Fosdyke young farmer asks if there is future in farming

Martin Ulyatt.
Martin Ulyatt.
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Where is the future of farming for the 20 somethings? Being in that category, I wonder about my future in an industry that my family have been in for over 50 years, writes Martin Ulyatt.

Land rents continue to go up and large farms snap up any farm business tenancies out there just to make their machinery more efficient, but unfortunately not their end profit margins.

Where are the chances for the youngsters to make their own mark? Luckily, a few of us have families that have worked hard all their life to give us a decent start. But could any of my fellow generation do it and start from scratch now? Buying land at an average of £12,000 per acre and farming it to make a profit, a living and pay it back... Near impossible.

I want to be able to grow and continue for the next 50 years but it will soon be unsustainable at the rate of land rents and costs going up. Hopefully someone will come up with an answer to help the future of farming so we can continue to put food on our plates and not have to import it from overseas.

I am now starting my last year as a Spalding YFC member. Five years have flown by. I have made friends that will last a lifetime and that is what you can get out of an organisation like YFC. You meet new people, learn new skills and build confidence socially and in the competitions and activities you get involved in.