I'm really excited to be a part of the 2011 NFU conference which is being held at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham this week. The NFU have kindly invited 76 young farmers to attend the conference and have invited me to speak at one of the breakfast sessions on Wednesday morning entitled 'The Next Generation' with the Minister for Agriculture, Jim Paice MP.
As the conference theme concentrates on the contribution of farming to the economy, I beleive it is pertinent to acknowledge the necessity for young farmers and new entrants to have support entering the industry. I'm sure you will agree that this is long overdue.
And so, I am keeping my fingers crossed that I am invited to ask my question to Caroline Spelman during tomorrow's morning political session. The question that I am hopnig to ask is very similar to the question I asked to Hilary Benn Last year however I feel that it is still left unanswered and young people are still being left in the dark.
We are fed up of all the meetings that are being held to discuss OUR FUTURE, which we feel are prodomenantly talking shops. We have responded to industry and government recommendations to upskill, train and be forward thinking, now the time has come to see some action!