NFU CYMRU is looking for proactive, enthusiastic young farmers to be part of a new intake for the next generation group.

Farmers aged 40 and under, from all sectors and from all counties of Wales, are invited to apply to join the group and to represent the future of the industry.

In addition to working with NFU Cymru policy advisers and officeholders, on key policy issues such as future food and farming policy, members of the group will also get the opportunity to meet with key figures within government and the agri-food supply chain.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the current group has been in place since 2018 so this will be the third intake, which usually has a two-year term.

It provides an opportunity for young farmers to engage with top decision makers, as well as the opportunity to meet similar groups across the rest of the UK.

Member of the current NFU Cymru next generation group Sian Davies said: “I wanted to get involved with the group as I felt that the younger generation need to be part of the conversation at all levels of the industry, and therefore the union.

"This group not only enables this but can lead to integration into other policy groups and boards and will help develop and filter informed younger generation farmers into the wider union work and wider industry posts."

NFU Cymru president John Davies said: “NFU Cymru is committed to working with the younger members of the industry.

"The next generation group has been a great working group for ideas on the future of the industry and has real traction with policy makers.

"Future farm policy is a key issue at the moment and will significantly impact the next generation within the industry.

"Being part of NFU Cymru’s next generation group is a great opportunity to get your voice heard.

"We at NFU Cymru are keen to get younger members involved in the union, so if you are interested, please complete an application.”

The group meets around four times a year to discuss key issues affecting young farmers.

Speakers attend the meetings and discussions are held.

Also, Covid-19 permitting, there are plans to visit both Cardiff Bay and Westminster to meet policy makers and to get to the heart of decision making for the Welsh agricultural industry.

It is also a great opportunity to learn more about the industry and the role of the union.

The future of agriculture is dependent on good young farmers, driving forward innovation and improving competitiveness in each sector.

Anyone interested in applying, or who knows someone that is, should complete the application form on the NFU Cymru website.

The deadline for applications is February 27.