Networks discuss how to prepare farming families for the future

The Prince’s Countryside Fund brought together more than 20 farmer networks from around the UK to network, share knowledge, and discuss how to best support farming families for the future.

Kindly hosted by long term supporters of the Fund, NFU Mutual, at their Warwickshire offices, the day allowed agricultural support groups from all across the British Isles to share best practice and discuss how to deal with current issues in the sector.

Joanne Crib, senior manager at NFU Mutual said: “NFU Mutual were delighted to once again host The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Farmer Networks Day. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring together grass-roots organisations from across the UK who are pivotal in supporting British farmers, often in some of the most isolated parts of the country. 

“This event enables the Networks to share ideas, and importantly to look at ways of collaborating to ensure that as many farming families as possible can benefit from their tremendous support during this period of change for the industry. NFU Mutual are huge supporters of the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund as well as supporting a number of the individual farming networks through The NFU Mutual Charitable Foundation.”

Attendees heard talks from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society about the role of agricultural societies in the farming community, Making VAT Digital from IAGSA, and supporting families to think about succession planning from Saviour Associates.

The group were also treated to Jude McCann from Rural Support NI speaking about his 2018 Nuffield Scholarship research on “Protecting the Farms greatest asset: increasing resilience and knowledge transfer”, as well as to Stephanie Berkeley from the Farm Safety Foundation talking about how to support the physical and mental wellbeing of farmers.

Maddy Fitzgerald, head of Operations at the Fund said “The Fund is delighted to be holding our second farmer networks day, following the success of our gathering in June 2017. We continue to work closely with a number of networks across the UK and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to bring them together to share their experiences and collaborate.”

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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.