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Young Farmer Focus - Sam Deane, Hampshire



Sam Deane, 25, is a company agronomist for Premium Crops, Hampshire, having grown up on a family farm in Co. Cork.

 

Travelling: My job takes me all over the place, which means I get to meet a whole host of people. In an average week I can be travelling about 1,200 miles, to every corner of the UK.


This week I was out on farms around Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Yorkshire, East Anglia and Warwickshire, to name a few. I have been advising growers who are not sure on linseed agronomy, while helping them understand what needed doing before harvest starts.


I love my job. It means one minute I can be down in the West Country meeting mixed farmers, and then I’m off to a huge arable estate which is completely different to the last place.


It means I can help all these different people and understand where my crops fit into different enterprises.


Office: On Fridays I like to be back in the office typing up crop forecasts or sending out details to clients of what needs to be done in the next month and what you need to do to get ready for harvest etc.


I get many phone calls while I am in the office, ranging from agronomy questions to helping farmers set their combines up. I have a variety of different hats.


I always knew I wanted to work with crops in some way or another, so after I finished my masters degree at Harper Adams University in 2015, I applied for the job at Premium Crops and I’ve not looked back since.


This industry holds certain short-term challenges for a young person, as other generations tend to assume your knowledge is not as great as someone older who may have more experience.


However, this is only an initial perception and as soon as you can provide the client with a solution to their problem it does not matter what age you are – it becomes clear you know what you are doing and you become a good, valued asset.


Future: Looking ahead into the future, I would love to farm. But right now I see a real issue for young people entering the industry, due to access to land and capital.


I think you need to have a real niche to be sure of a successful enterprise, or be growing something nobody else is growing to cut down the competition.


Regardless, I greatly enjoy being a part of this diverse industry, meeting farmers from all walks of life.

 

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