Fertile Minds: Business event for young farmers is back

Farmers Weekly, in association with Tesco, is running a free one-day business event for young people hungry for success in agriculture.

The Fertile Minds event will bring together 150 ambitious young farmers in the early stages of their careers for a day packed with business advice, practical workshops and inspirational talks.

fertile_minds_logoIf you are aged 18-25 and keen to realise your farming ambitions, the Fertile Minds conference could be for you.

Alicia Hill from Derbyshire, who attended last year’s event, said it inspired her to achieve her ultimate business goal of taking her idea to the big food halls in London. “Fertile Minds taught me to persevere even when I get knock backs and to always have a contingency plan,” she said.

This year’s event is taking place at the Rheged Centre in Penrith, Cumbria. Owned by the Dunning family, who are hill farmers near Tebay, the venue is the largest underground grass-covered visitor centre in Britain.

The day will be jam-packed with examples of successful farm businesses, expert advice, practical workshops and Q&A sessions.

As well as hearing from established brands and businesses, Fertile Minds 2014 will be a unique opportunity for young farming entrepreneurs to network with their peers – share ideas, discuss problems, suggest solutions and possibly even sow the seeds of future business collaborations.

Farmers Weekly editor Jane King said: “There has never been a more exciting time to farm, but the next generation of farmers doesn’t have it easy. Feeding more mouths on less land will take imagination, ambition and lots of thinking outside the box. We hope everyone will leave Fertile Minds buzzing with ideas and with a much clearer vision of how they are going to achieve their business ambitions.”

Tom Hind, Tesco group agriculture director, said: “As British agriculture’s biggest customer, we know the future success of the industry lies in the hands of the next generation. This is why we want to inspire, encourage and support agricultural entrepreneurship among young farmers, so that they can continue producing high-quality food from British farms for decades to come.”

Fertile Minds is free to attend but spaces are limited. To apply, fill out the form online . Successful applicants will be contacted before 31 October.