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“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 […]

Grow Yorkshire Meets the Circular Economy Workshop

Thursday 21st Nov 2019 National Railway Museum, Leeman Road , York, YO26 4XJ ‘Creating a profitable, Circular & Carbon-Neutral Farming and Food system in Yorkshire’ Farming has been getting a lot bad press in the media recently in relation to climate change. But research from the Rodale Institute shows that agriculture could capture more than […]

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 […]

#Fit2Farm

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 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 Tye competition will also be entered into the national Silver Lapwing Award the following year. How it works Three farms are nominated from seven areas […]

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 […]

#FARM24

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 […]

LAND BASED AREA FOR APPRENTICESHIP SHOW 2019

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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