s rural businesses have vast untapped tourism potential

Income from tourism in the Yorkshire countryside can be boosted if rural businesses capitalise on a growing desire for authentic experiences. That was the message from Yorkshire Dales marketeer Susan Briggs at the latest meeting of the Yorkshire Rural Support Network, held at Pavilions of Harrogate on the Great Yorkshire Showground. Addressing the theme of […]

New members sought for Yorkshire’s Defra network

Are you well-versed in the challenges facing rural communities? Do you want to be part of a committed network of like-minded individuals who have the platform to inform change? If the answer to both of these questions is ‘yes’, then why not become a member of the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network? This determined […]

New paper encourages ‘rural proofing’ of industrial strategies

In this blog post, Janet Thornton, vice chair of the Yorkshire Food, Farming and Rural Network explains the efforts being made to ensure new local industrial strategies are ‘rural proofed’. She explains… “Local Enterprise Partnerships have been tasked with producing their own Local Industrial Strategies (LIS) to complement the national Industrial Strategy. “The local industrial […]

Vale of York farmers needed for European project

Farmers in the Vale of York are needed for a European project which aims to demonstrate how complex on-farm decisions can be when applying to agri-environment schemes. Academics at the University of Leeds are seeking farmers from all sectors to take part in on-farm interviews to inform the BESTMAP project. The project aims to develop […]

Take greater control of your farm business – new workshops

It is as important as ever to take control of our own farming livelihoods. Evolving political forces and consumer choices mean our industry is expected to undergo huge change in the years ahead. With this in mind, now is the time to ensure your business is maximising its economic potential. To help you to do […]

Farming lessons from New Zealand trip for vet Anna

By Anna Cornforth, a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire board who is currently working as a vet in New Zealand. It’s become commonplace nowadays that, while you are young, you disappear off travelling for a stretch of time. For me, the draw of meeting new people and exploring new scenery has meant that […]

Lord Lieutenant to give positive farming message at Plough Service

Yorkshire’s farming community will be celebrated at Ripon Cathedral with the support of the Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire. Johanna Ropner will give an address at the Cathedral’s traditional Plough Sunday Service on Sunday (12th January), where the message to the assembled congregation will be one of positivity, support and pride. The service is supported […]

Negotiation skills training puts farmers on front foot

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire group recently arranged negotiation skills training in East Yorkshire, with support from our friends at Bishop Burton College. Our Future Farmers enjoyed a day of practicing the core skills of negotiation, using the tools to be in a stronger position the next time they enter into a negotiation. Kate Moore, […]

Oxford Farming Conferences – versus match

Every year the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, sponsors a select number of Future Farmers to attend the Oxford Farming Conference, in January. But the rival Oxford Real Farming Conference is fast gaining in popularity. Indeed, for the last couple of years, Michael Gove has spoken at one and […]

Nuffield Scholarships can be life-changing – apply now

The past couple of months have seen extreme rain, with many areas of autumn drilling looking almost impossible and growers struggling to harvest potato and maize crops. Along with the barrage of negativity being thrown at the farming industry, there is a temptation to withdraw and batten down the hatches. In reality, there couldn’t be […]

Apply now for sponsored places at NFU Conference

Members of Future Farmers of Yorkshire can apply now for sponsored places at next year’s NFU Conference at the ICC in Birmingham. These places have been kindly provided by the NFU. Places are at a premium for what promises to be another intriguing annual conference held by the National Farmers’ Union on the 25th and […]

Yorkshire soil samples sought to help ‘ruralise’ cities

Leading academics are seeking soil samples from Yorkshire farms to help inform a project to ‘ruralise’ urban areas. In collaboration with the Universities of Liverpool and Lancaster, Cranfield University is undertaking a two-year ‘Rurban Revolution’ project which looks at the potential of urban greening and food growing. One of the aims of researchers is to […]

Valuable interventions by nurses at latest free health checks

A timely reminder about the support available to farmers has been offered by the Yorkshire Rural Support Network at the latest free farmer health checks in Thirsk. As the darker winter days draw in, the free checks with nursing professionals were offered to members of farming families at Thirsk Auction Centre’s Christmas Fatstock Sale on […]

