THE Farmers’ Union of Wales is looking forward to a busy week of promoting farming matters at the Royal Welsh agricultural show.

Between July 24 and 27, the union has lined up a series of seminars and discussion groups, focusing on key issues the industry is facing.

“The Royal Welsh Show not only provides an opportunity to socialise, let off steam and see Welsh farming and Welsh livestock and produce at their best; it also allows farmers to seek advice from the plethora of bodies represented there,” said FUW president Glyn Roberts.

“The FUW is adopting a very practical and informative approach at this year’s show, focusing on issues such as rural crime, the role of women in agriculture, young farmers and succession, digital connectivity, social care and mental health in rural communities.”

As all eyes turn to the showground in Llanelwedd, the union is starting the week with a practical approach seminar on preventing rural crime on Monday, July 24 (1pm) at the FUW pavilion.

“Every year rural crime costs millions of pounds and causes untold anxiety to farmers and rural businesses.

“The seminar aims to shine a light on the issues, to improve understanding and enhance community safety and we hope many of you can join us on the day,” said FUW marketing and membership manager Teleri Fielden.

Keynote speakers include Dyfed-Powys Police rural crime lead PC Matthew Howells, North Wales Police rural crime team manager Rob Taylor, Barclays agriculture relationship director Kathryn Whitrow - who will speak about cyber security - and Plant-I managing director Jason McAuley, to outline some practical solutions to rural crime.

The seminar will be chaired by Olivia Midgley, head of news and business with the Farmers Guardian.

The Tuesday evening (July 25) of the show will firmly put the spotlight on young people in the industry, with the FUW hosting a networking event for young farmers (under the age of 40) between 4 and 6pm.

FUW policy officer Charlotte Priddy, who is organising the networking event, said: “This is a great opportunity for our young people to come together, enjoy some great Welsh food and chat with industry bodies and other farmers in an informal setting.

“I hope to see many of you there on the night and look forward to some great farming matters chats.”

On Wednesday, July 26 (4-5pm), the FUW is hosting a discussion group with the focus on the changing role of women in agriculture.

Keynote speakers include Baroness Eluned Morgan, Brecon deer farmer Kath Shaw, Meirionnydd farmer and HCC board member Rachael Davies and a secret guest speaker, who will be revealed on the day.

On the Thursday of the show - July 27 - the Union will explore what help is available in rural communities for those suffering with mental health.

The FUW will welcome Gareth Davies, from Tir Dewi, and the Farming Community Network’s regional director for Wales David Williams to its pavilion.

The seminar, title ‘It’s Ok to say’ - putting the spotlight on mental health in the farming community - will start at 11am and it is open to all.