The National Farmers Union has launched this year’s Farmvention competition, which, in 2020, focuses on climate change.
More than 5,000 children have already got involved in Farmvention over the past two years and for the vey first time the NFU is opening the competition to secondary school children as well as primary, with the aim of identifying Britain’s Climate Superheroes and inspiring climate action.
Entrants are being challenged to develop an invention, innovation or idea that would help British farmers care for the environment and reduce their impact on the climate. To help with this, the NFU has created brand new interactive 3D farm tours; children can meet Blackbrook Longhorn cattle with Farmer Joe, get inside the cab of a combine harvester with Farmer Olly, see how Farmer Andrew milks and feeds his cows using robots, and find out how The Small Robot Company develops robots to zap weeds and map farms using artificial intelligence.
The 3D tours will be available alongside four inspiration hubs, based around the themes of technology, soil and plant health, renewable energy and sustainable food, which provide STEM-related activities that can be completed both at home and at school.
NFU president Minette Batters said: “The Farmvention competition has gone from success to success, and this year’s launch is particularly exciting because it is solely focused on one of the most relevant, important and challenging issues of our time.
“Children today are more aware of our impact on the climate than ever. It is crucial we bring food and farming into the debate to build children’s understanding of sustainable food production, what farmers are already doing to reduce their climate impact and what more can be done.”