The Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion in Food, Farm­ing and Nat­ur­al Envi­ron­ment 2023

The Nation­al Com­pe­ti­tion, start­ed in 2018, aims to engage and inspire future gen­er­a­tions about food pro­duc­tion, the nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment and high­light the many career oppor­tu­ni­ties avail­able in the land-based sec­tor. See how your school (Years 9 to 11) can enter this year’s competition.

The National Food, Farming and Natural Environment competition 2023

The competition, now in its fifth year, aims to engage and inspire students from Year 9 - 11 about farming, food production and the environment, alongside highlighting the many career opportunities available in the land-based sector. Secondary schools from across the UK are encouraged to enter the competition.

Entries for the 2023 Competition will open in December 2022, and the finalists weekend will take place in July 2023. If you are interested in entering the competition – you can register your interest here to be notified when entries open.

You can read more about the format of the competition below.

What's involved in the weekend prize?

The finalists’ weekend, which will be made up of fun and educational activities based around the college farm, will take place at Llysfasi. Llysfasi is a land-based college with departments in Agriculture, Agricultural Engineering, Animal Care and Forestry and Countryside Management. The college farm is 970 acres and is a mixed enterprise commercial farm, which includes a dairy herd, sheep, beef, crops and forestry. The college also has an Animal Management Centre and an industry leading Agricultural Engineering workshop and latest tractor and machinery technologies. Throughout the weekend students will experience milking cows, handling sheep, whilst understanding the role that drone technology has to play in producing food. They will also get to visit the agri-forest, see countryside management in practice, and will even have a go at tractor driving and experience the driverless technology used by the agricultural industry. They will also see other modern technology used in today’s farming practices and much more.

You and your students will cover a range of educational topics, focused around the competition title and you will compete in answering an hypothesis over the weekend - the winning school team will be crowned the 'National Winner 2023’

Impact of the competition

First launched in 2018, the competition has had a significant impact in opening young minds to what farming delivers as well as issues around health, wellbeing, sustainability, climate change and career opportunities. Over one-third of students who took part in the competition, have since gone on to apply to study at land-based colleges, with all students reporting that it had changed their perception of the farming industry and helped them with their studies back at school.

How to apply

Sec­ondary schools look­ing to apply need to com­plete an online form when entries open. The form is to be answered by a teacher on behalf of the school and their students.

Entries will open for the 2023 nation­al com­pe­ti­tion in Decem­ber 2022. You can reg­is­ter your inter­est by fill­ing out this form and you will be noti­fied via email when entries open. 

Reg­is­ter Your Interest

The National Competition is delivered by the following partners: