The future of farming - web discussion
FARM chiefs in Scotland have agreed a radical shake-up of the land tenure system is necessary if the industry is not to lose out on bright new talent.
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JILL Persey and her family have been accepting trainees on their farm in Devon for over 20 years and consider being hosts a rewarding experience.
HAVING been brought up on a farm and completing a work placement with AgriVenture in the past, Simon Smith is keen to use his knowledge to help other young people have a life changing experience.
Getting a foothold on the farming ladder is an issue which prompts strong rhetoric, but is often not matched by direct action. Farmers Guardian presents a perspective from all levels of the industry.
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HELPING new starters gain access to finance, making it easier for older people to exit the industry and giving young people the training they need to be successful are all measures the government is working on to ensure the future of the agricultural sector.
If you are looking for a start in farming and need some inspiration then you may find the Oxfordshire-based Farm Step initiative, which offers tenancies to new entrants, a route worth pursuing.
“It is important to ensure viable exit opportunities are available. The TFA believes this can best be achieved by matching a new entrants’ scheme with a farmers’ retirement scheme, which could be operated under the CAP rural development programme. This would also have beneficial effects for new entrants.