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Four Harper students selected as NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors

Posted 17 August

Four Harper students - both past and present - have been selected as NFU Student and Young Farmer Ambassadors 2020.

Undergraduates Katie Smith and Joe Bramall alongside alumni Josie Troop and Matthew Rollason are four of the eleven ambassadors chosen to represent the NFU and promote British farming.

The programme offers a platform to young people with a vested interest in farming and rural affairs, seeking to share their knowledge with others for the future of farming. By creating a network across England and Wales, the ambassadors will be able to travel and experience different aspects of the agricultural industry and take to social media to share their discoveries with likeminded individuals.

Katie Smith from Birmingham is a BSc (Hons) Bioveterinary Science student with a keen interest in animal welfare. With a different insight into the agricultural industry, Katie is excited to begin her ambassador work. She said: “I’m over the moon to be chosen as one of the ambassadors this year as I feel like I have a lot to put into the programme.

“We are already working on content for campaigns so it’s great that we are able to get involved early on into the programme - I’m sure there will be lots more fantastic opportunities yet to come!”

In contrast, Joe Bramall hails from Cheshire with a family dairy farm inspiring his FdSc Agri-Business studies. Despite his routes in farming, Joe’s pathway through education was more suburban, and he hopes to inspire others from those areas to have an interest in agriculture. He said: “I’m passionate about getting the public to back British farming.

“Brexit has given us a unique opportunity to shape the future of government legislation and securing political support for farming in the Agriculture Bill would be a big achievement for our industry.

“I think the year ahead will be very exciting; meeting new people from across the industry with new ideas and have a similar passion for agriculture as I do. I hope my journey, coming from a town based high school, will get people coming from similar backgrounds to become more interested in agriculture and help support the #BackBritishFarming campaign.”

Although each ambassador has their own voice to share, BSc (Hons) Agri-food Marketing with Business alumna Josie Troop is keen to draw together the past work of ambassadors too. She acknowledged: “Over the course of the year I hope to continue the fantastic work the previous ambassadors have started.

“By sharing positive media around British Farming and young people in agriculture, I hope to invoke the same success they had. 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 about each of the ambassadors’ experiences on our blog.

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