Debate: Rural Business

By Dean

20 May 2015

 

How do you see the agriculture sector in Lancashire today?

David HannonTim Milne-RedheadJohn Myers James Cornthwaite
"Smaller farms are finding it much more difficult, but the bigger ones are getting bigger and stronger and buying up the weaker ones next door.”
Ann TurnerJulie Keech Colin BradleyAnn TurnerDavid Hannon Julie KeechColin BradleyTim Milne-RedheadColin Bradley

How do you view the future of the sector and how important is diversification?

Peter ToppingStephen Leeming
“The next generation, they don’t even know where food comes from, do they? That’s half the problem.”
James CornthwaiteAnn Turner

How can the industry meet the challenge of succession and getting the right skills?

Colin BradleyAnn Turner Stephen LeemingJulie KeechTim Milne-RedheadAnn TurnerJohn Myers Ann TurnerDavid HannonJames Cornthwaite
“Farming isn’t just rearing a sheep, it’s far more complicated than that, it’s far more sexy than that and we need to get that over at school level.”
Peter ToppingJulie Keech

How do you see the future for land use and land based industries?

Ann TurnerJulie KeechStephen LeemingPeter Topping John Myers
“We’ve got to keep moving forward. I wish I was starting my career now.”
James CornthwaiteColin BradleyDavid Hannon Tim Milne-RedheadTo view the PDF of the feature in the magazine, please click here.

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