Farming is in transition. The long-term future of the industry is dependent on attracting new entrants with new ideas and skills.
This supplement outlines some of the potential opportunities and highlights issues which are central to agriculture maintaining a successful flow of quality entrants – vital if farming is to remain a sustainable industry in the years ahead.
We profile two prominent farming initiatives; the EFFP “Share to Farm” initiative, which aims to help farmers realise the importance and practicality of working together to achieve shared goals, and the DEFRA inspired Fresh Start initiative, which they launched in 2004 as part of their Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy.
Share to Farm offers practical advice and expertise for those who want to take the next steps to develop collaboration in their business, while Fresh Start aims to produce the next generation of farmers and rural entrepreneurs, by providing skills, training, and links to business opportunities; linking with industry supporters such as the NFU, CLA and LANTRA.
This guide profiles how collaboration can guide and benefit each industry sector, from machinery syndicates to a Farm Business Tenancy. It also advises on the best method of farming succession; to allow the older generation to stand aside and promote the younger generation without losing their important role in the countryside.
- Share to farm – Sion Roberts looks at the business solutions offered by Share to Farm
- Nuffield Nous 1 – David Miller turns to New Zealand for staff motivation
- Nuffield Nous 2 – Ian Jones turn to New Zealand for underdstand the wants of the future generations
- Fresh Start Academies – Douglas Jackson explains the principles and the opportunity it presents newcomers
- The Dairying Dilemma – Tony Evans explores how to retain profitability in this challenging sector
- Partnership answers – An equity partnership is breathing new life in to a retiring owner and his farm manager
- An Arable break – Collaborative ventures encourages new entrants to arable businesses
- Milk herd ambitions – A Farm Business Tenancy helped this farmer realise his dream
- Powerful opportunities – Machinery syndicates are giving young managers an opportunity
- Cornish enterprise – A cash boost and business advice for a new dairy business