President's Introduction

President's Introduction

Janet Godfrey, President of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society for 2018

It has been a surprise, a pleasure and a great honour to be appointed as the President of the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society for 2018. I have been attending the Show for over forty years and for the largest part of these years I have been involved with the educational work of the show and in particular the Schools Challenge.

I am looking forward to getting involved in the many facets of the Society and helping it to further its educational remit which is even more important today than when the Society was first formed. Where once everyone lived near to a farm or was only one step away from a farmer, in modern times people have become more remote from the land and often have a poor understanding of how their food is produced, where it comes from or of the countryside itself. In order to ensure the future of farming it is important that people value their food and appreciate the input of farmers. We need to stimulate an interest in farming and to encourage young people to pursue a career in farming or its associated industries. We also need to encourage people to support local produce in the knowledge that the vast majority of cash spent on local produce will remain in the area.

One of the most important and enjoyable events on the Society‚Äôs calendar is the Lincolnshire Show. Whatever the weather it is always fun to attend the show with many activities and stands to keep people of all ages amused. It is an opportunity for farmers to network with each other and with associated industries and an enjoyable way to learn about new technologies. It also gives the public a chance to learn about farming and the way that their food is produced. I believe that most are surprised to discover how technical farming is. I look forward to visiting the Schools' Challenge and to listening to the enthusiasm that the challenges provoke. I like to think that many of the students involved will discover a passion for food or farming and will go on to enjoy a career linked to the industry.