Agriculture – Swedish style

Johnny Renner
Johnny Renner

The ways in which agriculture and education are handled in Scandinavia will be the subject of a presentation later this month.

At the annual general meeting of the Glendale Agricultural Society, Johnny Renner will talk about a three-day fact-finding mission to Vaxjo in Sweden.

Five members of the Children’s Countryside Day committee and chairman Johnny learnt about the way the Swedes deal with education and schooling in relation to agriculture.

The trip included a visit to children’s day at Vernamo, held by the Swedish equivalent of the NFU.

Johnny said: “It was a fantastic experience and we all gained a considerable insight into Sweden’s agricultural industry.

“Their attitude to food and where it comes from is completely different to that of here in the UK. Farming in the countryside is an integral way of life for Swedish people and they have a strong identity to their roots and culture.

“Protecting food production and forestry is paramonunt on their government’s agenda.”

Children’s Countryside Day celebrates its tenth anniversary this year and the knowledge gained in Sweden will play a big role in the event.

Johnny’s presentation will follow the formal proceedings at the AGM on Thursday, May 29, at 7.30pm in the Tankerville Arms, Wooler.

The countryside day and Glendale Show are Glendale Agricultural Society’s two main rural events.

It also promotes a programme of events throughout the year, including quizzes, social evenings and the annual stock judging competition.

The Society has around 300 members. The AGM is open to members and non-members alike.