The agricultural labour force
Choosing to work in agriculture starts with young people at school and continues through to the farm with responsibilities for both employers and employees according to those involved in its many facets.
Attracting and retaining good staff
Specialist recruitment expert Hugh Pocock gives farm businesses his tips on how to attract and retain good people and explains why it isn’t all about the money.Read more here
Young people’s perceptions of the agri-food industry
Many believe young people don’t know or care where their food comes from. But a new report from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) challenges this idea following a large-scale survey.Read more here
Significant challenge posed to UK agricultural and horticultural labour force
Challenges to the labour market within the agricultural and horticultural sectors have been identified, but there are opportunities too and support available from a newly created national industry body.Read more here
'The biggest obstacle is ourselves'
Dealing with change is a normal part of running a farm business, but today’s farmers have more to contend with than ever before. The Farming Community Network’s (FCN) Stephen Dennis shares his thoughts on how farmers can increase their capacity to cope.Read more here
'Don't be scared of change'
Richard and Fionagh Harding have had to deal with enormous changes since buying their Cornish farm 17 years ago. Here, Richard advises farmers to be positive and look for sources of support.Read more here
How to prepare for change and embrace opportunities
With numerous changes ahead, farmers must be open-minded and look at how they can adapt their businesses. Somerset-based consultant Gemma Sparks advises on how to turn these challenges into opportunities.Read more here
New direction secures family business
A farming family in Cornwall has made the radical decision to move out of beef and sheep and into dairy production. We find out why, and what this change of farming and mindset means for the business.Read more here
Are you resilient enough to change?
It’s hard to know if you are resilient until your resilience is tested. We talk to industry expert, Professor Nicola Shadbolt, about five characteristics she’s identified in resilient farmers who adapt to change well.Read more here
Developing a deeper understanding of resilience
Building on her observations of resilient farmers in our previous interview, Professor Nicola Shadbolt describes what she believes is required for a farming business to withstand external changes.Read more here
Full scale change is needed for small farms to survive
Economist Sean Rickard shares his insight into how farmers can survive the removal of direct payments and why a change of mindset is required.Read more here
Forty years of adaptation builds company resilience
St Ewe Eggs began life as a dairy farm, bought by Christine and Richard Tonks in the late 1960s. Now run by their daughter, Rebecca, we find out from Head of Marketing, Nikki Owen, how the company has changed to become the award-winning egg business it is today.Read more here