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    racheljonesracheljones
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    Teenagers see farming as one of the least appealing career paths available – that’s the conclusion of a new survey.

    But what would you tell them to convince them otherwise? What makes farming the opposite of boring? What are your favourite bits/the most exciting bits/the bits to boast about?

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    bovrilbovril
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    Some teens (the few who fit a stereotype ad make good headlines anyway) think anything is boring. With such a tiny percentage of the workforce employed in agriculture, we only need a tiny percentage of teens who are passionate about farming, and there are plenty of them.
    When I go into a primary school with a tractor, there are very few pre-teens who aren’t excited by the chance to sit in it!

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    glasshouseglasshouse
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    most teens need a swift boot in the backside, handed a shovel and told to use it.

     

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    Farmer Dan 6465
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    glasshouse

    handed a shovel and told to use it.

     

    The worst few are beyond that, and just need a conk over the head with it.  The best few already know, and 99% of the teenage population are somewhere in between, but no-one ever made the headlines for being average.

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    EwanDuncan
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    not all of them đŸ˜‰

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    henararhenarar
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    It is at times like any job but I have never had to days the same

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    Joshua Denley
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    Well for me I see it as the most appealing future career path for me and I hope it’s where my future lays. But these days there aren’t many farms willing to give a young person a chance to have a go or learn, to entice them in to farming future. As well as having some “public figures” make comments which turn people who want to go in to farming away from it.

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    ant88ant88
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    Question has to be……….. “Are there still enough coming through though??”

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    Gulli
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    henarar

    It is at times like any job but I have never had to days the same

    true, everyday is different.

    and everyday is a school day when you are farming.

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    TeslaCoilsTeslaCoils
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    Err, arable farming is pretty boring.

    A friend of mine says “plant, weed, harvest, repeat, die” about sums it up. 3 months busy. 9 months watching grass grow. Plus terrible UK weather. For no money. With little chance of ever having your own place – rubbish FBTs, grandparents who wont die, etc.

    Some enjoy the lifestyle, but its hard to do that with an immense overdraft whilst dragging the tractor out of a field where the rain has ruined your harvest again. 

    As a career option, you would be far better off going and making your millions elsewhere, then using them to buy a farm later on. 

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    the beastthe beast
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    I am affraid i just dont believe the jobs exsist.

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    tractorpullertractorpuller
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    As a teenager working in farming at home I want to get some qualifications while still in work, I am looking at an NVQ which would work with my job rather than teaching me knew things and Im not sure that it would be enough? A BSC degree is too involved and would not allow me to carry on working but I think that a part time diploma would allow for work and give me more experience outside of home?

    This is purely from looking at prospectus’s does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge of which would be best?

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    ThefahrmanThefahrman
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    I have always wanted to work outdoors and always had an interest in farming, trying to persuade my parents to let me start a Agriculture apprenticeship was hard.
    Trying to find a farmer willing to take me on was even harder i tried for months to find a placement and found nowhere, i was very lucky to get an offer from a local farmer who farms 3000 acres and owns 10 John Deeres. I still have to look for a job after my apprenticeship cause there wont be a full time job where i am now. Im not surprised people arent interested in farming cause its very hard to find somewhere to work and the long hours might put people off. But the way i see it is the more people who wanted a job in farming would make it harder for me to find a job.

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    massey joshmassey josh
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    Sorry to bump this back up, i came across it and thought i’d just add my input…

    Considering i’m only 15.. (Well, i will be in less than 24 hours time but anyway…) i have to put up with a bunch of other teenagers on a daily basis, and i believe the reason everybody sees agriculture as “boring” or “least appealing” is simply the way the industry comes across to teenagers these days… They all have a vision in their head of “farmer jiles” driving round ‘arvesting his “tateys” on his ol’ ferguson wearing wellies and chewing straw. Others my age seem astonished when i tell them of Climate control, emissions controls on engines, minimising overlap in cultivations to keep fuel costs down, headland management systems, fertiliser rates and preventing run-off into water sources, and most of all… Tractors that drive themselves! So i guess what i’m trying to say is the younger generation today seem misinformed about the various resources available to us, and especially young people. Another thing is everything today is about “image” and i do also think that’s part of the reason, being “embarrased” to be seen on a tractor by their mates because that’s so “uncool”. I’ve been in farming since i was about 7 i think, so i’ll be coming up to my 8th harvest season where i’ve been involved in some way. And amazingly the only thing i’ve actually found boring was doing 4 times round the headlands on a 30 acre field with the powerharrow and press, finding it repititive backing into the corners at the end of every run when all i was really thinking about was my belly which needed filling and so i wanted to be getting on not reversing up [:D]. Everything else i love, especially those days out in the sunshine where everything’s going right and the machinery is running well, well apart from those times where something’s given up the ghost and you’ve got various parts strewn across the workshop and then the dealer hasnt got the part you want… Well, that’s the end of my lecture.

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    glasshouseglasshouse
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    there are so few kids that get the chance to be brought up on farms nowadays, its just ignorance that makes them think its boring

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