The Forum

There’s nothing more inspiring than hearing from people who have already been there and done it.

With this in mind, a full programme of seminars is planned for the day, with leading industry speakers covering topics ranging from professional development to building a personal brand.

Check our agenda for 2019 below. A not-to-be-missed event.


9:30 – 09:45  Exhibitor Welcome

10:30 – 10:50 Your Career in Ag, where to Begin? 

General overview of the Ag industry and a first look at how to get started.

11:00 – 11:20  Making it work through generations – Henry and Andrew Cooke from Clotton Hall Dairy

11:30 – 11:50  Securing your next job: Top Tips for top roles 

General look at interviewing techniques, job search preparation ad CV pointers to help you stand out from your peers 

12:00 – 12:25  Lightening talks from the experts – Josh Wright from Family Farm

A series of 5 minute talks from those excelling in different areas within ag.

12:30 – 12:50  Climbing the ladder – Jacob Anthony

Exploring interpersonal skills and logistics of formulations a plan for progression: Creating tangible goals, realistic expectations, finding a mentor, further education etc.

13:20 – 13:50  In conversation with a young entrepreneur- Joe Rabicano, Britain’s youngest tenant farmer and Tom Jenkins from Jenkins Agricultural Services and Sarah Hawthorne from DSV

Taking a deep dive into what it takes to start a business and what methods to take to ensure this is a success

13:55 – 14:20  Onwards and Upwards – Exploring topics such as Brexit, UN’s urge to a vegan diet and what the future holds in terms for the industry.

Ag Careers Live Inspiring Speakers

Jacob Anthony  

Fifth-generation farmer Jacob Anthony is a graduate of the Agri Academy Business and Innovation Programme 2014.  He says the experience was so beneficial he’s delighted that he’s now been selected for the Rural Leadership Programme.  Jacob, who farms on the family farm at Cwm Risca in Tondu, near Bridgend, won the prestigious Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year award in 2018.

Josh Wright

I am a 4th generation tenant farmer, farming on Methley Estate. I have just taken over, and expanded, my grandfathers tenancy and I am now farming 250acres of mixed arable and grassland. We have a small pig breeding unit. My business is just starting to grow and expand and I have many ideas to expand and diversify to make the business sustainable in the turbulent times we find ourselves in at the moment.

Joe Rabicano

Meet Britain’s youngest council farm tenant. An aspiration to run his own farm has just become a reality for 18-year-old Joe Rabicano who applied to become the tenant of land at Southery while he was still studying for his A levels. With no formal agricultural qualifications, Joe found paid and unpaid work with farmers to gain experience and practical skills. He plans to use the land to expand his existing sheep business and to diversify into arable and horticultural cropping.

Tom Jenkins

A former student at the Gelli Aur campus of Coleg Sir Gâr, Tom had been employed at the JG Plant and Riverlea dealerships before deciding to strike out on his own. Tom Jenkins founded Jenkins Agricultural Services, based near Cardiff, last summer, specialising in repairs to New Holland kit and Honda ATVs. He already employs three people, has built turnover to approaching £15,000/month and is on track to get his 100th customer this spring.

Sarah Hawthorne

Born and raised on a farm in Great Yarmouth, Sarah is an enthusiastic ambassador for agriculture who graduated from Harper Adams University in Agricultural Business Management and Marketing. Currently, she works as a Head of Marketing and Sales at DSV (an international plant breeding company).  Sarah has always been a passionate member of Young Farmer in Norfolk and now run a yearly meeting for farmers and growers called Gen2050 where we discuss the future of farming, breeding and genetics.

Henry and Andrew Cooke

As a farming family, now in its sixth generation at Clotton Hall Farm, we work together with our free range cows to produce the perfect creamy milk which helps to create our luxurious clotted cream.
Inspired by his time at agricultural college in Shropshire, Henry launched the new business over concerns he might struggle to make a living working on the farm.

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