Emily Norton - Breaking the silos - best practice in global agricultural policy for farm business innovation
Although very definitely “born in muddy boots”, I studied law at Cambridge University and qualified as a solicitor specialising in commercial law, before returning back to the family farm via an MSc in Sustainable Agriculture from Harper Adams. For the last 10 years I have been been raising my family and working in our small but highly diversified family farming business in Norfolk. I co-founded Nortons Dairy, our on-farm dairy processing business in 2007, and we now produce national award winning dairy produce on farm, bringing stability to the farm’s small dairy herd. I was very proud that we were a finalist in the Farmers Weekly Awards - Mixed Farmer of the Year category - 2017.
Over the last four years I have spent an increased amount of time working off farm. I am a graduate of the Challenge of Rural Leadership Course 2014, which gave me the boost to rekindle my career, and the Windsor Emerging Leaders programme 2016. Since 2014, I have been combining my skills in leadership, business strategy, law and agriculture to engage in political research and policy thinking at the highest level of UK and EU law making. This has given me a great insight into the challenges and opportunities for UK agriculture at this momentus and turbulent time.
I am very much looking forward to the opportunity that this Nuffield award will bring me to engage in some “blue sky thinking” on my topic and in learning from international comparators.
My sincere thanks go to the RNAA for sponsoring my Nuffield award and for backing me in this journey.