Focus on farmers and rural business

Did you know that Oxfordshire is the most rural county in the South East region? Over 50 per cent of people in Oxfordshire live in settlements of less than 10,000 people.

78 per cent of the land in Oxfordshire is under agricultural management and almost a quarter of the land in the county is designated an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB). Farming and farmers have always been a significant employer in the South Oxfordshire district and county as a whole.

Oxfordshire Young Farmers (OYFFC) is an organisation for young people from ages ten to 26 which forms the largest rural youth group in the county of Oxfordshire. Affiliated to the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs (NFYFC), if you are interested in a career in agriculture but have no background in farming, NFYFC can help.

With links to industry and the Government the NFYNC are able to highlight the many opportunities in agriculture through training schemes, partnerships, and networking. YFC members who are planning to study an agricultural subject at university may be able to get financial support.

National Young Farmers Week

Rural Farmers

September 18-24 is the third annual National Young Farmers’ Week, aiming to raise awareness of the work carried out by their members in the community.

During the week they will be focusing on a different theme each day, find out more information and how to get involved at this link.

Future Farmers

The agriculture industry has around 150,000 businesses – that’s 6 per cent of all UK businesses – and 660,000 employees, according to research body Lantra. Despite the often negative press, opportunities in agriculture are alive and well.

In fact the industry is calling out for the next generation to help shape the future of farming, whether it’s offering members ways to develop their skills or giving them a political voice in Europe – NFYFC runs a range of activities to support future farmers.

Have a look at their website to find out if NFYFC can support you in your career. There is also information on how other YFC members are helping shape their future in agriculture.