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Lawyer Welcomes Initiative to Bring New Entrants into Farming Sector

An agricultural lawyer has welcomed a scheme to support new entrants to start up in the farming sector.

Gillian Gibbons, an associate with leading legal, financial and property specialists Pagan Osborne, has praised a scheme by the Forestry Commission to offer two ready-made starter farms near Cardenden in Fife which has attracted over 150 notes of interest.

Gillian Gibbons,

who has worked in Pagan Osborne’s agriculture and estates team in Cupar for five years, said:

I’ve seen how the agricultural industry is a tough one to break into. With farms and estates often lifelong businesses, the opportunities for new entrants are very slim.

This new initiative, despite it being two farms, is to be welcomed and highlights the need there is to address how the younger generation get into farming.

Current land values are high and the low return on capital often experienced means it is almost impossible for someone who is not already a successful established farmer or who has not has a successful career outside farming or won the lottery to buy a farm.

The traditional method of entry into farming by leasing a farm on a medium/long term basis is almost completely closed off as very few are available.

Schemes such as this show that it is an issue which is being addressed and it would be great to see more innovative measures taken to help the younger generation into farming.”

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