Ulster Bank are hosting a series of Young Farmer Seminars in November. The seminars are entitled ‘Embracing Change’ and are a practical way to support young farmers through the early stages of their farming career onto sustained growth and increased expansion. These are being coordinated by the agri team, the SME regional teams and propositions team to continue the drive of our live agri customer proposition through the final quarter in 2015.
The first event in the series was held on Monday November 16th in The Corrin Event Centre, Fermoy. This seminar was facilitated by Katherine O’Leary from the Irish Farmers Journal and comprised of panel discussions with agri industry experts and focus group sessions to discuss the key opportunities and challenges faced by young farmers. The customer experiences and inputs shared at the seminars will inform our Young Farmer Report 2015, authored by Pat Bogue, which will detail market and sectoral insights, in depth farmer experiences and strategies to manage change, irrespective of farm enterprise.
The Fermoy event was well attended by farmers, accountants, advisors, auctioneers, third level students and industry representatives including Teagasc, IFA and Dairygold. It delivered good engagement and customer insights from the young farmer sector.
Speaking about the value and importance of these seminars, Pat Horgan of Ulster Bank, said:
“At Ulster Bank, we are passionate about helping farmers make Agri Business a success. Year on year we are seeing progression and growth on farms and we believe it is vital to harness that ambition and help young farmers achieve their farm business goals. Our commitment to agriculture shows that whether someone is looking to grow an established business or just starting out, Ulster Bank has the practical solutions to help. Ulster Bank has a long history of working with the agricultural sector in Ireland. The Bank combines a wide range of products and services tailored for farmers and Agri-businesses with accredited dedicated Agri-experts to offer market-leading Agri-finance to Ireland’s farmers.
The challenges facing young farmers are vast, including price volatility and the requirement for additional investment in farm infrastructure to facilitate expansion and technical efficiency. To manage volatility, a greater understanding of technical efficiency, people management and business skills will be required to successfully develop farming operations in this increasingly uncertain environment. With these seminars, we hope we have helped young farmers across Ireland to embrace these changes and show how Ulster Bank can help support growth of the agri- business.”
2015 Agri Event Program includes:
- November 19th: Young Farmer Seminar, Sligo Park Hotel (invite only)
- November 24th: Young Farmer Seminar, City North Hotel (invite only)
- November 26th: Women in Agriculture, Mullingar (invite only)
- December 17th: Agri Accreditation graduation, Dublin (invite only)
To read more about our full agri proposition for RI and what we offer the farming sector, click here.