Although I do not come from a traditional farming background, I was exposed to the glorious countryside and the intricacies of farming from a young age growing up in Shropshire.
My initial entry into the sector was through joining Young Farmers in Shropshire and then approaching local dairy farmers seeking to learn through employment opportunities.
This led to the aspiration of going to Harper Adams University, where I have just completed my placement year with Promar International, and I will return to study agriculture with farm business management in October.
Through a series of strategic opportunities, I have been involved within the dairy sector in roles ranging from hands-on milking to young stock management.
I have now ventured into the world of sustainability.
Working as a sustainability analyst at Promar International has allowed me to continue my studies.
My current role involves on-farm consultations, during which I engage with farmers in candid discussions about emerging industry prospects, with a particular emphasis on the opportunities as a result of agriculture heading towards a more sustainable trajectory.
I am so lucky to work with a fantastic team of specialists in the agricultural field, and working alongside them has driven my enthusiasm for agriculture and broadened my perspective on the industry.
I have always been so grateful for the opportunities I have been presented with and they have all been fundamental in me becoming the individual I am today.
As I have developed on a personal and professional level, I have learned how unlocking the doors of opportunity is not just a kind gesture, it is a necessity for our industry.
We need to continue to encourage new entrants to the sector, whether this is through Leaf's Open Farm Sunday, engaging with NFU Farmers for Schools to educate the youngest generation, Young Farmers Clubs, apprenticeships or other methods of gaining new entrants.
I believe we need to work harder as an industry to gain, maintain and retain people to ensure that we have continued knowledge transfer and skilled individuals to help provide food for our growing global population.