Farm Family Key Skills

Helping farm families meet tomorrow’s challenges

What is Farm Family Key Skills?

The Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) aim is to increase the levels of knowledge and skills in agricultural and commercial horticulture businesses with a desire to help Northern Ireland farmers with their business decision making in the key areas of Animal Health, Business Planning, Health & Safety and ICT.

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) will be responsible for the management and delivery of FFKS. This knowledge transfer scheme will provide short, topic based workshops linked to improving farm practices for farmers, farm family members and workers in the farm business, helping them adapt to the changing needs of the industry.

Farm Family Key Skills (FFKS) is part of the Farm Business Improvement Scheme which is funded under the Rural Development Programme 2014-2020. The programme is part of the Knowledge Transfer Measure and is part funded by the European Union (EU).

Who is it for?

The workshops are free to farmers, members of the farm family and employees. Grandparents, uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters within farm families would all benefit from attending a workshop.

What are the benefits?

  • Flexible learning
  • Improve farm safety
  • Develop a business plan
  • Improve farm profitability
  • One to one business mentoring


Details of workshops for the Farm Family Key Skills scheme can be found by clicking on the topic below: