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.


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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