Two Young Farmers have won the opportunity to develop their future in agriculture, thanks to a joint initiative between NFYFC and Massey Ferguson.
Max Rees from Maendy YFC in Glamorgan (pictured right) and Poppy Burrough of Marshwood Vale YFC in Dorset (pictured left) were selected from multiple entries to become ambassadors for Massey Ferguson's 'Home Grown Talent' initiative.
As ambassadors, Max and Poppy will have a tailored programme created for them by Massey Ferguson. This programme will support them to learn more about the industry and hopefully give them an idea about what they would like to do in the future.
Included in this tailor made programme will be a trip to Massey Ferguson’s factory in Beauvais, France, work experience and activities with Massey Ferguson, an expenses paid trip to an agriculture / trade show and the opportunity to spend time with a Massey Ferguson mentor.
Max and Poppy, both aged 14, have expressed their gratitude at being chosen for this initiative.
Max said: "I really feel that this opportunity could change my life. I don't come from a generation of family farmers where farms are handed down in succession. I will not inherit a farming business and so it is up to me to make sure I have a place within the agricultural industry. Becoming a Massey Ferguson ambassador will give me that direction, experience and knowledge that is so difficult to obtain at my age. I will ensure that I make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity."
Poppy said: "I feel that agriculture is still widely viewed as a male profession. Being female make me more determined to encourage other girls who do not think that agriculture is a female job sector, to get involved, and that they are able to do it if they want to. Encouraging other girls to get involved in agriculture would mean a lot to me as I would play my part in developing the industry to include everyone."
Lindsay Haddon, advertising and sales promotion manager of Massey Ferguson, said: “The Home Grown Talent initiative was launched as part of Massey Ferguson’s dedication to help support the next generation of farmers with their careers in agriculture. We were extremely impressed by the applications we received from Max and Poppy and the mature and passionate answers they gave about why they wanted to be involved with this initiative. We hope that this gives them the leg up that they need in their future careers and I wish them both the very best of luck in their roles as Massey Ferguson ambassadors.”
Plans are already in place to hold the 'Home Grown Talent' initiative in 2016. Continue to visit the NFYFC webpage for further information.