Cornish Mutual launches ‘Future Farming’, a programme to support its Members across the South West
The industry-leading programme helps farmers identify and positively address the risks faced from the changes taking place in agriculture. It helps empower Members to build a vibrant future for their businesses and includes specific initiatives to support younger farmers.
The Future Farming programme launched this week has six core themes reflecting the changes farmers are facing including the environment, adoption of technology and succession. It will encourage farmers to explore commercial solutions, through a programme featuring industry specialists, online guides and learning from the experiences of other South West farmers through virtual and, when allowed, face-to-face farm visits. The Future Farming programme is set to equip Cornish Mutual Members for the transformative time ahead.
The programme also includes the development of a Next Generation group and the launch of bursaries for young people starting out in the industry. The Next Generation group, aimed at 25 to 45-year-olds, will provide an opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge and business skills through an exclusive programme of events hosted by Cornish Mutual. Bursaries are also being made available to support students from the South West embarking on Level 1, 2 or 3 agriculture courses to encourage and support them as they start their careers in the industry.
Commenting on the announcement of the programme, Peter Beaumont, Managing Director, said:
“Farmers are seeing the biggest changes in agriculture for more than 50 years and the industry is having to adapt to flourish. Business model risks including international trade arrangements, evolving consumer attitudes and government policy are all set to impact farmers.
“As part of our purpose to protect the farming community, Cornish Mutual is committed to increasing Member resilience through insurance and now with our Future Farming programme. By raising awareness and sharing experiences among our community, the programme seeks to empower Members with the knowledge and ideas to build a vibrant future for their business.”