UFU and YFCU confirm high-profile judging panel for Climate Change Competition

Tuesday, 29 September, 2020

The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) and the Young Farmers’ Clubs of Ulster (YFCU), are delighted to reveal the judging panel for the Climate Change Competition. Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Minister Edwin Poots and chief executive of NI Environment Link, Craig McGuicken, have been selected to choose the winners alongside UFU president Victor Chestnutt and YFCU president Zita McNaugher.

UFU president Victor Chestnutt said, “We are pleased that DAERA Minister Edwin Poots and NI Environment Link chief executive, Craig McGuicken, have given up their time to get involved in the judging process of the competition. Both have a wealth of knowledge in agriculture and on environment issues, while also bringing diverse expertise to the table.

“The DAERA Minister is one of the crucial leaders in our Northern Ireland agri industry at this time. He is well aware of how important our young farmers are to the future of our farming industry and of the challenges that lay ahead for our members in relation to climate change. Meanwhile Mr McGuicken is an environmental expert with years of experience behind him and will be able to provide an in-depth analysis of the ideas being put forward by our farmers to tackle climate change on their farms.”

YFCU president Zita McNaugher said, “We are thrilled to have both the DAERA Minister, Edwin Poots and NI Environmental Link chief executive, Craig McGuicken, on the panel. Their feedback on young farmers' ideas and solutions to climate change will be priceless.”

More information on the competition and an application form (containing parental consent for under 18’s) can be found here, https://www.ufuni.org/news/ufu-and-yfcu-climate-competition. Entrants must be a member of UFU or YFCU, and a completed application form must be submitted along with their video using WeTransfer (https://wetransfer.com/) to competitions@ufuhq.com. There is a £500 prize pot available and the winner of both categories will feature in an edition of the Irish Farmers Journal supplement magazine, Irish Country Living. The deadline for entries is Friday 16 October 2020.