Tesco Future Farmer Foundation opens for new intakes

Tesco has announced that its Future Farmer Foundation has opened again for young farmers looking to make a mark on the industry.

First launched in 2014, Tesco said the Future Farmer Foundation aims to help young people make a confident start in the world of agriculture – whether they are looking to take over the family farm, embark on a new farming venture, or have an ambition to enter the industry for the first time. According to the supermarket, around 100 young people have already benefited from the programme, which aims to “develop the business and personal skills of the participants and teach them about the importance of an effective supply chain for a modern sustainable farm business”.

Training is delivered by experts in their respective fields from across agriculture and is supported by leading food and farming businesses including ABP, Adams Foods, Anglia Free Range Eggs, Arla, Bayer Crop Science, Branston, Cranswick Country Foods, Muller-Wiseman, Noble Foods, St Merryn Foods and Thanet Earth.

Lisa Buckley-Hoyle, Tesco category director for sourcing and agriculture, says: “Our Future Farmer Foundation is about encouraging people to make their own start in the world of agriculture. We have been delighted with huge drive and enthusiasm we have seen so far with the intake in previous years and we are confident that this year will be even better.

“At Tesco, we recognise the many challenges young people face in this industry. As British Agriculture’s biggest customer, it is important to us that we help create opportunities for the next generation of farmers,” she adds.

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