New Entrants

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Concerns about the lack of new entrants to farming are not unique to Scotland with similar anxieties being expressed in many developed countries for the last 20 years. However, evidence reveals that in Scotland principal farmers are indeed ageing, with those over 65 increasing from 22% in 2000 to 27% in 2007 whilst those under 45 have fallen from 25% to 19% over the same period. It is now estimated that the average age of Scottish farmers is around 58 and a large proportion do not have a successor in place.

New entrants are essential to the success of this strategy and the long term sustainability of the Scottish farming industry. However, they are faced with a number of barriers to entry that has meant that many potential new entrants have turned away from farming in favour of other, more financially secure, career options.

The Scottish Government's New Entrants to Farming Programme, delivered by SRUC, aims to address concerns over the lack of new entrants to farming, by help deliver support  new and potential entrants with information and advice on how to effectively enter and survive in the industry and on the range of skills required and support measures available through mechanisms such the Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP).

Read the latest New Entrants newsletter.