Following a successful ’women in farming’ conference held at its campus in Beverley, Bishop Burton College has revealed an increasing emergence of female students at the college.
Statistics show the number of female students at the college has risen from one in 10 students in 2010, to three in five students today, in line with the growing number of women taking top positions in agricultural businesses and organisations.
Speaking about the conference, Jeanette Dawson, principal and chief executive of Bishop Burton said: "With more and more specialisms now required within agriculture, there has never been a better time for women wanting to pursue a career in the sector.
"The speakers [at the conference] are testament to that. Not only are they helping to shape the future of the industry through the work they are doing, but they also act as fantastic role models for young women, proving that gender is no longer a barrier to success."
The conference which explored topics including sustainability and environment gave the college the chance to update attendees on its ongoing strategic partnership with Asda and its suppliers, as well as launch a new initiative from Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), Integrated Farm Management Systems.
Head of the agenda at the conference was the need to farm more sustainably in the future, with Caroline Drummond of LEAF leading the debate.
Ms Drummond said: "As custodians of the countryside, farmers have a critical role to play in managing out precious natural resources, our landscape and its wonderful wildlife.
"Proactive conservation management and constructive protection of natural resources is essential to allow health populations to flourish and enrich the environment."
Ms Dawson, also used the conference to announce Bishop Burton College becoming one of the first LEAF accredited farms:
She said: "Our college farm is something to be particularly proud of, and so we will continue to drive innovation and adopt new initiatives like the LEAF Simply Sustainable Biodiversity to ensure that the practical hands-on experience we offer our students is at the very forefront of industry standards."