Thank you for your interest in the Future Farmer Foundation.


The Foundation has been established to help bright, talented, determined young people make their own start in the world of agriculture, whether that’s taking over the family farm, embarking on a new business venture, or entering the industry for the first time.


A place on the programme will give you leadership training, business planning advice, mentoring, and supply chain experience. You also have the opportunity to look beyond our shores at farming in other countries.


Our first intake of Future Farmers are now well underway on the programme, and their 12 month journey of training, building their network and supply chain experience.  To find out more about some of them, click here.


We have just completed recruitment of our second group of Future Farmers, who will join in October 2014.  We expect the next round of applications to begin in the New Year.  The application process is really straightforward, you just need to answer a few simple questions about yourself and tell us why you would like to take part.

Best of luck,
The Tesco Agriculture Team

Why you should join the programme


  1. It's free and we cover your travel expenses to the events and training sessions
  2. You will learn how to develop a robust, well researched & validated business plan for your farming future
  3. You will develop a thorough understanding of the supply chain of your chosen sector by visiting some of the leading food and farming businesses in the UK
  4. You will learn new skills for future use such as presenting, negotiating, planning, leading from top quality trainers
  5. You will develop a strong relationships with a professional mentor. Mentors are senior business professionals from the food and farming industry who have a wealth of experiences and wisdom to help guide you
  6. You will get to know and like a group of like minded young farmers all of whom will be facing some of the same challenges as you. They will want to help you, have fun with you and share there own experiences.


Supply chain event at ABP Yetminster.  Live to Dead training was provided by EBLEX as part of a day tailored to the Future Farmers, understanding the lamb value chain.


Business Planning Workshops.  Intake 2 got to grips with farm accounts, balance sheets and cashflow to understand what makes a successful business.  


Supply chain event: St Merryn Foods.  An hands-on, practical day began in lairage grading live lambs and then follwed them through to the carcass.  Training was provided in how to select finished lambs to achieve carcass specifications, maximising returns.  The full lamb supply chain was then explored in a really valuable day at the Merthyr Tydfil site.  


Training courses organised for Future Farmers at Harper Adams.  Training in farm financial business analysis was provided at Harper Adams for those who wanted to sharpen their financial skills.


Business Planning Workshop 3: Change management.  Can you and your team deliver?  How can plans be put into practice, bringing the team along with you?  Fundamental leadership principles for any successful business.  


Supply chain event at Anglia Farmers.  Learning the art of buying, selling and planning to maximise your margin - an element of team work and competition was added to a great day at AF in Norfolk.  


Intensive training workshop: Getting started and strategic planning.  Intake 2 had the first of their two-day workshops, focussing on discovering key areas for development for each of the group.  A fantastic opportunity fir a Q&A with Richard Marris, Tesco's Commerical Director for Fresh Foods.  


Supply chain event: Bayer Crop Science.  The role of crop protection in sustainable food production, what it takes to research and develop new chemicals, managing biodiversity - big questions posed during an insightful and informative day


Business Planning Workshop 1: Market and customer research.   The first of four business planning workshops for Intake 2.  Examining the importance of knowing your market, your customer and how to find out key information to plan your business.


Intensive training workshop: Supply Chain & the Customer.  The second of three two-day intensive workshops for Intake 1.  Expert training in media and communications skills, a masterclass on collaborative supply chains from ABP and Blade Farming, and consumer insight from dunnhumby were just some of the highlights.  


Supply chain event at Thanet Earth.  A rare opportunity to visit the largest and most high-tech glasshouse production site in the UK, exploring marketing, investment planning, sustainability and more.  Mind blowing!


Welcome to the second intake of Future Farmers!  We held an induction day for Intake 2, hosted by AGCO at Stoneleigh on October 8th.  The second group of future farmers is just as positive, progressive and inspiring as the first.  We look forward to working with them over the next 12 months!


Supply chain event at Cranswick Country Foods.  Genuinely from farm to fork, this day began at an outdoor breeding unit producing pigs for Tesco's finest pork range.  We followed the supply chain right through from slaughter to packing, marketing and the changing consumer use of pork. 


Supply chain event at Noble Foods.  An cracking day discovering the egg supply chain, egg marketing and production.  This included a visit to a colony production site and state of the art packing centre.  Discussion around production methods, market perceptions and the value of brands was truly insightful.  Eggcellent all round!


Supply chain event at Muller-Wiseman.  A fascinating day was spent at the Muller-Wiseman liquid milk plant at Manchester, exploring the liquid milk market and supply chain.  Topped off by a visit to a TSDG farm, hosted by one or our very own Future Farmers and his family.  


Business Planning Workshop.  The Future Farmers explored farm accounts and financial planning at workshops on the 2nd & 3rd September.  This was the second in the series of 4 workshops designed to support the creation of a robust plan to develop or launch a farming business.


Applications have now closed.  We will have a new application window opening over the next few months, so do check back, or provide you details HERE, and we will keep you up to date!


Future Farmers visit Toyota

A group of Future Farmers had the opportunity to visit Toyota's Engine Plant at Deeside to learn how the principles of Lean Manufacturing, developed by Toyota, can be applied to farming.  Lean enables Toyota Deeside to produce an engine every 54 seconds by optimising processes and eliminating waste of resources


Application window is now open

The application window for the September intake of future farmers is now open. To participate check out the website for information about the current intake and what the programme entails.


Supply Chain Event at Adams Foods, Leek - 27th June

This was a fantastic day at Europe's largest cheese packing site, where the group was introduced to the principles of Category Management, tried their hand at cheese grading and discussed innovation and NPD


Business Planning Workshop 1: June 11th & 12th

The first of four Business Planning Workshops, focussing on market and customer research.  The series of business planning sessions will culminate in the Future Farmers being able to produce a solid business plan to help launch or develop their venture.


First 2 day training event was held for the Future 15 on May 15th-16th

Topics included Succession Planning, Entrepreneurship in Farming, Decision Making, and taking time to think in a structured way about your future, and how to take steps towards achieving your goals.


First Selection Event Completed

Please bookmark this site – we will be providing updates on the selection process in due course. A new round of applications will be invited from June 2014 for selection in September

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