Future for young farmers

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Young farmers are being invited to an NFU Scotland event which will focus on the future of young farmers in Dumfries and Galloway.

The free event, taking place on 18 May, will explore the future of the younger farmer and next generation in the region whilst sharing opinions, ideas and ambitions.

NFU Scotland recognises the importance of the next generation and the enthusiasm for challenging the industry to do things differently, and is encouraging all those with an interest in the next generation to come along and give their input.

Gary Mitchell, Regional Chairman for Dumfries and Galloway will chair the day at Laggan Outdoor, Gatehouse of Fleet and the event will centre on the question: “If the average age of a farmer in Dumfries and Galloway was 35, would things be different.”

Four young and inspiring individuals will speak about what they have done and how they have overcome challenges, with break-out sessions following later in the day. Dinner will be provided and there will be a tour of Laggan Outdoor.

NFU Scotland Regional Chairman, Gary Mitchell commented: “The idea behind this one day event is to inspire young farmers – and young people who work on farms - into planning their future instead of waiting for it. If the average age of a Dumfries and Galloway farmer was 35 - it’s currently 55 plus - would things be different? We have four great young farmers from across the sector sharing how they set out to do things different. We know succession is a major issue in many farms. The younger you are when you get to make decisions, the more time you’ve got to correct the wrong ones.”

Booking is essential, contact Teresa Dougall, NFU Scotland Dumfries and Galloway Regional Manager on 07718 425053 or email teresa.dougall@nfus.org.uk.