3 November 2022
This year, the NFU's #BackBritishFarming day was marked on November 2.
We were delighted to host the NFU Dairy Export Summit on campus - and to welcome Secretary of State for International Trade Kemi Badenoch, who met with our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Ken Sloan.
Great to see @tradegovuk SoS @KemiBadenoch sporting a #BackBritishFarmingDay wheatsheaf pin badge while attending today's @NFU_Dairy Exports Summit at @HarperAdamsSU #backBritishfarming #teamdairy pic.twitter.com/5iYgEyTKlq— Mike Thomas (@mikeacthomas) November 2, 2022
As the UK's leading specialist university for the agri-food and rural business sectors, we are working every day to back British farming and farmers, to educate the farmers of the future, and to ensure our current workforce get the new skills they need through short courses and apprenticeships.
Our School of Sustainable Food and farming is working to share the latest thinking and learning on sustainable farming, to ensure the farming sector gets the support and advice it needs.
We are always proud to #BackBritishFarming working closely with farmers past, present, and future to shape practice and practitioners and share knowledge to the benefit of all. pic.twitter.com/ZwzcMvFGGF— Harper Adams University (@HarperAdamsUni) November 2, 2022
Our current students - whether here on campus, or out in industry on placement, marked the day:
#BackBritishFarmingDay proud of our daughter who is passionate about Farming & Agriculture. A graduate from @Reaseheath @RHC_Agriculture and now studying at @HarperAdamsUni #thisgirlcan pic.twitter.com/j1wyxo925L— Ruth Auton (@AutonRuth) November 2, 2022
Placement student Eleanor was even nominated as one of a series of Community Farming Heroes by her local MP...
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...as were the the family of Len Eadon - who were named West Midlands winners - and alumnus Duncan Priestner.
A hugely popular figure in his local area, Duncan Priestner was delivered his Community Farming Hero award by @SirGrahamBrady MP.— NFU Political (@NFUPolitical) October 28, 2022
Duncan completed a Higher National Diploma in Agriculture @HarperAdamsUni and has achieved great success in poultry farming. #BackBritishFarming pic.twitter.com/yd0Kct3uue
Our partners across the sector - and across the globe - also marked the day.
For @NFUtweets #BackBritishFarmingDay we think of the amazing farm visits we've built into our scholarships. Giving our #agriculturaldevelopment students time to engage with #farmers with different (& often more similar than you might expect) set of challenges benefits everyone. pic.twitter.com/jnmyaYWYti— Marshal Papworth (@MarshalPapworth) November 2, 2022
Throughout the day, and beyond, our students, alumni, staff, parners and friends all marked the contribution British farming makes in their own way.
As Professor Sloan noted after meeting the Secretary of State: "We have one of the world’s most productive, innovative and environmentally-concerned farming sectors, and it is vital that we back it and support it - both home and abroad."
Harper Adams Vice-Chancellor @ProfKenSloan met with @tradegovuk Secretary of State @KemiBadenoch earlier today after the @NFU_Dairy Exports Summit.— Harper Adams University (@HarperAdamsUni) November 2, 2022
They spoke about our teaching, research, and how important it is to #backBritishfarming
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