Farming Connect Agri Academy 2019 – the search is on for the next generation of rural leaders and entrepreneurs

Have you got what it takes to be a rural leader, an innovator or entrepreneur in Wales? Are you determined and focused about working in the agriculture, forestry or food related industries and professions?

Farming Connect’s recruitment campaign for the 2019 intake of Agri Academy candidates is now opened!

Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, officially launched Farming Connect’s prestigious personal development programme, Agri Academy 2019, at the Farmers’ Union of Wales annual farmhouse breakfast at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay this morning January the 22nd.

The Agri Academy, now in its seventh year and with 200 alumni, brings together some of the most promising people making their way in the agricultural industry in Wales today, giving them the inspiration, confidence, skills and contacts they need to become future rural leaders, professional business people, innovators and entrepreneurs.

Comprising three distinct elements, the Agri Academy’s Rural Leadership programme, a collaboration with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, aims to develop and nurture a new generation of leaders. The Business and Innovation programme offers personal and business development to help meet the challenges of farming in the future, while the Junior Academy, run in partnership with Wales YFC, is targeted at youngsters aged 16-19 considering a career in the food and farming industries.

The Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, who attended a special reception at last year’s Winter Fair, hosted by graduates from all three elements of the programme, said:

“The Agri Academy has a fantastic track record of paving the way to business and career success for so many of its alumni.

“These individuals, who are selected because of their drive, focus and commitment to rural affairs in Wales, are certainly repaying our investment in their personal development, which can be attributed to the Agri Academy’s unique combination of mentoring, training, targeted high-level networking and study visits in both Wales and Europe.”

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About The Author

John Swire - Deputy editor of Agronomist and Arable Farmer as well as responsibility for the Agronomist and Arable Farmer and Farm Business websites. After 17 years milking cows on the family farm John started writing about agriculture in 1998 and has since written for a variety of publications and has developed a wide circle of contacts within the industry. When not working John is a season ticket holder at Stoke City and also of late has become a fitness freak, listing cycling, swimming and walking as his exercises of choice.