SuperJam founder Fraser DohertyFraser Doherty © Jim Varney

Business-minded young farmers from across the UK gathered in Cumbria for an exciting day of talks and workshops at the annual Fertile Minds conference on 14 October.

Organised by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual, Fertile Minds gave ambitious young farmers the chance to learn from expert speakers, network with each other and take part in workshops to help develop their careers.

The day opened with SuperJam founder Fraser Doherty explaining how he became the youngest ever supplier of a major supermarket after starting his business at 14 years old.

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Other talks included advice from NFU Mutual on succession planning.

After a networking lunch, the young farmers joined practical workshops on topics such as developing a brand and successful diversification.

“We were delighted to sponsor Fertile Minds – a special event run exclusively for young farmers looking to take their agricultural careers to the next level,” said an NFU Mutual spokeswoman.

“At NFU Mutual we know our customers, understand the farming industry and pride ourselves on the high level of support we offer the country’s next generation of farmers.”

Look out for more detailed reports of the day in the 28 October edition of Farmers Weekly and on FWi.


Sponsor’s message

NFU Mutual logoNFU are delighted to sponsor Fertile Minds – a special event run exclusively for young farmers looking to take their agricultural careers to the next level.

At NFU Mutual we know our customers, understand the farming industry and pride ourselves on the high level of support we offer the country’s next generation of farmers.