Reach out to beat stress – Dr Caroline Knott tells #Fit2Farm

A whole cocktail of factors makes farmers vulnerable to stress, but troubled minds can be overcome with the right support, consultant psychologist Dr Caroline Knott told an audience of farming and industry supporters at the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s #Fit2Farm event. Family members can offer crucial support to help an individual relieve mounting pressures, but […]

Running has made me a better farmer – Will Evans

By focusing on just putting one foot in front of the other and solely being alive to the act of running, Will Evans has found a way to help him channel the stresses of farming life. The Welsh beef farmer and host of the Rock and Roll Farming podcast told the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s […]

New online access to leading agri-food universities

A new online portal to open up access to the expertise and facilities of the eight Northern universities that contribute to the N8 AgriFood programme will be launched in Sheffield. The N8 AgriFood programme combines the expertise of 8 of the most research intensive universities in the North – Leeds, Sheffield, York, Durham, Lancaster, Liverpool, […]

We will only improve farm safety by looking out for each other

A powerful evening of brave, honest and inspiring accounts told of how physical and mental health has to be continually worked upon to nurture farmers’ wellbeing – and the industry’s safety record. The Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s #Fit2Farm campaign culminated on Wednesday 20th November with a focus on mental health and a free event at […]

Events like #Fit2Farm are exactly how we instigate change – Stuart Roberts

“We have forgotten there is a question mark at the end of how are you,” the vice president of the National Farmers’ Union told the Future Farmers of Yorkshire’s #Fit2Farm event. Stuart Roberts told an audience of more than 100 farming and industry professionals at Wednesday’s gathering at Pavilions of Harrogate that the farming community […]

New free alerts service launched for winter wheat & oilseed rape

The new free alerts service from CropMonitor, which will be received by all registered users of the regional pest and disease forecasting system, has now been launched. This report is available for winter wheat and winter oilseed rape, as an automatically generated weekly summary of the latest predictions for disease and pest risks, crop development […]

A one stop resource to help you & your farm business stay strong

Planning for the future can be a daunting process, especially in farming where we are experiencing so much change. The internet has opened up a wealth of information, but for those who are not ‘computer savvy’ or who work alone, it can be difficult trying to ‘sort the wood from the trees’. Information overload can […]

How reaching out to the public can help your mental health

There’s no single cause to the mental ill-health or poor well being that some, working in the farming community, face. The unique demands of the work and the lifestyle are often contributing factors and a feeling of Isolation is not necessarily limited to those living in the most remote areas. Media and public misconceptions about […]


Every six seconds, the Samaritans respond to a call for help. No judgement. No pressure. They are there to help anyone who needs someone… and isn’t that all of us, at some point?

Helping farming people of all ages with compassion & discretion

Everybody needs help at some point in their lives, don’t be too proud to ask” says Sally Conner, North East Regional Manager for RABI.  

Book now for our #Fit2Farm event

“Ensuring that we are fit to farm is an absolute necessity. We not only owe it ourselves, but to future generations in setting the best possible examples for them to follow.” So said Future Farmers of Yorkshire board member Neil Eastham – pictured – in a series of news reports this week that previewed our […]

Emergency payments for families hit by flooding now available

A farm support charity is fast-tracking payments to ease the financial strain facing farmers affected by the floods across the North of England. For the second time in a month, farming charity R.A.B.I is releasing money from its Crisis Fund to provide emergency grants to farming families via its Helpline 0808 281 9490. The decision […]

Apprenticeship Levy

Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership calls on apprenticeship levy-paying businesses to use their powers to support firms in the region with levy transfer. Levy funds not used within 24 months are reclaimed by government to spend outside the region The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is calling on apprenticeship-levy paying businesses across the City […]

Rural Businesses to Benefit from £35m Government Fund

Grants of up to £750,000 available to rural firms to boost productivity and create local jobs Rural businesses across the country are set to benefit from a guaranteed £35 million in government funding to create new jobs, boost tourism, and unlock growth in rural areas. This figure could be increased to £50 million if there […]

