BSc Land Management student Joe Greenfield has been on a fascinating journey given his selection by the NFU as one of the country’s brightest young arable farmers as part of their Cereals Development Programme. The initiative was set up to encourage young farmers to take up public-facing and official roles by helping them gain specific skills and confidence at the same time as improving their business skills. After meeting the then Defra secretary in the European Parliament, Joe was able to give his thoughts to that eternal question in farming – what would you like to see in the future of the industry?
Scripting a response recently published in the pages of British Farmer & Grower magazine that is widely circulated to members of the National Farmers Union, Joe replied ‘I would like to see the industry become far more outward looking, dynamic, innovative and youthful to a certain degree, as well as looking to the past for answers’. He continued ‘I think if you study history you can almost predict the future by looking at cycles of agriculture that have happened in the past’. With impending changes to agricultural subsidy support in new Common Agricultural Policy reform, we all await to see what happens with great interest.
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