NFU Cymru, the NFU and Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE) have partnered with The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) on a competition to encourage positive climate change action by young farmers.
The four UK farming unions are running the challenge in unison with the aim of finding four net zero champions. The competition, which closes on 13th December, will see those with the best ideas to achieve net zero in agriculture by 2040 have their work highlighted at COP26, the UN’s Climate Change Conference, when it takes place in Glasgow in November 2021.
The NFU Cymru winner will have the opportunity to present their ideas to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths MS through a virtual meeting. There will also be the chance to see environmentally friendly farming practices in action through a visit to an NFU Cymru member’s farm.
NFU Cymru President John Davies said: “We are at a moment in time when both the world and our nation are facing a great many challenges. The impacts of climate change are arguably one of the greatest challenges, but it also presents an opportunity for Welsh agriculture to showcase real leadership when it comes to sustainable farming.
“Our young farmers are going to be crucial in helping to steer the industry and the country towards a net zero future. More than ever we need new ideas, and we need to create an environment for everyone’s voice to be heard. I encourage all our young members to get involved, be ambitious and take a leading role in the future of climate-friendly farming.”
Wales YFC Rural Affairs Chair Clare James commented: “By 2040 NFU has set the target for British agriculture to be net zero in greenhouse gas emissions. This competition, in conjunction with NFU Cymru, is young farmers’ opportunity to be part of the solution. I encourage all young farmers to pave the way and show that British and Welsh young farmers are at the forefront of achieving net zero agriculture.”