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Young farmer focus: Geth Johnson - 'I grasped the opportunity to put my stamp on the future of the industry'

Geth Johnson, 26, is an agricultural engineering lecturer at Gelli Aur campus, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthenshire.

Background

 

Having grown up in a farming family in rural west Wales it was only natural that I would end up pursuing a job within the industry, but I would have never imagined it was going to be teaching the subject.

 

Both of my parents grew up on local farms, farming beef, sheep, pigs and dairy between them, and some of this land still remains within the family today.

 

Currently we rent this out to a nearby farmer as from a young age I have always been more interested in things with four wheels as opposed to things with four legs.


It was at my local agricultural college, Gelli Aur, I had my first taste for all things agricultural engineering which also included welding.

 

Welding

 

To cut a long story short I had quite a successful welding career and travelled all across Europe as part of the Welsh and UK WordSkills squad, competing against other countries in Olympic-style vocational competitions.

 

But while I was rather good at welding, my heart laid within the agricultural sector and after a number of years gaining experience in different engineering and agricultural contracting companies I had the opportunity to return to my roots at Gelli Aur as a college lecturer.


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Lecturer

 

To be a lecturer, there are two main characteristics you need – experience and passion for the subject.

 

Some may have argued that I was too young for the role, but I believe that what I may have lacked in experience, I more than made up for in passion.

 

After all, experience is something that can be gained, yet I believe passion is something you have either got or have not.

 

So, armed with bags of enthusiasm and a fresh mindset on the sector, I accepted the position and grasped the opportunity to put my stamp on the future of the industry.

 

These students may only represent a very small percentage of the UK’s population, yet one day they will make up 100 per cent of the industry’s future.


With agriculture evolving so much each day with new technology and systems coming into play, I hope to develop the college and the agricultural engineering department even further to better prepare students for the future within the industry, not just the now.

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