If you’re focused, ambitious and keen to broaden your horizons, it could be time to check your passport!

Farming Connect has begun its search for focused and ambitious farmers and foresters keen to enhance their business competitiveness and viability through participation in this year’s Management Exchange programme.  The programme, now in its second year, will fund each participant up to a maximum of £4,000 for a study visit to Europe.

If you’re one of the fortunate few to be selected for this unique opportunity to view best practice at a farm or forestry enterprise of your choice in Europe, it might be soon be time to pack a suitcase!

“Last year’s successful participants had a fantastic opportunity to

see at first hand many different approaches to business management which broadened their knowledge, technical ability and management expertise,” says Einir Davies, development and mentoring manager with Menter a Busnes, which delivers Farming Connect.

“All that very valuable learning continues to be shared with the wider industry here in Wales through Farming Connect, which has resulted in many more farm businesses benefitting and adopting more efficient or profitable ways of working.

Farming Connect is funded by Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

“If you are an eligible individual, registered with Farming Connect

and believe you would benefit from an exchange visit to a farm or forestry business within the EU, and/or who would be interested in hosting a suitably trained and experienced farm or forest manager currently working in the EU at their home holding, we would urge you to apply as soon as possible,” said Ms. Davies. The window for applications is open from 31 May to 30 June 2018.

The aims of the programme are to enable both parties to identify developmental opportunities both at a personal and business level, and to facilitate the transfer and application of knowledge into innovative or advanced best practice which they can implement at home and share with the wider industry in Wales. Successful participants will be expected to disseminate findings from their learning experience through Farming Connect’s usual communications channels and events programme.

An independent judging panel will be responsible for the competitive selection process.  All applicants will need to be available for interview on Monday 9 July or Tuesday 10 July 2018 in Aberystwyth.  The names of those selected will be announced at an official ceremony at the Royal Welsh Show at Llanelwedd on Monday, 23 July 2018. Successful applicants will then either undertake or host a visit for a period of up to approximately six weeks. Two-way exchange visits will be encouraged but are not essential.

The funding rate for the programme is 100%, up to a maximum of £4,000 with costs reclaimed following the visit or hosting period.


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John Swire - 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.