The YIELD Network

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association introduces YIELD 

YIELD stands for Young, Innovative, Enterprising, Learning and Developing.  It’s a thriving new network for younger members’ of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

YIELD was formed to meet the demand for a rural business network in Norfolk. It combines professional development, training and the opportunity to socialise for farming professionals and business owners in an informal way.


We are a diverse dynamic group and our current 50 members are aged 20 to 45. We’re farmers, managers and professionals working in rural industry including lawyers and bankers. Technology entrepreneurs, food producers, researchers and engineers are also active and committed members. We all share a passion for Norfolk; it’s countryside, farming, food and business.

Events and Activities

We’re a resource, a network, a knowledge hub, a place for professionals working in Norfolk’s rural land based industries to share ideas and skills.

We understand our members’ busy work-life balance and plan meetings accordingly. Working around the farming calendar, we meet up to six times a year, doing a variety of things, mixing social and business  activities.

YIELD provides a platform for informed debate and gets to the heart of the matters, which concern members.

The group engages high calibre speakers and also arranges exclusive social activities for members.

Christine Tacon CBE presented a session to the group on the supply chain and her role as groceries code adjudicator in May 2015 and RNAA president Robert Carter hosted a tour of Letheringsett Old Hall and members learned first-hand how the estate is farmed.

Norfolk has a history of producing agricultural pioneers -Townsend and Coke – and is home to world-class science and agribusiness today.  YIELD aims to add to this tradition.

The RNAA gives YIELD administrative support and promotes the activities of the group through access to training, funding and contacts. The network is steered by members of the YIELD organising committee. The group is independent and does not represent any commercial interests.

How to Join

YIELD relies on the enthusiasm and peer interaction of its members. We are mindful that members are giving up their time to attend so we make sure that our meetings are focused and rewarding.

We’re always looking for professionals with a keen rural interest or background to join us. It’s a small group of around 50 members and places are limited. If you are interested in joining The YIELD Network please email

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