Our 2017 Farming Pioneers

Last week we welcomed 20 new young ‘Farming Pioneers’ to our scheme which champions young farming talent. Covering topics like negotiation skills, business growth and succession planning, our scheme flies the flag for the industry’s new talent – encouraging students to think about the incredible variety that a career in agriculture can offer. By 2023, over 100 young farmers from our supply chain will have been on this course.

Josh Dowbiggin with his award alongside members of our Agri Team.

Josh Dowbiggin with his award alongside members of our Agri Team.

And to show what a difference placements with us can make for young farmers, Josh Dowbiggin, who’s been on an undergraduate placement with the Agri Team for the last year, scooped the Student Farmer of the Year award at the coveted Farmer’s Weekly Awards.

With our 100% British fresh meat commitment grabbing the headlines earlier this year, schemes like these from our Agri Team really show how our commitment to support British farmers goes further as we champion a better way of doing business.

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  1. Where are the women farmers?

    • Hi Louis, I have asked the Agri Team for some more insight into who applied and a bit more on the selection process. I’ll come back with an answer when I have it. ^Kevin

    • Hi Louis. The Agri team say that they’d have loved to have had more female farmers on the scheme this year. Sue is in this year’s group, but unfortunately couldn’t make the launch day (when the photo was taken). There are also five females across the first two groups going through the scheme – one of whom, Mary, shared the stage with Steve Murrells at this year’s AGM if you caught that.
      Also the team’s next undergraduate placement is a lady called Kate who joins the team of 7 females (and one male). So the team are very keen to see and support more female farmers – especially as articles in the press over recent years have shown the rise in female workers in agriculture.
      Hope this helps give a fuller picture and answers your question.
      ^Kevin

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I am a Colleague Communications Manager at the Co-op - writing stories, creating events and supporting teams to help all colleagues keep connected with what's going on across our Co-op.

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