Event celebrates women in agriculture

THE ROLE of women in farming will be celebrated at a networking event at the Great Yorkshire Showground later this month.

The Yorkshire Rural Support Network has teamed up with The Barclays Agriculture Team for Yorkshire and The North East of England and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution for the free event at Pavilions of Harrogate on Tuesday September 30.

Kate Dale, the network’s coordinator said it was an opportunity for women already involved in farming, or those thinking of a career change, “to come along and be inspired”.

She said: “Women are often the backbone of rural businesses so this event will give an insight into the innovation and determination required to build up a successful business and highlight the importance of collaboration, flexibility and commitment amongst women in farming.”

Among those taking part in the event are Tamara Hall, managing director of Molescroft Grange Farm in Beverley, and a Yorkshire Agricultural Society Nuffield Scholar, who will describe her journey from owning a tailoring business into farming and the challenges and successes along the way.

To register your free place, contact [email protected] or call 07917 092131.

Recent figures show the number of women looking to pursue a career in farming in Yorkshire is soaring, with one college, Bishop Burton, reporting the numbers of women studying agriculture increasing 300 per cent in six years.