Farmvention winners get stuck in to life on farm

The NFU’s Farmvention competition winners have been visiting farms across the country this week to get some hands-on experience about what life is like as a farmer.

The competition, which asked primary school children to solve three farming-related challenges using Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, was developed as part of the NFU’s education strategy which aims to bridge the gap between children and food, farming and the countryside.

In January the NFU announced its nine winners, whose designs will be showcased at an exhibition in the House of Commons next week on 13 March where the overall champion will be decided.

NFU education manager Josh Payne said: “Science, technology, engineering and maths are all deeply embedded in British food production and it’s fantastic that more schools are using food and farming to engage children in these key subjects.

“Farmvention is all about building the link between children and their food and the competition has successfully brought farming into the classroom. It’s great to now see the winning schools out of the classroom and getting some hands-on experience on real working farms.

“The inventions the children have come up with, whether it’s a tractor of the future, an environment for a flock of laying hens or a new snack product, really are incredible and I can’t wait to see their designs showcased at the grand final next week.”

Alongside fully funded farm visits, prizes also included chef visits and £600 to spend on robotics products for the school.


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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.