Government Launches New Scheme to Boost Tree Planting

£50 million Woodland Carbon Guarantee scheme will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and help to tackle climate change. The government has launched a £50 million scheme to help boost tree-planting rates in the fight against climate change. The new Woodland Carbon Guarantee will encourage farmers and landowners to plant more trees and […]

Making Farm Safety Part of the Routine

Good organisation is key to any farming business and good health and safety goes hand in hand with farm efficiency. Small changes are often not expensive and can make a big difference. I have found it very useful to make a note of potential issues on my phone. When I have gathered together a significant […]

Farm Safety Priorities – including time for a cuppa!

Harry Runciman studied Agricultural Mechanisation at Harper Adams and is now a Feedstock Manager for Future Biogas. In his vlog Harry talks about the steps he takes, to ensure that his staff remain safe. And you’ll be pleased to know that having a cup of tea is a critical part of any plan! Follow Future […]

Dangers of Farming

James Chapman highlights the dangers of farming with his own poignant story Probably the best known Farm Safety Ambassador is Warwickshire farmer James Chapman, former National Chairman of NFYFC and Nuffield Scholar. Jim was only 23 years old when, on a cold January morning in 2005, he received a call from a friend whose farm […]

The changing role of the on-farm vet

When a vet arrives on farm they are not only arriving at a business, but also a home. Many farms have been with the same practice for many years and so vets and farmers have often grown their respective businesses together. Bishopton Vet Leanne Forde talks about this privileged position of trust and how she […]

Wellbeing in agriculture

As rain keeps on falling, the challenges of Autumn 2019 keep testing us further and it is all too easy for frustration and negative thoughts to creep into minds of farmers and people working within the wider industry. My role as an Agrii Agronomist within the Vale of York does always vary somewhat, however this […]

Farming is changing

The latest leaflet published by DEFRA sets out intended changes which will shape English agricultural policy to enable Farmers and land managers to provide high-quality food while enhancing and protecting the countryside. Download the leaflet here  Visit the DEFRA website to find out more information  

Free Health Checks for Farmers in Yorkshire

Yorkshire Rural Support Network has been organising free health checks (in collaboration with funders) for farming family members, throughout Yorkshire, for the last ten years. We know that farmers are the last to seek help from a doctor, so qualified nursing professionals carry out a basic MOT, including blood pressure, blood sugars and cholesterol, at […]

Conference – Better Use of Nitrates

FREE Conference Askham Bryan College 18th November 2019 9am – 3pm Do you use nitrogen on your crops? If so, then this conference may benefit you by providing the information you need in order to increase crop yield as well as minimizing your costs. Guest speakers include: Dr Kevin Hicks (University of York) Research Associate […]

FREE Farmer Health Checks 2019/2020

An invitation to all in the farming community! Come and see us for a checkup and a chat between 11am – 1.30pm at the following events: Thursday 28th November 2019 – Thirsk Christmas Fatstock Show & Sale at Thirsk Mart Wednesday 15th January 2020 – Ripon Farm Services Open Days at the Great Yorkshire Showground, […]

Women in Farming Conference 2019

The Yorkshire Rural Support Network, supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society welcomed over 130 delegates to their Annual Conference at Pavilions of Harrogate, Great Yorkshire Showground on Tuesday 15th October 2019. An exciting day of information, challenge and celebration was promised and speakers including Sophie Throup, Head of Senior Corporate Affairs (Agriculture) at Morrisons; Becky […]

Being Fit to Farm

People often ask me why I go to the gym when I have such an active job, and the answer is simple. I love it. They ask me how I find time, and the answer is I make time, because it’s important not only to my physical health, but also my mental health. Farming can […]

Building Physical & Mental Fitness to Farm

James Daniel is Founder of Precision Grazing. He grew up on a family farm in Cornwall and studied at Harper Adams University. He was introduced to managed grazing systems in New Zealand in 2015 and since then has worked with livestock farmers across the UK. He shares what it means to him to be Fit […]

How does fitness fit with farming?

