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Cultivating Sustainability: Opportunities Through Future Farmer Programme

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Cultivating Sustainability: Opportunities Through Future Farmer Programme

The urgency of adopting sustainable agricultural practices has never been more apparent. As a recruitment agency deeply committed to the agricultural sector, Agricultural Recruitment Specialists is thrilled to share news about an initiative that aligns perfectly with our values and the needs of today’s farmers: The School of Sustainable Food and Farming’s Future Farmer Programme - sponsored by Tesco.

In collaboration with Harper Adams University School of Sustainable Food and Farming, Tesco is rolling out the second iteration of this impactful programme. Building on the success of last year's launch, the Future Farmer Programme offers a golden opportunity for 75 young farmers to learn, grow, and integrate sustainable practices into their farming operations. The programme, set to commence this September, underscores a commitment to sustainable agriculture and biodiversity, essential for the future of farming.

The nine-month journey for participants is carefully designed to balance online and in-person learning—catering to the busy lives of modern farmers while ensuring deep, impactful educational experiences. Last year's cohort engaged in activities like site visits to ABP Food and the Sansaw estate near Shrewsbury, focusing on sustainable land management. These visits aren’t just educational—they're a platform for farmers to engage directly with industry experts and build valuable networks.

Simon Thelwell, the Director of the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, noted the programme’s value, highlighting how it brings farmers into contact with industry leaders and innovators. This connection is vital for fostering a community of forward-thinking farmers who are equipped to tackle environmental challenges.

This programme is specifically aimed at farmers aged 40 and under, with all training costs fully funded by the initiative. Participants will need to cover their travel expenses to and from events, which is a small investment for the wealth of knowledge and networking opportunities available.

For those interested in applying, more information and the application form are available on the Future Farmer Programme website. We encourage young farmers passionate about sustainability and looking to make significant impacts in their fields to apply.

At Agricultural Recruitment Specialists, we believe in the power of education and innovation to drive the agricultural sector forward. Programs like the Future Farmer offer not just learning opportunities but are a stepping stone towards a sustainable and prosperous agricultural future. We are excited about the potential of this programme to transform farming practices and encourage all eligible young farmers to seize this remarkable opportunity.

Listen to our Podcast

For more educational discussions, why not listen to our podcast - AgriCulture Live -available now on Spotify

In episode 7 of the podcast, we interviewed Alex Hardie from the School of Sustainable Food and Farming, you can listen below: