Know How / Young farmers

Whether you’re an agricultural student, a new entrant, a young farmer hoping to get your first tenancy, or working on the family farm, you can find out what’s going on in the young farmers’ community here. Hear from other farmers about how they got their foot on the farming ladder, get advice on careers, hear from our former Young Farmer of the Year, Josh Dowbiggin in his column and find out about events for young farmers.

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: The YFC scheme helping young farmers sell their lamb

A scheme created to support young farmers in Wales is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. The scheme, a partnership between Wales YFC, Sainsbury's and Dunbia, was set up to…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 5 – watch now

It’s the penultimate day of Farmers Apprentice 2018 bootcamp and the competition is heating up as the girls take on the boys in task 4. Never has the environment been…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 4 – watch now

In episode 4, the apprentices work on a range of machinery-related tasks – setting up a plough, building a business case for a contractor business and then servicing some Kubota…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Young Farmer of the Year

Fifth-generation farmer Jacob Anthony is the 2018 Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the year. Jacob has successfully navigated the tricky path of working on the family farm by being brave…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Ag Student of the Year

Royal Agricultural University (RAU) graduate Alex Dunn is the 2018 Farmers Weekly Ag Student of the Year. Having recently graduated with a first-class degree in agriculture, 21-year-old Alex has big ambitions…

YOUNG FARMERS

The new entrant who runs beef cattle in a 36,000ha forest

Ask an enterprising young farmer if they fancy farming an area roughly the size of the Isle of Wight and they would probably fall over in shock. But that's precisely…

Young farmers community

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"Party's over" – YFC members react to Convention being axed

Young farmers have reacted with anger and sadness at the decision to axe the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) Annual Convention for good. After 50 brilliant years, the…

YOUNG FARMERS

7 things not to miss at the 2018 NFYFC Annual Convention

There are only a few days left until thousands of Young Farmers rock up in Blackpool for the 2018 Annual Convention – three days of celebrating everything that makes YFC…

YOUNG FARMERS

Wasps' James Haskell on his love of rugby, music and JCBs

Rugby union star James Haskell has been announced as the Sunday night headline DJ at the National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs Annual Convention in Blackpool on 6 May. The 75…

Events

Farmers Apprentice

Farmers Apprentice aims to help young people from all walks of life get a foot on to the farming ladder. See more on the ten young apprentices who have been selected to take part in a bootcamp.
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Careers

BUSINESS

Job profile: What's it like to be a farm administrator?

If you’re analytical, organised and have a head for numbers then the role of farm administrator or farm secretary is one to consider. It is a varied position that involves…

FARMLIFE

What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…

Surveying offers great career opportunities for women

Rural surveying is a great career – and one that women leaving agricultural college and university should consider. By Mary-Vere Parr. Sitting at her desk at commercial property agents Bruton…

Careers advice

From getting your first job in agriculture to maintaining your work skills and developing your career, we provide advice and insights.
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Advice and tips

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FARMLIFE

What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…

YOUNG FARMERS

10 pieces of advice for young people starting in agriculture

Experienced entrepreneurs had plenty of advice for the next generation at the NFYFC Annual Convention (4-6 May), offering insights into farming’s challenges – and how to overcome them.  We asked…

FARMLIFE

8 secrets to progressing up the ag careers ladder

Getting your first job in the agricultural sector is a real milestone, but what does it take to get the next one and the one after that? If you’ve got…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: Share farming v contract farming

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Georgina Sweeting of Savills advises on the pros and cons of…

PARTNERSHIPS

Share farming: How it works and why it could reshape farming

If a quarter of farmers in England aged over 65 entered into a share farming agreement we could have nearly 8,000 new entrants working the land, according to Christopher Price,…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How to become a county council farm tenant

County council farms provide a great opportunity for people looking to reach the first rung in the farming ladder and many holdings are designed specifically with new entrants in mind.…

Top tips for young farmer business success

Who better to pick up tips about farming than other young people who have “made it” in the industry? Packed into Europe’s largest underground building last week were more than…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

A beginner's guide to careers in agriculture and farming

Some people find the idea of a career in agriculture hilarious. They think it is all mud, wellies and sticking your arm up the business end of a cow. But…

MACHINERY

Top tips for starting a new farm contracting business

Starting out in contracting can be daunting and financially terrifying but it can equally create a lifestyle driven by a true love of the outdoors and machinery. Farmers Weekly speaks…

BUSINESS

4 young farmers on setting up successful joint dairy ventures

Young farmers are successfully using joint ventures in the dairy sector as a way of developing their careers while increasing their net worth. Tony Evans, partner with consultant The Andersons…

YOUNG FARMERS

Young sheep farmers share tips on year-round lamb marketing

Britain’s next generation of sheep farmers are taking the lead in promoting home-grown lamb as a healthy and sustainable choice for shoppers. These young industry representatives – aptly named “lambassadors”…

BUSINESS

Podcast: Fertile Minds on finding and managing finance

New entrants to farming who turn to the bank of mum and dad for funding should always agree the terms in writing. This was the advice from John Hartwright of…

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: The YFC scheme helping young farmers sell their lamb

A scheme created to support young farmers in Wales is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. The scheme, a partnership between Wales YFC, Sainsbury's and Dunbia, was set up to…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 5 – watch now

It’s the penultimate day of Farmers Apprentice 2018 bootcamp and the competition is heating up as the girls take on the boys in task 4. Never has the environment been…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 4 – watch now

In episode 4, the apprentices work on a range of machinery-related tasks – setting up a plough, building a business case for a contractor business and then servicing some Kubota…

FARMLIFE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 3 – watch now

The apprentices get to grips with livestock in the third episode of Farmers Apprentice, Farmers Weekly’s unique competition for young people who want to build a future in farming. The…