Talented pool of farm administrators

11 January 2002

Talented pool of farm administrators

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GOOD farm business administrators are becoming more important – some would even say indispensable – to the agricultural industry than ever before.

As incomes continue to fall, farmers have been forced to pare labour costs to the bone in a desperate attempt to keep businesses afloat. Inevitably, this has meant shouldering an increasing burden of the workload themselves.

With not enough hours in the day to go around something has had to give, and often it has been the routine, yet vital, administrative office-based tasks involved with running the farm enterprise that have suffered.

But, as the results of the Farm Business Administrator of the Year 2001 competition revealed, there is a pool of talented people available for farmers who feel they are drowning in a sea of paperwork and red tape – and it probably is not as expensive as they might expect.

Last years batch of contestants had to cope with a new format which saw them carrying out a detailed case study of a real-life farm business – something typically handled by a costly consultant. They coped with this so well it has been decided to run the competition in the same vein this year.

After answering the first round questions, entrants will be sent all the relevant details needed to devise a SWOT analysis and outline business plan for a farming customer of principal sponsor Lloyds TSB.

Foot-and-mouth permitting, the finalists will then be invited to visit the farm sometime in May or June where they will discuss and justify their proposals with a panel of judges.

The prestigious title of Farm Business Administrator of the Year is not the only thing up for grabs – there are some great prizes to be won, including £750 for the winner; not to mention a selection of useful Farmplan software.

So, if you think you are up to the task, get cracking on those first round questions and maybe soon your CV could boast the ultimate accolade that will be sure to keep the work rolling in. Best of luck.

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