Structural change and new entrants in UK agriculture: examining the role of county farms and the Fresh Start initiative in Cornwall

Ilbery, Brian W and Ingram, Julie and Kirwan, James and Maye, Damian and Prince, Nick (2009) Structural change and new entrants in UK agriculture: examining the role of county farms and the Fresh Start initiative in Cornwall. Journal of the Royal Agricultural Society of England, 170. pp. 77-83. ISSN 0080 4134

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Abstract

In the context of the trend towards fewer and larger farms, and an ageing farming population, this paper examines the attempts by two schemes – the County Farms Estate (CFE) and the Fresh Start (FS) initiative in Cornwall – to provide opportunities for new farmers to enter agriculture in an affordable manner. The number of county farms has continued to decline since the 1950s through processes of farm amalgamation and disposal by county and unitary authorities. While the average size of those remaining has risen, this has not been at the same rate as that engendered through general processes of structural change in UK agriculture. FS has provided a range of support to help improve the vibrancy of the farming industry in Cornwall, but its overall impact has been limited. The extent to which these schemes have either contributed to or slowed down the process of structural change in UK agriculture is debatable.

Item Type: Article
Article Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Agriculture, Structural change, Ageing farm population, County farms, Fresh Start
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 10:19
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2016 10:35
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/433

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