YFCU Agri-Conference set to shape NI’s ‘Agri- Culture’ for years to come

19 December 2018

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster will host its third Agri-conference on Saturday January 26th, 2019 at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Belfast.

YFCU Agri-Conference set to shape NI’s ‘Agri- Culture’ for years to come

The Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU) will host its third Agri-conference on Saturday January 26th, 2019 at the La Mon Hotel & Country Club, Belfast.

Titled ‘Shaping Our Agri-Culture’, the Agri-Conference gives delegates the opportunity to attend workshops, presentations and farm visits to learn and ask questions about the future of agriculture during these uncertain times. Sponsored by Massey Ferguson and The Ulster Farmers’ Union, the Agri-Conference will close with a formal dinner featuring guest speaker Alan Jaego, Vice Chair of Agri Aware and Past President of Macra Na Feirme and CEJA.

James Purcell, chair of the YFCU agriculture and rural affairs committee said:

“The Agri-Culture Conference takes place at a time of tremendous change for agriculture in Northern Ireland. With change comes opportunity and this driver which will form the backdrop to the event. We want to enthuse and excite delegates about the tremendous prospects that exist as they plan the future of their own farming and related businesses.

Our conference will provide speakers with the opportunity to address the key drivers for farming moving forwards: market prospects, the future support needs of the industry and the absolute necessity to improve technical efficiency levels at farm level. As a result, it will resonate with farmers and stakeholder representatives of all ages.

I have no doubt that this educational and enlightening day will give everyone attending a great deal of inspiration to begin this new year and new era of agriculture with vigour.”

The Agri-Conference will begin with visits to the following three case study farms; John and Billy Martin’s Sheep production agri-business; Roger McCracken’s dairy farm and Neil Patterson’s Seaforde arable and poultry business. Each farm featured was specially selected due to their knowledge and success in different areas of farming.

A Massey Ferguson spokesperson said:

“It is a great pleasure to once again support the YFCU Agri- Culture Conference.  Massey Ferguson is firmly focused on the new generation of farmers, and inspiring young people about the business of agriculture. Success in farming means always striving to be better. It is essential to optimise opportunities and have a clear strategy to realise your ambitions.  Farming will always be a challenging profession but the long-term prospects for agriculture are strong.  This weekend’s programme is about listening, learning and sharing - to make the most of your future.”

Ulster Farmers’ Union president Ivor Ferguson said:

The UFU is delighted to have the opportunity to sponsor the YFCU’s ‘Shaping Our Agri-Culture conference’. This is yet another example, following on from the joint ‘Land Mobility’ initiative, of the two organisations working together on the major objective of delivering genuine and meaningful betterment for the farming industry in Northern Ireland.”

The conference fee which includes lunch and dinner:

For further information contact conference organiser Corrina Fleming on (028) 9037 0713: e mail: corrina.fleming@yfcu.org.

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