NFYFC launches new research project at YFC AGRI’s Breakfast Reception - Your post-Brexit rural futureUnderstanding the key issues affecting rural young people today and their views on what needs to change post-Brexit, is the aim of new research that is being launched by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC). NFYFC wants to hear from all who care about the future of their rural environment and British countryside.
Chaired by Caroline Drummond, LEAF CEO
This session explores ways to improve soil health – key to creating a resilient economically and environmentally sustainable farming system
- Clive Bailey, TWB Farms, Staffordshire, was the inaugural Soil Farmer of the Year in 2016, and discusses how he is using cover cropping, zero tillage and rotational diversity to improve soil fertility
• Tom Chapman, Innovation4Agriculture, reviews the soil health benefits and practicalties of introducing animals into an arable system
• Julian Gold is putting controlled traffic farming and minimal tillage at the heart of his strategy to prioritise soil health on his 750ha arable business.
• Sam Walker shares his organic farming best practice to improve soil health on his organic beef and arable farmer at Stantyway Farm, Offerton.
Chaired by Milly Fyfe
Covid-19, the phasing out of the basic payment and Brexit will result in a massive restructure of the industry, opening up new challenges but also new opportunities for forward-thinking farmers.
• Jeremy Moody, CAAV examines the issues, including housing and tenancy reforms, and where Government needs to provide direction and support
• Delyth Jones, Venture explores the opportunity that share farming and other options can provide young entrants. According to the CLA, if a quarter of farmers in England aged over 65 entered into a share farming agreement it would open up 8,000 new entrants.
• Dan Frost talks about his journey, as an engineer and teacher's son with no family farming background, to securing an 90-acre arable tenancy in Peterborough County Council.
• Matt Redman started a contracting business five years ago, which not only enabled him to build a high-tech machinery fleet and take on a 1,000-acre arable tenancy at Landbeach, Cambs.
Chaired by Tom Bradshaw, NFU Vice President
This session explores what skills are needed to stay on top of new technologies and business opportunities, as well as how to improve your own personal influence and performance.
• Beverly Dixon, chair of the CPD work stream on Agricultural and Horticultural Skills Leadership Group (SLG) and Group HR Director at G’s explores what new skills farmers need to deliver the highest professional standards and adapt to increasing technology
• Oliver McEntyre, Barclays National Agriculture Strategy Director talks through making yourself more employable and marketable: Building your influence and authority is tricky when you are in the early stages of your career; bankers, dealers and distributors do not always take you seriously as the key decision-maker.
• Simon Gadd heads up the NFU’s Next Generation board and addresses upskilling to focus on profitability, performance and productivity
• David Goodwin talks about the important role that young farmers can play in influencing the industry beyond their own farm gate.
Chaired by Mike Holland, Agricultural Law Association
Succession planning is typically a very difficult subject for farming families to broach. This session draws on the experience of those who have done this and independent experts that are used to supporting businesses through this very important transition.
• Matthew Naylor, Lincs arable farmer, addresses the elephant in the room - succession planning, which is often the hardest conversation for young farmers to broach with their families. His story shows that it isn't easy, but it is essential.
• Becky Miles provides an independent perspective. She's a trained family farm facilitator in managing farm business change and succession.
• Jane Hill, Safferey Champness shows how to avoid the tax pitfalls. She navigates the issues around inheritance and capital gains tax which are important to get right in succession planning with legislation tightening up.
• David Fursdon provides a personal insight on attracting a ‘young succession’ from outside the family
Chaired by Jonathan Scurlock, NFU
This session explores what steps are needed to achieve net zero carbon emissions on arable farms and how to tackle the climate change impacts already being felt on farms.
• John Tucker, Woodland Trust explores tree tactics and how planting trees can help tackle climate change, increase soil health, reduce inputs and mitigate flooding.
• Hugh Taylor, CEO Roadnight Taylor talks about harnessing flexible small-scale generation of renewable energies to generate power where it is needed most and create a low carbon future
• Prof Jenni Dungait, Soil Health Expert provides advice on restoring soil structure, health and fertility to mitigate the impacts of climate change on soils
• Prof Dick Godwin, NAAC provides advice on smart drainage solutions to tackle increasing rainfall intensity and seasonal variations which are creating floods and droughts on UK farmland
• Steve Penfield, John Innes Centre looks at how can farmers adapt cropping, variety choice and management to mitigate the effects of changing temperatures and rainfall events?
What's on your mind? Join in our interactive video call with George Baxter & Tom Pope from Cambridgeshire YFC and talk about current challenges and opportunities. Speakers will include Suzy Deeley at R.A.B.I., looking at how the charity can help farmers with practical support and financial grants, as well as signposting for mental health difficulties. Farmer Joe Stanley, trustee of the Henry Plumb Foundation, will talk about what support the Foundation can offer and how mentorship can help farmers to drive their businesses forward.