NFU appeals for ‘Farmers for Schools’ ambassadors

The NFU has announced its latest training dates for farmers interested in joining its Farmers for Schools programme.

The programme, which seeks to promote the agricultural industry within secondary schools and help children to understand farming, currently has more than 200 fully trained ambassadors who regularly attend schools.

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As part of the initiative, the NFU asks members to deliver a 30- to 45-minute assembly at a local secondary school, showcasing their everyday life on their farm.

It is an opportunity to promote the value of British farming and correct any myths or misconceptions.

Ambassadors will usually work in pairs to deliver two assemblies over an academic year, while the NFU will cover any travel expenses and the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

NFU president Minette Batters said: “This is an exciting programme that will give farmers the opportunity to pass on their knowledge and expertise to the next generation.”

For farmers interested in becoming a Farmers for Schools ambassador, the next three training dates are 17 October at Jubilee Hall in Malpas, Cheshire; 23 October at the NFU’s Stoneleigh Park headquarters in Warwickshire; and on 24 October at the NFU’s Westminster office.

More information on the scheme is available on the NFU website.

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