Young farmers’ views sought on future use of land

Next-generation farmers and rural young people have been asked for their views on future land use to ensure their voice helps shape new government policy.

Future policy on food production, net zero, conservation and environment goals, as well as housing and development in the countryside will affect all young people working in agriculture and a new survey has asked for their thoughts.

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The project is backed by Defra and run by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) and researchers Rose Regeneration.

The NFYFC is working with Dr Ivan Annibal and Dr Jessica Sellick from Rose Regeneration following on from last year’s rural future survey.

The NFYFC’s Young Farmers’ Club (YFC) AGRI group leads on work to support the rural community, food and farming initiatives and training and career development.

As well as the online survey, the researchers will attend the Cereals 2021 event (30 June-1 July) to talk face-to-face with visitors to the show.

Have your say

Tom Pope, from the Somerset Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and chairman of YFC AGRI, said: “We must make sure that those of us who will feel the impact of changes to policies affecting the countryside share our views. 

“There are plenty of other groups who may have conflicting opinions, so spend a few minutes answering questions so that our collective voice is heard.

“We appreciate the many requests for surveys during this time of policy change as well as input to meetings and other YFC commitments, but please make sure this survey is one you don’t miss.”

Dr Annibal said it was crucial to hear the views of rural young people, who represent the future of the sector.