December 7 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 20, 2013
The deputy president of the National Farmers’ Union was guest speaker at the annual general meeting of the Suffolk Young Farmers branch on October 2.
Meurig Raymond spoke of his experiences in East Anglia as young farmers gathered for the AGM at Easton and Otley College’s Otley campus near Ipswich. He urged them to use Young Farmers as a platform for networking.
“You are the voice of our industry and this is a great time to be involved in farming,” he told them.
“Supermarkets are buying British and we need bright young minds to grab the opportunities that lie ahead.”
Members were presented with awards, including to the most dedicated club member and the club with the highest increase in membership. County chairman John Dickson was handed an outstanding service award.
Mr Raymond said he was grateful for the support of branch organiser Tory Lugsden’s parents when he was starting his career.
Mrs Lugsden said: “It’s been another great year in our long history. Our numbers continue to rise and it’s an incredibly exciting time to be involved in our industry. I’d like to thank our members for all their hard work and I would also like to thank all those who have backed us and supported us throughout the year.”
Easton and Otley College spokesperson John Nice said: “We are delighted to have a long association with young farmers both in this county and beyond. Part of our mission as a college is to promote agriculture as a career to new generations and we look forward to continuing to work with the Suffolk Young Farmers to ensure that this happens.”