The 2018-2019 Cereals Development Programme has been launched by the NFU and co-operative Openfield to identify the next generation of arable farmers. Those with an interest in agriculture who are aged between 25-35 years old can now apply to take part.
The scheme aims to identify future industry leaders and provide them with the knowledge and skills to run their own sustainable farming business. It is hoped that these young leaders will pave the way for further progress in the British arable sector.
The four-month programme will give participants the chance to improve their knowledge and understanding of the supply chain, the wider food industry, supply & demand, economies of scale and other crucial elements. Participants will also be given the opportunity to improve their own personal skills such as negotiating, managing, leading and presenting. In turn, it is hoped, that this improved knowledge and set of personal skills will boost their confidence and ultimate business success.
NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts, a former CDP participant, commented on the programme: “I found it a hugely enjoyable and thought provoking experience. I’d encourage anyone to apply – who knows where it may lead.”
Tom Bradshaw, NFU combinable crops board chair, is keen to encourage and support young people entering the industry. “The Cereals Development Programme is a fantastic opportunity for the next generation to get involved and to understand how the arable industry works…it is important that we support young people and give them the chance to help shape the sector they work in.”
Applications for the programme are now open. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday 31 August. Farmers can apply for the Cereals Development Programme by emailing their CV and cover letter to email@example.com