Industry launches virtual net zero challenge for young farmers

In a new virtual challenge to encourage positive climate change action, the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) has asked young farmers to share their solutions for achieving net zero emissions by 2040.

Supported by Defra and working with industry partners, including the NFU and Championing the Farmed Environment (CFE), the competition aims to help YFC members and next generation farmers ‘take charge’ of their future by becoming climate change advocates for UK agriculture.

The challenge will involve sharing ideas or practical examples on topics such as on-farm applications for carbon capture and storing and renewable energy, in an effort to aid the NFU’s net zero ambition.

NFYFC’s YFC agriculture chairman George Baxter said: “By taking part in the video challenge, YFC members and next generation farmers can play an active part in helping to achieve the net zero ambition, share ideas and most importantly, have their voices heard in high places.

“As we emerge from the current Covid-19 restrictions, you could be representing the voice of UK young farmers at home and internationally."

The Government has set a target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 but the NFU’s ambitious goal for agriculture, in particular, is set for 2040.

Championing the competition’s launch, NFU deputy president Stuart Roberts highlighted the impact of climate change was ‘one of the greatest challenges’, which provided an opportunity for British agriculture to showcase real leadership when it came to sustainable farming.

“I encourage all our young members to get involved and be ambitious, and take a leading role in the future of climate-friendly farming,” he added.


For more information on entry requirements and how to apply, click here.

Source: Farmers Guardian