Massey Ferguson sponsored the visit of three young British agriculturalists to Agritechnica last week as part of the Oxford Farming Conference/Young DLG (German Agricultural Society) Scholar Exchange programme.
Robert Yardley, Nicola Blowey and Jenni Thompson were welcomed onto the Massey Ferguson stand at the show by Campbell Scott, Director Marketing Services, Massey Ferguson Europe/Africa/Middle East. The British trio also attended the prestigious Young DLG Conference taking place at Agritechnica.
The aim of the OFC/DLG Scholar Exchange Programme is to give young agriculturalists a valuable learning opportunity at leading agri events in Germany and the UK and to enable them to meet like-minded people working in the same sector from other countries.
“It was a great pleasure to meet the scholarship winners,” says Campbell Scott. “They are fantastic torchbearers for the vitality and dynamism of our industry”.
“At Massey Ferguson, we are firmly focused on young people in agriculture and are developing major partnerships with young farmers’ organisations as well as supporting initiatives that involve the new generation of agricultural professionals.”
Nicola Blowey is a third-year BSc Agriculture student at Harper Adams University. Robert Yardley works on an arable unit in Cheshire and is studying part-time for an FdSc in Agriculture at Reaseheath College. He was also on the panel of speakers at the Agritechnica Young Farmers Day held on 12 November where he spoke about soil structure and precision farming. Jenni Thompson is a graduate from Harper Adams and works for a UK farming charity.
“It was a wonderful opportunity to have the ear of the top professionals in the farming industry at the world’s largest agricultural machinery show,” Jenni remarks. “In particular, it was great to see how much emphasis was given to the future users of the end product. The visit gave us the chance to see agriculture in a different country and appreciate the challenges and opportunities in the sector worldwide.”
In January 2016, Massey Ferguson, through its partnership with CEJA (Council of European Young Farmers), is sponsoring the attendance of three Young Farmer members from Ireland, Italy and Belgium to the Oxford Farming Conference, one of the UK’s key platforms for agricultural debate. The company has just completed its second year as a key partner to CEJA which represents over two million young farmers in Europe. Visiting the OFC under the MF sponsorship programme will be Alan Jagoe, President of CEJA, and Vice Presidents Alice Cerruti and Jannes Maes.
“Young farmers are helping to change public perception of farming and underlining its vital role in feeding the planet,” says Campbell Scott. “This is an exciting and challenging industry and we must do all we can to encourage talented and committed youngsters to embrace it as a long-term career prospect.”