A Twitter competition to meet farm minister David Heath has shone the light on barriers facing youngsters who want to get into farming*.
Here are 10 youngsters forging a career in agriculture:
First-generation 22-year-old farmer, supplying premium rare breed Hebridean Lamb to restaurants in Yorkshire & London.
After three days of wet weather I'd prefer it if the horse riders kept to the track rather than going straight through my grass fields #grrr
— Gareth Barlow (@GarethBarlow) March 14, 2013
Suffolk Young Farmer, farming 32ha on the Suffolk/Essex boarder, working another 700ha south of Bury St Edmunds. Typical tweet:
10 hrs spraying, the 6480 has been rolling all day and delivered firewood on the way home, productive day all round #satisfied
— Ben Martin (@farmer_benn) March 4, 2013
27-year-old Essex-based farm manager & partner in family farming business. MSc, BASIS, FACTS. Typical tweet:
This is how most of or OSR looks. Decent enough roots but hammered above ground. Still optimistic! pic.twitter.com/Qhe63AIY8n
— Dan Wormell (@danwormell) March 5, 2013
NFYFC chairman, passionate about future of farming. Rural road safety advocate & farmer’s wife in training. Typical tweet:
— Milly Fyfe (@MillyFyfe) March 10, 2013
Young(ish) farmer in Oxfordshire. Typical tweet:
— James Price (@RealFarmerPrice) March 13, 2013
A ‘Yes’ man, involved in the worlds of Agriculture and Politics. Playing life with a straight bat. Typical tweet:
— Jake Pickering (@J_L_Pickering) March 2, 2013
Rural chartered surveyor & agricultural valuer (unusual land agent-no red cords). Typical tweet:
Latest blog post now online! How to create a farm from nothing http://t.co/Y8TzlFa1MK
— Judy Pearson (@blondeagadvisor) March 1, 2013
Dan – 21 – Yorkshire – Member of Young Farmers – Looking to get onto the farming ladder. Typical tweet:
Young Lady 26 on a rollercoaster!! Ex-Suffolk YFC County Chair! Dairy Farmer! Promoting Agri!!
@toryl I hurt already! No the horse wouldn't go in bloody thing and didn't want rearing while wearing only knickers!
— Helen Walker (@helbags) February 23, 2013
Father, Agricultural chairman at NFYFC with burning passion in agriculture and agri-politics. Views are mine.. Not yours!
@Sambrondanw women always seem to think we're talking sex not engines
— Chris Bateman (@OhBatey) March 10, 2013