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’s 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
Tickets for the 2018 Lincolnshire Show are now on sale!
We're commemorating RAF100 at the 134th Lincolnshire Show on 20 & 21 June and have lots of exciting attractions and entertainment planned already! Advanced tickets are on sale now - get yours by clicking the link below.