INDUSTRY FACTS
& MYTHS

There are very few people employed in food and farming.

FALSE!

The food and farming sector employs 3.5m people in the UK which is nearly 1 in every 7 jobs.

Farming is an important industry and has a vibrant future.

TRUE!

British farmers and growers produce 63% of all the food we eat and in the future this amount will need to increase to feed a growing population.

There is no point in studying for a degree in agriculture as there are no jobs for graduates.

FALSE!

Courses in agriculture have one of the highest rates of graduate employment in the UK. For example, 98% of first degree graduates at Harper Adams University are either in work or doing further study.

Jobs in agriculture are poorly paid.

FALSE!

The average starting salary is no different to that of other graduates but there are great opportunities to earn really good money.

Farming is a job for men.

FALSE!

The number of female undergraduates entering agriculture and forestry courses increased by 12% between 2010 and 2011.

Agriculture is all about getting cold and muddy.

FALSE!

If you love the outdoors, there are plenty of opportunities but there are just as many jobs which don’t involve getting cold and muddy.

There are no job opportunities in agriculture.

FALSE!

Thanks to technological advances in agriculture, the number and variety of roles in supporting industries is growing significantly.

Agriculture is at the cutting edge of research and development

TRUE!

The Research Council for the industry (BBSRC) spends £500m each year on the agriculture, bioprocessing, chemical, food, healthcare, pharmaceutical and other biotechnological related industries.

Jobs in agriculture are well paid.

TRUE!

The average starting salary is no different to that of other graduates, and there are opportunities to earn really good money.

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