Future Farmers of Yorkshire look for positive opportunities after Brexit Vote

The repercussions of the Brexit vote and its impact on farmers will be firmly in the spotlight at next week’s Great Yorkshire Show with organisers calling for the farming voice to be heard.

The Future Farmers of Yorkshire group is hosting an informal networking breakfast on Wednesday 13 July to discuss the outcome of the referendum and what happens next for UK farmers. A range of topics will be discussed including a look at future trade, payments, currency movements and the impact on foreign workers.  It will also look at positive opportunities in the new political landscape, with many Future Farmers keen to roll up their sleeves and work together, determined to be part of a successful food and farming industry.

The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural show and runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July when more than 130,000 people are expected to attend.

Organiser Elizabeth Hudson said: “This presents an opportunity for farmers to tell policy makers what they would like to see in a UK agricultural policy which could ultimately make the industry stronger. Farmers produce the ingredients for the UK’s largest manufacturing industry - food and drink, and it is vital that their voices are heard at this important time.”

The headline speakers are NFU President and Pembrokeshire farmer, Meurig Raymond and Professor Wyn Grant, Professor of Politics of the University of Warwick and lead author of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Brexit Report. Closer to home, Escrick arable farmer and agronomist Rob Daniel will chair the meeting. Rob works for event sponsors, Agrii, and is club leader of Escrick YFC, as well as being an active member of Future Famers. 

The group was established by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society and comprises farmers, vets, consultants, machinery dealers and land agents, keen to network and share best practice. The breakfast meeting has become a regular diary fixture for farmers keen to catch up with friends and business contacts, before enjoying a full day at the Great Yorkshire Show.

The meeting begins at 7.45am and takes place at the NFU Stand. Talks are expected to start at 8.15 and finish by 9am. The event is free and to register, please email futurefarmersofyorkshire@yas.co.uk  


6 July 2016

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- The Great Yorkshire Show is organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charity which supports farming and the agricultural industry.
- This will be the 158th Great Yorkshire Show
- Dates are Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July
- The venue is The Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire
- It is England’s premier agricultural event
- Tickets are available on the gates
- Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not allowed on the showground. Be kind to your dog and leave it at home.For the latest information see www.greatyorkshireshow.co.uk


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The Yorkshire Agricultural Society was formed in 1837 and is a charity dedicated to supporting the farming industry and rural life. Best known for staging the annual Great Yorkshire Show, England's Premier Agricultural event and Countryside Live, it's sister event. The value of the support it provides to regional farming and countryside initiatives has risen year on year to nearly £1m. The 2016 Great Yorkshire Show runs from Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 July and Countryside Live is on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 October 2016. Both take place at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate, North Yorkshire and are flagship events for agriculture and rural life. The Society plays a key role in supporting rural life, through grants, sponsorships and has a very active education department which runs a wide range of activities aimed at increasing the knowledge of young people and their teachers about the important role farmers play in producing our food and caring for the landscape. An important date on the annual calendar is the annual Countryside Days event when thousands of primary school children use the showground as a resource for learning. In June 2009, the Society also opened its Regional Agricultural Centre at the showground which will be a focus for excellence for the industry, as well as the new home of the Society. Yorkshire Event Centre Limited (YEC) is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Society and all YEC’s profits go to fund its charitable work. Who's Who in the Yorkshire Agricultural SocietyChairman: Simon TheakstonPresident: Sarah YorkPresident Elect: Lord MiddletonChief Executive: Nigel Pulling