Embrace innovation and stay ahead of your competitors - find out how at FUW seminar

American entrepreneur Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple, once said that “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower”. Recognising the importance of innovation in the agricultural industry, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is hosting a special seminar at the Royal Welsh Show.

The innovation seminar, which is held on Tuesday, July 23, at 2pm at the FUW Pavilion, will focus on how farmers can embrace innovation in many different ways, and stay ahead of their competitors as Brexit looms .

Those attending the seminar can look forward to hearing from  Geraint Hughes, of Madryn Foods, who leads on Business and Innovation in the Farming Connect’s Agri-Academy scheme, whose forum include Welsh farmers looking at technologies such as Genomics, Smart farming, Virtual reality, Social Media and Vertical farming.

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FUW seminar explores what being an authentic leader means

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to an exciting seminar at the Royal Welsh Show, exploring what being authentic really means, how to overcome self-doubt and having the courage to develop a business that reflects who you are.

The seminar, which is being held on Wednesday, July 25 at 2pm at the FUW Pavilion, will be delivered by Helen Howells of Hwylus.

Helen is fascinated by people and places and loves to pick apart at the mechanics of things and understand how they truly work. With a keen interest into the working of the mind, and the working of the land, she’s spent most of her career developing holistic opportunities to improve rural communities.

By founding Hwylus, she brings to the forefront her background in Sustainability, Visitor Experience and Heritage to inspire rural business.  

Speaking ahead of the event, Helen said: “Being authentic in leadership and business is about developing your personal brand, one with real soul. Having the confidence to live your values and feel the intensity of the passion for what you do. So come along to explore how you can instil the values of authentic leadership into your business, feel confident bringing more of yourself to your work, and reap the benefits.”

The seminar is open to all and free to attend.


 


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The Wales Land Management Forum sub group on agricultural pollution

The Wales Land Management Forum (WLMF) established a sub-group in January 2017 in order to focus on tackling agricultural pollution. The membership of the group comprises NFU Cymru, Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW), Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Dwr Cymru Welsh Water (DCWW), the Tenant Farmers Association Cymru (TFA), Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), AHDB Dairy, the Carmarthenshire Fishermen’s Federation (CFF), Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government. 

In April 2018, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs was given a progress report on the work of the WLMF sub-group. 

All those involved have worked collaboratively to help shape the initial recommendations that have been sent to the Cabinet Secretary and are optimistic that they will provide a framework to improve water quality in Welsh rivers in the long-term. 

There is no one silver bullet to solve this problem – the solution is a combination of different changes all of which need to be supported by new ways of thinking. The main areas are:

  • A robust regulatory regime
  • Developing a voluntary, farmer-led approach to nutrient management
  • Ensuring better advice and guidance is provided and can be taken up by farmers
  • Improving the range of investment opportunities
  • Identifying and promoting innovation 

The WLMF sub-group continues to work  at pace to deliver the recommendations in the report.

Download the report: Tackling Agricultural Pollution


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FUW seminar to discuss Brexit and what it holds for the future of agriculture

Brexit and its implications for agriculture will continue to be the hot topic at this year’s Royal Welsh Show. With this in mind, the FUW is hosting its ‘Brexit: What does the future hold for agriculture ?’ seminar, which will start at 2pm on Monday July 23 at the FUW’s pavilion.

The event promises to be a thought-stimulating seminar as keynote speakers FUW Head of Policy Dr Nick Fenwick, Farmers Guardian Chief Reporter Abi Kay and Dr Jo Hunt, Reader in Law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics will be exploring different aspects of Brexit and the future of our industry, including aspects of regionalism and devolution in the context of the European Union.

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FUW keeps spotlight firm on mental health issues in rural communities

 

The Farmers’ Union of Wales made a commitment at the Royal Welsh Show last year to continue raising awareness of mental health problems in rural communities and in line with that commitment is continuing the conversation about the wider issues surrounding mental health in rural areas at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

Hosting a dedicated seminar on Thursday, July 26 at 11am at the FUW pavilion, the Union looks forward to hearing from Alzheimer’s Society Cymru, The Farming Community Network and DPJ Foundation.

Speaking ahead of the event, FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “Mental health - good or bad - has affected us all at some point in our lives. Standing by the commitment we made at the Show last year, I’m pleased to see the excellent lineup of speakers we have with us once again.

“They will be discussing a variety of issues and look at solutions that are available to those who have suffered, are suffering or are supporting someone close to them who is affected by mental health issues, may that be depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s or any other form of poor mental health. I therefore hope that many of you will be able to join us on the day.”

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FUW to explore critical #FarmingMatters at Royal Welsh Show

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to explore and discuss the most important issues facing the farming industry in Wales, such as rural crime, Brexit, mental health, innovation and diversification, as well as mobile communication at the Royal Welsh Show 2018 (Monday 23 - Thursday 26 July) by hosting a series of seminars and discussion groups.

Monday 23 July

Kick starting the show with a rural crime seminar on Monday 23 July at 11am, the FUW is looking forward to a discussion with Alun Davies AM, Cabinet Secretary for Local Government and Public Services; Simon Hart MP, Previous CEO of Countryside Alliance and member of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; Tim Jones of Natural Resources Wales, Executive Director for Operations North and Mid Wales; and Rob Taylor of North Wales Police and Team Manager of the Rural Crime Prevention Team on matters of wildlife crime and rural affairs in Wales.

The Forum will also present an opportunity to discuss modern slavery in rural communities, which is to be led by an input from Gwent Police.

The afternoon will see conversations turn to the topic that is going to change the face of agriculture forever, as the FUW holds its ‘Brexit: What does the future hold for agriculture ?’ seminar, which will start at 2pm.

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