A positive approach to change

This article by Jude McCann, FCN’s CEO, has been adapted from FCN’s Annual Report (April 2021 – March 2022).

I am delighted by the extraordinary support for The Farming Community Network we have seen this year.

In a period of rapid change for our industry, people within our farming community are having to think about the future, make difficult decisions and find ways of ensuring their businesses are sustainable in the months and years to come. There is arguably a greater need for charities like FCN than ever before, providing support and a vital listening ear, and we must all do our part to support our nation’s farmers through this challenging time.

Our work within FCN is proactive and we adopt a positive approach to change. We understand that farming can be tough and has unique occupational challenges – but at its heart, there is no industry more essential, and farming is often an incredibly rewarding way of life. We all rely on farmers three times a day; we shouldn’t overlook the integral role farmers play in producing our food, looking after livestock and cultivating and tending to our beautiful countryside.

On a clear-skied day, when we have recently seen the incredible contrast of blue and yellow from the oilseed rape blanketing our many fields in rural areas across the country, we cannot help but be reminded of our friends in Ukraine, who provide such a vital supply of food and resources to many parts of the world. We continue to hope and pray for those impacted by this terrible war.

As we look to the future, we recognise that farmers across the globe are indispensable; and must be empowered and supported to live and farm well. I would like to give my sincere thanks to all our dedicated volunteers, staff and board members for their time, effort and vital support for our
charity. I would also like to thank our generous donors and funders; without your support, FCN
simply would not be here today. We are grateful for everything you do in support of our world-class farmers and our most essential industry. Take care and stay safe.

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