As many people say, “farming isn’t a job, it’s a lifestyle”, so how will improving a farmer’s physical fitness, benefit his/her lifestyle? Physical strains or damage are more of a regular occurrence when muscles aren’t used, or supported correctly, or are pushed to beyond limits they are naturally capable of. To prevent long term injury […]


Levels of depression in the farming industry are thought to be increasing, with suicide rates among farmers among the highest in any occupational group. More than one farmer a week in the UK dies due to suicide. That’s an achingly sad statistic that doesn’t even begin to describe the pain that those broken families will […]

Negotiation Skills Training Day

Friday 15th November 2019 8.15am – 5.30pm Bishop Burton College, Beverley HU17 8QG We would all like to be masters of the art of negotiation but in reality, many of us struggle with where to even start! You’re invited to join us for our Negotiation Skills Training Day. This course will give you the tools […]

Tye Trophy Winners 2019

The Tye Trophy Competition will take place in 2022 after a two year hiatus – see below for details of the competition held in 2019. The Tye Trophy highlights some of the best farms in the North of England and recognises the contribution of farmers to conservation and environmental improvement. The overall winner of the […]

Support and social events during October 2019

We were very thankful to finish harvest earlier this month which has been the focus of our efforts at home. We are now busy drilling up for next year, looking after sheep and cattle, keeping on top of our administration and preparing for the winter months. While working on the family farm, I also run […]

Three words for a faster emergency response

For farmers and rural business owners, working in isolation can very much be the norm, but what happens when something goes wrong? What is what3words? what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. What3words have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. For example […]

Future Farmers Country Week September 2019

When I left my parents family farm to study at university, I didn’t fully appreciate how closely my future career would revolve around farming and agriculture. From delivering stewardship advice at Natural England, to farm consultancy at ADAS and now launching Fern Farming, the one thing all my roles have had in common is the […]

Farmers challenge government on their African Swine Fever control strategy

Last week Madge Moore, Chair, Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network along with Carolyn Frank, Federation of Small Businesses, met with Mr. and Mrs. Otterburn and Kevin Hollinrake, MP Thirsk and Malton and a paddock full of Mangalitza pigs. Mrs. Otterburn had raised concerns about African Swine Flu. The impacts this would have on specialist […]

Future Farmers Breakfast Meeting at GYS

Adaptability in the face of change We are entering a possibly fast-paced restructuring of our industry. Winning farmers will be those that understand their businesses and are good at distinguishing opportunities from distractions. We must be primed to act and ready to adapt. Joined by speakers Minette Batters (NFU President), Hannah Jackson (Red Shepherdess) and […]

Help for the Farming Community affected by the July flooding in Yorkshire.

Help for the Farming Community affected by the July flooding in Yorkshire. We know there has been a great local response to the recent flooding disaster. You may already have contacted a membership organisation (Dales Farmer Network, CLA, NFU or TFA) but the following contacts may be able to provide you with some additional practical […]

Yorkshire Post Country Week Article – Scholarships

Written by Sarah Hunt My name is Sarah Hunt and I have worked in the accountancy profession for 15 years. I am Finance Director at the Oak Faming Group, which includes arable, dairy goats, renewables and a holiday park. I am also a member of the Future Farmers of Yorkshire group. When the Yorkshire Agricultural […]

Rural Community Energy Fund open for applications

Rural Community Energy Fund open for applications Clean renewable energy generation at the community level is beneficial both to the community and the wider environment. By reducing dependence on fossil fuel-based energy generation, communities can secure future energy supply. Gain protection from rising fuel costs and duties and reduce the risk of fuel poverty. Income […]


24 Hours in Farming is the agricultural industry’s biggest online event. Highlighting the pride of the nation’s food producers and encourages farmers to show the general public a typical working day through the power of social media. This year is once again sponsored by Morrisons and the event will take place from 5am August 8 […]


