Invaluable Careers Advice from The Many Faces of Ag at #LAMMA17 – part 2

As many of you will know, as a company we feel very strongly about supporting and developing initiatives to help people looking for careers in Agriculture. This is why we spent invaluable time at #LAMMA17 speaking to our exhibitors and visitors to gain superb advice for anyone seeking a career in Agriculture.

As part of this commitment, we have also launched “The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund Scholarship”, set up in memory of Louise, our colleague and Farmers Guardian journalist who sadly passed away last year. The scholarship has been launched to encourage young people with a passion for UK Farming, and to help them build strong foundations for their career.

If you are considering or working towards a career in Farming, please read on - and if you missed it do check out part 1 of this blog published previously.


Of course, study, qualifications and ongoing accreditation are a necessary part of many jobs in this sector. However, Lucy Jackson, Area Manager at United Oilseeds said that learning “on the job” is invaluable “don’t be afraid to ask questions and learn from those with more experience than yourself.”

Nick Rainsley, Marketing Director from AgroVista stressed that travel is important for development, but not just foreign travel, “you can see great diversity in cropping, climate & issues across the length and breadth of the UK; so get yourself out there and take an interest in the farming in our country.”

Surely few have crammed in quite as much travel as Harold Goulden, Sales Support Specialist at Massey Ferguson, during his training, studies, and prior to his current role at Massey. Harold was from a farming background and decided to follow his passions and interests by pursuing a career in agriculture. Where better to start than a nine month placement in US which presented Harold with his first ever flight, followed by an incredible 2,000 miles of harvest across America, from Kansas to Montana. Following studies at Reaseheath College, and work experience in Belgium, Harold went on to study for a degree in Agricultural Mechanical Engineering at Harper Adams. During the course he took an 8 month placement in the engineering test lab at the Hesston Factory in Kansas. Summer work for Massey Ferguson in Hungary, Germany and France added further to his travels and development. That pretty much takes us to Harold’s current role at Massey. Not surprisingly Harold feels that travel helps open your mind, gives you a broader perspective and helps develop your network.

Sentiments shared by Anna Logan, BPS Adviser at NFU who spent 7 months working on a sheep farm in New Zealand during a placement from her studies at Harper Adams. Anna added that travel enables us to see how certain tasks & practice can be undertaken more efficiently and also gives us a wider perspective to assess, review and appreciate what we have in the UK.

Embrace Innovation and Progress

We are at an exciting point in agriculture with a vast amount of technological progress and innovation taking place. Neil Woolliscroft, Agronomist at ProCam emphasised the importance of embracing this innovation and maintaining a progressive outlook to these developments.

At the forefront of investment in innovation is Monsanto; commenting on this, Geoff Hall, Commercial Lead of Seeds & Traits NW Europe said “The next revolution in Agriculture will be data science – embrace this change as it will be very exciting for the whole industry”. Even if certain innovation is not relevant for your chosen career path, stay informed and interested – opportunities can arise from the most unexpected avenues.

Sarah Murray

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