Finding ways into farming

INNOVATIVE ways into farming are going to have to be found if the record numbers of young people wanting to make a career in the industry are not to have their ambitions frustrated, says the NFU.

Delegates at next Thursday’s NFU’s Tenants Conference will be told that the number of students on agricultural courses at Harper Adams University College is at a 10-year high.

However, a combination of county council smallholding dispersals and demand for additional land from existing farmers is making it increasingly difficult for would-be new entrants to find tenanted land.

NFU Deputy President Meurig Raymond said: “The solutions do not just lie in a re-think on county farm sales. The industry itself has a responsibility to help carve out opportunities for the new entrants that we need.”

Speakers include the Minister for Agriculture, Jim Paice.