THE NATIONAL APPRENTICESHIP SHOW 2019 Tuesday 8th – Wednesday 9th October 2019   For the second year running, The Yorkshire Agricultural Society is delighted to offer a targeted LAND BASED area at the National Apprenticeship Show. Allowing farming and related industries to showcase what fantastic career options are available within the sector. Do you have […]

Future Farmers meet Michael Gove for Brexit answers

On Friday the 28th June I attended a meeting with the secretary of state for farming, the environment, and rural affairs; Michael Gove. The meeting chaired by Kevin Hollinrake MP gave the opportunity to question the secretary of state on issues surrounding the UK’s departure from the EU and the Agriculture bill, which is currently […]

Exmoor Hill Farming Network visit to the GYS

Exmoor Hill Farming Network visit to the GYS on Wednesday 10th July 2019 We were delighted to welcome 14 ladies from Exmoor to the Great Yorkshire Show on Wednesday. They attended the Future Farmers of Yorkshire Breakfast Meeting. ‘Adaptability in the face of change’. Chaired by Freddie Watson of The Organic Pantry near Tadcaster. With […]

Fun for all in the family area at the Great Yorkshire Show

Fun for all at the Great Yorkshire Show in the family area, comprising of the Discovery Zone, Gen Z, and the outdoor sports area. Discovery Zone Come along and get hands-on with new ways to learn about the countryside at the Great Yorkshire Show family area 2019. Meet some newly hatched chicks, find out how […]

Yorkshire farmers speak with Michael Gove

The YFFRN, in partnership with Centre for Crop Health and Protection (CHAP) based at FERA Science Ltd, York. We’re pleased to host a farmer meeting with the Rt Honourable Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Defra, last Friday. To give Yorkshire farmers the opportunity to speak with Michael Gove. The event was chaired by Mr. […]

Supporting early adoption of agri-tech innovations

Supporting Early adoption of Agri-Tech Innovations Date: 25th June 2019 Timings: 9:30am – 5:15pm Venue: University of Sheffield (INOX), S3 7RL The Knowledge transfer network would like to invite farmers and growers to their dedicated event. To help engagement between agri-tech companies and agri-business on the ground. What are the benefits of attending? Contribute to […]

N8 AgriFood farm open day

University of Leeds N8 AgriFood Farm Open Day  Date: 21st June 2019 Timings: 1:30pm – 6:00pm Venue: Headley Hall Farm, Spen Common Lane, LS24 9NT   Farmers and agribusinesses are invited to “peek over the hedge” into an operational research farm. To have their say on where scientists should be focusing their efforts to support […]

Serving up a real treat!

The Butcher The Baker and The Ice Cream Maker The popular Women in Farming evening was a great success in late May at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Farm Shop and café Fodder. The evening reception started with a delicious and refreshing glass of elderflower fizz. The attending women used the opportunity to chat with friends, […]

Open Farm Sunday – Calling All Farmers!

Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity to show people what real farming is all about and why supporting British farming matters. Are you thinking of opening your farm? Maybe you want to volunteer your expertise? Perhaps you want to visit one already running in your area? This year, Leaf’s Open Farm Sunday will be […]

The restorative power of leys- event invitation

The restorative power of leys in arable farming An invitation is extended from the White Rose Sustainable Agriculture Consortium of the University of  Leeds, Sheffield, and York. To a one day meeting; The restorative power of leys in arable farming. From 9.15am to 5.00pm on 24th June near Tadcaster. To overview the findings from two […]

Nutritional facts about meat and dairy

Veganism has blossomed over the past few years, with an estimated 250,000 people participating in Veganuary 2019.  Done properly, a plant-based diet can provide nearly all the correct nutritional requirements we need to thrive and can be deliciously interesting and varied.  Done badly, with poor planning and a reliance on processed vegan foods, and it […]

Future Farmers Chairman; Alastair Trickett

In hindsight, studying philosophy at St Andrews University was an unorthodox route into farming. So far I admit, it hasn’t helped in lambing a tricky ewe. Indeed, for the seven years after graduating I worked for three different companies that had little to do with agriculture. It was only two years ago that I returned to […]

