National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

09 July 2013

 

Members are supporting a new review into the future of farming that highlights the barriers faced by people starting careers in British farming.

The review was published by experts in farming, business and education that were brought together by Farming Minister David Heath in January. It sets out what actions they think are needed to attract new talent to careers in agriculture.

NFYFC members gave input into the review during the ARAC Forum at Annual Convention when Chair of the Future of Farming Review Group, David Fursdon, attended the session [pictured].

National Chairman of Council Milly Wastie said: “As one of the largest rural youth organisations in the UK, our members were asked for input into this Review and we are pleased to see that some of the issues we highlighted have been acknowledged. We have a big challenge ahead around generation renewal and the Review’s recommendations offer hope to thousands of young people seeking a successful future career in agriculture.”

The Future of Farming review was established to look at what can be done to make farming a more attractive career choice and to improve access for talented, entrepreneurial people.

The review’s recommendations include:
•    better promotion of the breadth of employment opportunities in farming;
•    more advice for farmers on succession and retirement planning;
•    better provision of affordable housing in rural areas for farmers;
•    promoting farming as a highly skilled professional career; and
•    the industry taking greater responsibility for training including business skills for new entrants.

Announcing the publication, review chairman David Fursdon said:  “We have gathered views from all areas of the agricultural sector and from across the country and thank those organisations for sharing their wealth of knowledge and expertise.

“We are calling for the farming industry to take more responsibility for its own future and for the Government to support them in doing so.”

Milly Wastie attended the launch event in Hertfordshire with members Luke Abblitt, Duncan Howie and Jon Eayrs. The four put questions to a panel of farming experts including David Fursdon and Farming Minister David Heath and were interviewed for a range of publications and for radio and television stations [see Jon pictured right being interviewed by BBC Look East].

Farming Minister David Heath said: “There is a wealth of career options in farming and it is vital that we are able to attract the brightest and best to fill these roles. To do this we need to break down some of the misconceptions and practical barriers.

“I will continue to work with leaders across farming, banking, business and education to promote jobs in farming and make it easier for new entrants to forge successful careers in the industry.” 

For more information and support about the Future of Farming click here.



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