Sector’s hunt for new blood

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The Government has launched a programme to attract more fresh talent into agriculture.

Farming Minister Jim Paice this week announced the Future of Farming Group to look at how to break down barriers preventing more talented, entrepreneurial young people from making careers in farming.

Fewer young people are going into agriculture, while other related industries such as manufacturing are struggling to fill high-skilled posts in engineering and science.

He said: “A career in farming isn’t only an option to people who come from farming families. British farming is highly skilled and if it is to maintain its high standards, we need to ensure that everyone who wants to go into the industry has the right skills, knowledge, and support to take on this challenge.”