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Yorkshire Agricultural Society Unveils Innovative Training Programme to Elevate Farming Careers

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has recently introduced a novel agricultural training programme, designed to foster the growth of the next generation of farmers.

Allister Nixon, chief executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society

The initiative, named the Goodall Agri-Development Pathway, is aimed at ambitious individuals under the age of 35, offering them a chance to enhance their farming careers. The programme was established thanks to a bequest specifically intended to aid young people in the agricultural sector.

This unique annual programme offers 12 fully funded places, courtesy of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, a charitable organisation dedicated to farming. Participants will engage in eight comprehensive training modules that span various facets of agricultural business. These modules are designed to equip them with the necessary skills, confidence, and experience to assume greater responsibilities in their career progression.

The training encompasses a blend of in-person and online learning, farm visits, and conferences, enriched by insights from expert speakers. Each module, varying in duration from one to four days, covers topics such as team collaboration, relationship management, sustainable business development, marketing in agriculture, leadership, basic human resources, stakeholder engagement, farm administration, and strategies for diversification, innovation, and change. Some modules may require overnight stays.

The programme is particularly beneficial for young individuals who have completed their formal education and are seeking expert guidance to navigate the complexities of working in or managing an agricultural business.

Lynsey Pack, Head of Charitable Activities at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, emphasises that the programme is ideal for those who haven't pursued agriculture at an advanced academic level or those looking to refresh certain aspects of their education from land-based colleges or universities. It's an opportunity for participants to acquire new skills, gain experience, and build the confidence and knowledge needed to take on more significant roles within their business.

The Goodall Agri-Development Pathway, designed in consultation with younger farmers, has set the application deadline for 8th January 2024. Allister Nixon, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, expressed gratitude for the legacy left by the late Mary Goodall, which made this programme possible. The initiative aims to empower young people in the agricultural industry with the confidence and skills required for their professional development.

Applicants will undergo an interview process with a selection panel, and successful candidates, referred to as 'Pathfinders', will be notified in February 2024.

The first module is scheduled for March 2024, with subsequent modules spread over the following seven months, culminating in an awards ceremony at the Great Yorkshire Show in 2025. While the programme is fully funded, a refundable deposit of £250 is required to secure a place upon successful application.

Applicants must reside or work in the North of England and be involved in farming or related industries.

For those interested in applying, the application form is available on the Yorkshire Agricultural Society's website,, and should be submitted before the closing date of 8th January 2024. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Charitable Activities team at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society via email at


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