The NFU, Defra and European bureaucrats have been accused of ignoring the interests of small-scale farmers, which make up about 70 per cent of farms in the UK.
Business of Farming Conference
CORRECTLY predict the winner of the 2014 British Farming Awards’ inaugural Farming Hero Award and be in with a chance of winning one of five bottles of Moet.
New entrant features
A venture which began as a quest to find top quality show products for their own use has rapidly developed into a fast growing business for Emma and Ashley McInnes. Angela Calvert went to meet them.
Entering the sector as new starters has been a challenging but enjoyable ride for Neil and Sally Grigg. Olivia Midgley reports.
Future of Farming web dabate
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.
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.
A scheme to encourage young people to train and work on livestock farms has been launched by VetCo Training Services, with backing from The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
A young land agent who has also just secured a smallholding tenancy herself, offers some pointers for would-be farmers who see smallholdings as ‘a way in’ to the farming industry.