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SFYFC members attend Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture AGM

March

02

On Thursday 2nd March, Shropshire YFC members Rebecca Green, Clarrie Hocknell and Harriet Tyler attended the Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture annual AGM at Ternhill Hall Hotel.

Harriet Tyler, a current member of Much Wenlock YFC, gave a report on her trip to Sweden in August 2016. Harriet was a successor of the Shropshire Chamber of Agriculture bursary and applied to travel to learn about cross-breeding genetics.

Andrea Leadsom, the DEFRA Secretary of State attended the lunch and gave a speech on DEFRA's plans for agriculture post BREXIT. 

Rebecca and Clarrie were honored to represent SFYFC members and were given an opportunity to ask Andrea Leadsom a question each. Both were topical questions about issues relating to young people involved in farming.

Rebecca's question was: Secretary of State, The average age of a British farmer is in their late 50's, yet studies show those farmers aged 30 - 40 are, on a average, more productive. An online consultation by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) found a lack of financial backing for young farmers was highlighted as a major inhibitor for young people wanting to get into farming in the next five years, post-Brexit. During what promises to be challenging times ahead, where it may be easy not to give consideration to new entrants, how do you plan to ensure new young entrants with fresh and entrepreneurial ideas get the opportunities to enter this industry over the next 5 - 10 years?

Clarrie asked about how the government plans to help new entrants farm in their own right after many council farms have been sold.

Clarrie described that "it was a thoroughly insightful and enjoyable day and a great opportunity for Shropshire Young Farmers to promote what we do best!"

 

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