Connecting farming groups

It is important to stay connected within the farming community through personal relationships within the family as well as through rural networks.

A guide to rural community resilience, click here to view.

National Farmers’ Union

  • Being a member of the NFU connects you with 55,000 farming and growing businesses: click here.

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs 

Young Farmers’ Clubs can help young people integrate into the farming community

  • There are currently around 23,000 Young Farmers’ Club members.
  • Anyone between the ages of 10-28 can join.
  • You don’t need to be involved in agriculture to join a Young Farmers’ Club.
  • Membership gives young people an opportunity to develop skills, work with their local communities, travel abroad, take part in a varied competitions programme and enjoy a dynamic social life.
  • There are 581 Young Farmers’ Clubs in England and Wales dedicated to supporting young people in agriculture and the countryside.
  • To find out more, and submit an application to join a club, click here

UK agricultural co‑operatives

Farming cooperatives

A cooperative is a business controlled and owned by members who share the profits equally, all working towards a common goal. There are over 400 farming Cooperatives in the UK with around half of UK farmers being involved in these businesses.

Cooperatives UK have created a downloadable resource on agricultural cooperatives listing the 25 largest farming cooperatives in the UK:

The Farming Life Centre

  • The Farming Life Centre are a group in the Peak District supporting farmers and those in the rural community, their aim is to develop resilience within the farming community before a point of crisis is reached: Rural social groups – The Farming Life Centre.

Derbyshire farmer social groups

Innovative Farmers

  • Find a group of innovative farmers near you and join their network: Find a group.


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