Next Generation Development Forum of farmers kicks off

Members of the Next Generation Forum gather for the group's official launch. Photo: Cliff Donaldson

THE Ulster Farmers' Union, with the support of the Young Farmers' Clubs of Ulster, has held the first meeting of the new 'Next Generation Development Forum'.

The Union sees the forum as a tool to help identify future organisation and industry leaders.

And the group kicked off its first meeting by hearing about the success of a similar forum run by the NFU Cymru.

UFU president Barclay Bell said that he is impressed by the calibre of the group and has high hopes for what it will achieve.

“We have brought together 24 farmers, all under the age of 40, who are some of the most innovative in the industry. Our aim is to help develop their leadership, communication and business skills while encouraging them to become more involved in UFU activities.”

He added: "The focus of the forum will be driven by its members but we expect there will be a mixture of both business and practical sessions. The group complements our existing policy committee structure and will help to shape the UFU for future generations.

“These young people are the future of our industry. We are facing uncertain times ahead and our industry needs capable young leaders. We see this as an important investment for the industry's future.”

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