Fane Valley Co-operative Society will partner with the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in delivering the 2024 Nuffield Farming Conference.

Belfast will host the event over three days between Tuesday, November 19 and Thursday, November 21.

The event, which will include presentations from around 30 Nuffield scholars, looks set to attract more than 400 delegates from across the UK and Ireland.

Adding to the significance of the conference coming to Belfast, is the fact that Northern Ireland has been used to pilot Nuffield’s Next-Gen Scholarship programme.

This is an exciting initiative that will provide two young people from NI, aged between 18 and 24, with a unique opportunity to study the UK’s dairy industry.

Nuffield Farming Scholarships

Speaking at the launch of the sponsorship agreement, Fane Valley group chief executive, Trevor Lockhart MBE, said:

“Fane Valley is delighted to partner with the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in support of the organisation’s annual national Nuffield Farming Conference, which is to be held in Belfast later this year. 

“As an agricultural cooperative, we embrace collaboration, innovation, and the advancement of agriculture.

“We believe the life-changing and life-shaping scholarships available through Nuffield are making a very positive contribution to the development of the next generation in our sector.

“For over 70 years, Nuffield has been committed to the education and upskilling of scholars, enabling them to study farming systems, techniques and new technologies across the world and bring this knowledge back home, to their respective roles.”

Fane Valley has said that it applauds passionate individuals seeking to develop, both personally and professionally, through their scholarships.

“Fane Valley is privileged to promote and support the work of Nuffield and their efforts in advancing agriculture,” Lockhart added.

Wyn Owen, chair of the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust, has welcomed Fane Valley’s substantial commitment to the Belfast conference.

“Belfast is a fitting location for the 2024 Nuffield Farming Conference, and we’re delighted to be coming back to such an important region to UK agriculture.

“We are proud to partner with Fane Valley, an iconic name in Northern Ireland, and will deliver a conference to remember with their support,” he said.