Sunday 10 December, 2023

Young Farmer Focus - Hannah Cuthbert: 'Farming is changing and young people like us are a part of this'

Hannah Cuthbert, 24, is a farmer from Lincolnshire

clock • 2 min read
Lincolnshire farmer Hannah Cuthbert said she is keen to show young people they do not need a farming background to succeed in the sector

Lincolnshire farmer Hannah Cuthbert said she is keen to show young people they do not need a farming background to succeed in the sector

Growing up in the Lincolnshire Wolds, I learned about farming through family friends and my local Young Farmers club.

While farming is often seen as a generational occupation, I am keen to show you do not need farming parents to succeed.

Farming is changing and young people like us are part of this.

Education and farming never really crossed my mind until I had to apply for university.

Whilst I loved the countryside and knew a career in agriculture would likely be on the horizon, the call to a busy city and a degree in Politics was constantly at the forefront of my mind.

Breaking away from the traditional route of many young people in farming, I have been able to see first-hand the general public's outlook on food production and use this to educate and inspire those around me.

Despite what people may say, a degree in politics has a huge relationship with agriculture.

Policy change, international change and decisions in Westminster all shape the industry, and having a sound understanding of this is really important.

Throughout my time at university, I centred my studies around agriculture and other political areas of interest.

I was fortunate to undertake a placement year at Brown&Co, where I led a government project providing free farm consultations to businesses across England.

This allowed ample opportunity to see how policy change, notably Basic Payment Scheme reductions, affected all kinds of farmers across the country.

This was a huge stepping stone into my career in agriculture.

After completing my placement year, I worked a harvest in a grain lab, an internship at Fisher German, work experience at Savills, part-time work at a dairy farm and assisting in a lambing season - all before finishing my final year!

After graduation, I worked another summer at a farm near Liverpool and I am now heading to Australia in October to complete a second harvest.

My extensive experience over the last two years resulted from not ‘coming from a farming family'. Putting my name out there and asking for experience proved invaluable and set me up for a long-term career in the industry.

I absolutely love working in agriculture and it's given me opportunities to explore different sectors and meet so many people.

As I continue to grow in confidence and skills, I have occasionally felt the internal pressure of not having farming roots.

Farmers are so willing to teach and take you on, so for anyone reading this thinking they cannot enter this industry because their parents were not farmers, I am proof that you can.

2020 John Deere 865M Gator

2020 John Deere 865M Gator


2021 Honda SxS Buggy

2021 Honda SxS Buggy


Longdog GP Quad trailer

Longdog GP Quad trailer


More on Young Farmer Focus

Antony Eavis, 22, is a farmer from Weardale in County Durham

Young Farmer Focus - Antony Eavis: "There is no money in the world which would actually make me want to give up farming"

"British farmers are more than just farmers, they are a lifeline for the country"

clock 24 November 2023 • 3 min read
Sally Griffiths, 21, is a sheep farmer from Presteigne in Radnorshire

Young Farmer Focus - Sally Griffiths: "Life is getting harder every single day for farmers and they need help"

"In order to make farms more sustainable, farmers have faced heightened pressure to diversify or change their practices to attain another income stream"

clock 20 November 2023 • 3 min read
Liz Tree, 25, is a sheep technician at Innovis from Croydon

Young Farmer Focus - Liz Tree: "I would not be where I am today without experiencing farming as a child and I will forever be grateful to those farmers who took the time to teach and mentor me"

Liz Tree, 25, is a farmer from Croydon in South London: "My own experiences of seeing farms at a young age had completely changed the course of my life"

clock 10 November 2023 • 3 min read