NORTHUMBERLAND’S young farmers have been encouraged to meet with the government to discuss the future of farming post-Brexit.

The consultation event is one of nine taking place across the country between October and January in a scheme organised by the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

The aim of the talk is to offer young people an opportunity to hear how the upcoming industry changes could directly impact them, including information on the new Environmental Land Management scheme, which will replace the current Basic Payment Scheme, and pay farmers for environmental services and benefits.

The event is also designed to give the next generation of farmers a chance to share their views and concerns directly with Defra representatives, which could help to influence the governments future decision making.

In a bid to make sure as many voices are heard as possible, the events are free and open to all young farmers, not just those involved in a Young Farmers’ Club.

NFYFC’s Agriculture and Rural Issues (AGRI) Steering Group chairman David Goodwin said: “Now more than ever is the time to get together to share views and help shape a future that we would like to farm in.

“We have ensured that these events are as accessible as possible for both our membership and for guests who have a shared interest in ensuring the Defra policy-makers hear first-hand what are feasible regional ideas for future policy.

“I would urge all young people with an interest in the future of this industry to take part in the event and have their say.”

Northumberland’s event will take place at Lough House Farm in Stannington, Morpeth on January 23 at 7pm.