NEIL HAMILTON, AM for Mid and West Wales and Leader of UKIP Wales, is urging young people in his Region not to miss out on the opportunity to have their say on the future of farming.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is calling on them to apply for the newly launched NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassador Programme.

He said: “I have always been an enthusiastic supporter of Welsh farmers and strongly believe how important it is to encourage more young people to get involved in our agricultural industry. I therefore welcome this new initiative. “It is a wonderful opportunity for students and young farmers, aged between 18 and 26 years to represent the UK’s biggest farming membership organisation. “The year-long programme is designed to give them the chance to learn more about the workings of the NFU and to have their say on the future of farming in the UK. “This is an incredible opportunity for those lucky enough to be selected and it will give them an invaluable insight into the challenges and opportunities which farming presents. I would urge any young people who meet the criteria to apply.”

Apart from the opportunity to become a member of the organisation, you will also be able to network with like-minded individuals from different localities and farming sectors, experience new aspects of the agriculture industry, including engagement with the media, supply chain, other sectors and how politics can impact agriculture

The criteria for applications includes being a NFU Student and Young Farmer member, having a vested interest in farming and rural affairs and be available to attend all events with confirmed dates.

The NFU and its sponsors will ensure that the programme is free for participants. All food, overnight stays and reasonable travel expenses will be covered as long as participants attend all events.

Applications open on Wednesday May 1 and close on Monday July 1. Visit www.nfuonline/student to make sure you're registered as an NFU Student & Young Farmer member.

For further details go to the NFU website.

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