Lobbying for farmers at the NFU Conference

Introduction I would like to start by saying thank you to the Future Farmers of Yorkshire and NFU Northeast. For giving me the opportunity to attend the NFU Conference in Birmingham in February and to Allie Hesketh for being an excellent host over the two days. The NFU is an organisation I have known about […]

Tye Trophy Farm Walk June

John Fenton warmly invites you to Springwell Farm, Driffield, YO25 3EL on Friday 7th June at 6 pm for second Tye Trophy Farm Walk. Supper provided. John Fenton is the Head Judge of the Tye Trophy Judging Panel and a previous winner and he describes the Tye Trophy as an award that finds highly commercial […]

Tye Trophy Winners Farm Walk Invitation May 2019

Richard & Karl Suddes warmly invite you to South Farm, Cornsay, DH7 9EL  Thursday 9th May at 6.30pm Richard & Karl Suddes were Tye Trophy Tyne Tees Area Winners presented at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2018. South Farm is 800 acres, 500 arable and 300 grass and woodland. In addition, 400 acres is share […]

Farmer Healthcheck Nurses Win Regional Award

On March 21st, 2019 the second Annual General Practice Nursing (Yorkshire and Humber) Awards were held in Leeds. The 21 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) from across Yorkshire and Humber had nominated their winners from local practices. Anne Reed and Tricia Fryer, nurses from The Doctors Surgery in Thirsk were nominated by Hambleton, Richmond and Whitby […]

Food Myths Cluttering the Debate

As a nutritionist I’m often entangled in debates about whether it’s right and healthy to eat animal products or should we all be switching to plant-based diets. It’s not a clear-cut argument on either side, and there are all sorts of myths circulating on social media, cluttering up the debate. So, it was a joy […]

Our Food, Our Future

Having grown up on a fourth-generation livestock farm just outside Harrogate, farming has been at the forefront of my life. I have always enjoyed the science behind livestock production, some of my earliest memories include creating my own feed blends for my pet sheep. Luckily my knowledge of nutrition has improved since! My passion for […]

Negotiation Skills Training

Future Farmers Negotiation Skills Training Tuesday 25th June 2019 8.15am – 5.30pm Regional Agricultural Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, HG2 8NZ We would all like to be masters of the art of negotiation but, in reality, many of us struggle with where to even start! Negotiating is a skill you’re not likely to learn at […]

The Butcher, The Baker and the Ice Cream Maker

SAVE THE DATE! The next Women in Farming Network meeting has been confirmed as: Date: Wednesday 22nd May 2019 At: Fodder farm shop and café, Great Yorkshire Showground HG2 8NZ From: 6.30pm An informal evening with supper, presentations and lots of conversation. Save the date to ensure you won’t miss out on our next popular […]

Investigating the unique abilities of the Herdwick Sheep Breed

Investigating the unique abilities of the Herdwick Sheep Breed Herdwicks are commercially farmed in Cumbria and provide income for their local communities. The breed consists of 65,000 sheep, with more than 95% of the entire number concentrated in one geographical region – within the Lake District National Park, that has recently been awarded UNESCO World […]

Farmers and food producers at the heart for Grow Yorkshire

At a time when Brexit has prompted the greatest change to farming in a generation. The Yorkshire Food and Farming Rural Network have joined other regional food and farming stakeholders. With an aim to promote a positive vision for the future of the industry, through Grow Yorkshire. The use of collaboration will be key. An […]

Learning & Networking Opportunities

Written by Richard Pears, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to attend the Oxford Farming Conference 2019. Having read the news stories emanating from the Oxford Farming Conference over the years, and having heard nothing but positive reports from previous delegates it was with high expectations that I arrived […]

NFU Conference 2019 – Our Food, Our Future

Written by Nick Grayson, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and the NFU North East Office to attend the NFU Conference 2019. Travelling into central Birmingham on the train during rush hour on a weekday morning, wearing a shirt and tie was the first culture shock for me – […]

