FARMERS FACING CHANGE

A recent survey of almost 80 farmers in Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire has revealed farm business’ striking reactions and attitudes to the effects of Brexit, diversification and to retirement and succession.

Overall, this survey shows an active, confident farming industry starting to prepare for the future, determined to thrive and adapt to the changes in support that is coming its way.

Conducted by Anglia Rural Consultants and the NFU, the survey’s most marked findings, and those which have ramifications for the future of the countryside include:

  • Substantial numbers are considering contracting out farm activities and planning to collaborate with other farms, to increase their reach.
  • A wide and imaginative amount of farm diversification has already taken place, with solar energy being the most popular – nearly 40% of farms reporting having installations.
  • Less than half of the over 60 year olds expect that succession to the business will be by a family member.
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The survey forms part of a rural development strategy for each county created by ARC specialists, Emma Powlett and Richard Rampton, which has been commissioned by Ngage and Bucks Business First, the economic growth hubs of each county.

Read more and view the survey results.