The NFU is calling on its younger farmer and grower members to help shape the future of the organisation by joining its Next Generation Policy Forum.
The forum will provide a platform for discussion on issues likely to affect future generations of farmers and growers at a crucial time for the industry.
16 applicants will be selected to sit on the panel for two years, meeting quarterly with the NFU policy teams in Stoneleigh, London and Brussels.
Food security, the CAP and bovine TB are just some of the issues that have hit the headlines in recent months.
With the future of the farming and horticulture industry in the spotlight, long term decisions taken now will impact on the next generation of farmers and growers, making their input into decisions crucial.
NFU head of policy services Andrew Clark said: “With so many issues facing farming and horticulture that require long term strategies, this forum is the perfect way to engage with our younger members who will lead the NFU in the decades to come.
“The future of farming and horticulture is an issue of national importance.
“Ensuring that the NFU hears the concerns of its younger members now will mean that we will be better prepared for the future in a deeply unstable world.
“We urge any younger farmers and growers who have an interest in helping shape NFU policy to apply, and look forward to working with them to ensure our future is in good hands.”