Josie Troop, alumna of the BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business degree pathway has been selected as one of the NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors for 2020. Enthusiastic about the year ahead, she shared her experience with us.
I had seen the ambassador programme launched last year and it looked like a really exciting opportunity. A year on, and with final year over, it seemed like the perfect time to be a part of the scheme. Last year my friend Sioned was an ambassador and it was amazing to see what she got up to, the friends she made, and her presence online.
To apply, it was a matter of answering several questions. These involved talking about where do you see agriculture going; what has your involvement been so far; how would you engage with the general public and encourage more people to back British farming.
Following this I was invited to the next stage interview. Where I was asked questions on how I would get more young people to engage with NFU; how I would share my views across media platforms, and would I be comfortable doing interviews and videos?
With the right kind of answers for each of the questions, it feels amazing to be chosen out of around 130 candidates. There are so many amazing voices out there in the industry right now, to be selected to help positively endorse British farming is a real achievement for me.
Over the course of the year I hope to continue the fantastic work the previous ambassadors have started which will involve sharing positive media around British Farming and young people in agriculture. The last few months have been challenging and I think it’s going to take a lot of new ideas to make sure virtually our voice is stronger than ever. But I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Read more of the ambassadors' story here.