What is influencing the farming careers of women in the South West?

From those at college to an award-winning farmer with several years’ experience under her farming belt, we find out what’s influencing the career choices made by women in the South West.

Inspire, network, grow

Meat Business Women was set up in 2015 in response to a lack of female talent in the meat industry. It is now a global phenomenon helping women inspire, network and grow.

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How storytelling helps build industry resilience

Featuring in an episode of our Farming Focus podcast, BBC journalist Anna Jones and communications specialist Kendra Hall explain why storytelling and public relations is vital to the industry’s future.

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Professor Sally Shortall

Why women are needed if farming is to survive

Professor Sally Shortall has studied farming families around the world and her view remains the same. Women are vital for successful farming businesses but continue to be an under-valued resource.

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From fashion to farming

Young Devon farmer Emily Pearse started out on a totally different career path to the one she’s now following. Find out why she changed to agriculture.

Image credit: Emily Fleur Photography

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Award-winning farmer strives to support farming’s next generation

Catherine Pickford believes experiencing life and work away from the family farm has helped her manage the team on her Somerset dairy farm. She tells us more about her approach.

Image credit: Kathy Horniblow

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Developing the next generation of female farmers

Duchy College is growing the next generation of farmers through its apprenticeship programme. Five students and their tutor share their thoughts on choosing agriculture as a career.

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Successful young handler builds career in agriculture

Merryn Philp was given her first pigs when she was just five years old, and hasn’t looked back since. The Harper Adams University student describes her farming journey so far.

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‘It’s not a question of gender, but your ability to farm’

Devon farmer and female pioneer, Jilly Greed, describes her multi-faceted career, including being Cornish Mutual’s first female board director.

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‘Passion and hard work’ help to overcome challenges

Having taken on part of her family farm at just 19 years old, Gayle Bersey shares her farming experiences and offers advice to other women in the industry.

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A platform to entertain and inspire

With 900,000 followers on TikTok and 34,000 on Instagram, Maria Warne explains how she is using her influence to inspire young people to consider farming as a career.

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‘Seize every opportunity’

Mole Valley Farmers Business Development Manager Rachael Benney reveals how being a Young Farmer led her unexpectedly into the agricultural industry.

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The changing face of agriculture students

Tutors from two agricultural colleges in the South West share their thoughts on the changing gender balance seen in their student intakes.

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