NFU wants more farmers to become school ambassadors

29 Dec 2023

The NFU is encouraging more farmers to become industry ambassadors as part of its Farmers for Schools programme, which was launched in 2022.  

The programme educates secondary school pupils about British food and farming. In August 2023, more than 200 farmers were already visiting schools in England and Wales.  


The Farmers for Schools programme builds on the success of the NFU’s Farmvention challenge and STEMterprise project, which were both delivered in primary schools. The Farmvention challenge encouraged pupils to think of new technologies that could aid climate-smart farming. The STEMterprise project taught science, technology, engineering and maths through agriculture in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering. 


Farmers for Schools ambassadors will be required to deliver assemblies in local secondary schools about day-to-day life on a farm. According to the NFU, this provides an opportunity to showcase the value of farming, correct misconceptions and pass on knowledge and expertise to the next generation. Typically, ambassadors work in pairs and deliver two assemblies each year. Travel expenses and the cost of a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are covered by the NFU.  


Farmers who are interested in becoming an ambassador can sign up for an NFU training course, which will help them prepare assemblies.  


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