Every Farmers’ Responsibility

Written by Jim Beary, Future Farmers of Yorkshire member kindly sponsored by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to attend the Oxford Farming Conference 2019. I am an upland livestock farmer from Bradfield, South Yorkshire, in the Peak District National Park. It is a 400-acre farm consisting of 800 ewes, producing prime lambs for Tesco, 130 contract […]

Brexit – Imports and Exports – Impact of Tariff Quotas

What does Brexit mean for tariff and tariff quotas in a soft or hard Brexit deal? In February, we were joined by Economic Law expert, Professor Fiona Smith, University of Leeds, who spoke to the Network about the impact on tariff and tariff quotas in a ‘soft’ or ‘hard’ Brexit deal. Fiona was a member […]

What to look for when conducting a post mortem for liver fluke disease

What to look for when conducting a post mortem for Liver fluke disease Yorkshire farmers had an insightful evening in February with Bainbridge Vets, Leyburn, learning about key signs for Liver fluke disease when conducting a post mortem on their hill sheep. The post mortems are part of a learning programme being delivered under the […]

The Myths & Realities of Livestock Production

Join us to discuss the myths & realities of livestock production What are the myths and realities surrounding the UK livestock industry with regards to welfare, environment and healthy consumption of animal products? It is time to arm ourselves with the facts, and understand how to present them, so we can talk to the public […]

A World of Opportunity

Written by, Sarah Dean, Oxford Farming Conference Scholar 2019 supported by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society Attending the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC), titled ‘A World of Opportunity’, was a great opportunity for myself, I was very grateful to the Yorkshire Agricultural Society for kindly sponsoring me. Brexit was the main talking point throughout the conference which […]

Have your say on how to improve nitrogen use efficiently

Our friends at the University of Leeds have asked us to support them in promoting their new project. Can you help? Currently, many of the efforts to reduce nitrogen pollution focus on a single influence, such as air or water quality, or a single activity, such as slurry storage or fertilizer application. This project, delivered […]

Come & be part of an amazing team!

The Great Yorkshire Show is looking for volunteer stewards for a number of areas (including sheep and cattle) for the 2019 Show. We all know how special GYS is, but, quite simply, the show could not run without the dedication of its Stewards. You’ll get a huge sense of pride and an immense buzz from […]

Bridging the Gap for Rural Broadband

Connecting rural communities and businesses to rural broadband is one of our network’s key priorities which is why at the Great Yorkshire Show 2018 we gave a big push to help our rural and farming communities connected. Hosted by the CLA with sponsorship by the network, the drop-in event, held on the Wednesday of the […]

Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming

In November 2018, the Yorkshire Food Farming and Rural Network held their conference “Defining a Future for Yorkshire Farming” at the National Agri-Food Innovation Campus in York in which it welcomed 200 regional farmers and stakeholders to showcase Yorkshire’s industry strengths in Agriculture. The audience discussed the future of the new Agricultural Policy for the […]

Oxford Farming Conference 2019

Hundreds of farming enthusiasts from across the UK converged on the classrooms and examination halls of Oxford University, last week, for the 2019 Oxford Farming Conference. Headline speaker, Defra Secretary, Michael Gove warned about the dangers of a no-deal Brexit and spoke of the importance of productive farming and environmental enhancement. He promised a “world […]

Is it the end for agrichemical spraying?

Is it the end for agrichemical spraying? Prof Rob Edwards and Dr Roma Gwynn were among the speakers at this year’s CropTec Show 2018. The event was held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough. Rob and Roma spoke to an audience of 200 over the two-day event. They set the scene for a […]

Brymor Ice Cream Evening

The Women in Farming’s November meeting at Brymor Ice Cream was the absolute opposite of the stormy weather hammering down outside on the café’s roof! After receiving a very warm welcome from the staff a delicious coffee and a chance to chat to the other ladies present, we were guided through to the main café […]

A family business with a real passion for quality

Our blog about the Women in Farming evening visit to Shepherds Purse near Thirsk in May 2018 Wow! Didn’t we have a fantastic time with Judy and Caroline Bell on our visit? They were so generous with their time, knowledge and expertise and gave us a really wonderful opportunity to find out more about running […]

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