Poots hails the role of young farmers in the rural community

The Ulster Young Farmers Clubs Annual Agribusiness Conference 2022 was officially opened recently by Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots at the Galgorm Resort and Spa in Ballymena.

The conference offered YFCU members and rural youth across Northern Ireland the opportunity to come together to share and learn from industry experts and pioneers, discussing key topics such as carbon auditing , genomic testing, food marketing and soil health.

Mr. Poots said, “I am delighted to be able to speak at the 2022 YFCU Annual Agribusiness Conference. I want to begin by acknowledging the commitment and contribution YFCU makes to our rural community and to the personal development and employability of thousands of young people.

“I am proud that my department has supported YFCU since 1934. Young farmers are the next generation and what you learn and adopt lays the foundation for future careers within the agribusiness and industry performance in his outfit.

“Agriculture is the heart of our rural community, and over the coming decades the agri-food industry will face many important developments – from the impacts of climate change, to changing international markets and trade relationships, to by consumer demand and technological advances.

“It will bring a number of challenges, but it also presents significant opportunities for Northern Ireland.

“I encourage you all to seize these opportunities and help shape the future years of agricultural policy by responding to the consultation on future agricultural policy proposals for Northern Ireland, which can be accessed on the DAERA website.”

Carbon benchmarking is a relatively new technology on farms in Northern Ireland and it is a complex process, but it is something we will all need to embrace.

The Minister added: “An important building block in this regard will be the new Soil Nutrient Health Program, which is an important first step towards behavioral change with respect to nutrient practices and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sequester carbon.

“Alongside this, a LiDAR survey of Northern Ireland will also be undertaken, which will provide runoff maps at ground level and quantify the amount of carbon stored in soils and in aboveground biomass hedges and trees. “

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