Cornish Mutual Member, Heydon Dark, took the opportunity to start his own dairy herd when a 100-acre farm came up for sale within 3-4 miles of his family farm in Cornwall.Read More
Next Generation Group
The next generation of farmers is one critical component in the future of farming. Many younger farmers are choosing to leave the industry, but those staying in it and new entrants coming to farming as a second career need support and encouragement.
What is the Next Generation group?
The Next Generation group is for Members’ families and their young farm workers, or Members new to the farming industry. It aims to improve their industry skills and knowledge and inspire them to stay in farming and, as part of our Future Farming programme, it provides personal development for those in the next stage of their farming career. Aimed at 25 to 45-year-olds, the Next Generation group offers an opportunity to hone business skills, broaden minds, expand knowledge and build connections.
How does it work?
Next Generation group members are invited to an exclusive programme of events (around four per year) tailored specifically to the needs of younger farmers. Hosted by Cornish Mutual, it involves expert speakers and, when possible, field trips and study days. Farmers learn from other farmers and this approach underpins all group activities.
How can I take part?
Participant recruitment continues throughout the year. If you, or a member of your family or farm team is interested in joining the group, please contact your local Cornish Mutual Field Insurance Advisor or email here.
Where can I see previous events?
Our previous events have included a visit to Oak Park Dairy, where Matt and Emily Mitchem have focused on environmental sustainability as they've developed the farm. We have also had presentations on succession planning from Professor Matt Lobley, and personal development from Nuffield Farming Scholar Ian Tremain.
Some presentations for in-person or online events are recorded - Next Generation Group members can access these videos by logging into the Cornish Mutual Member Area.