The agricultural industry’s biggest online farming event returns today for the fourth year running.
Starting at 5am on August 9 and running until 5am, on August 10, anyone involved in the UK farming industry is urged to get involved by sharing posts, photos and videos of the work they are doing throughout the day on social media using hashtag #Farm24.
Farmers Guardian Editor Ben Briggs says: “UK agriculture has a fantastic story to tell and 24 Hours in Farming allows everyone to shout about the industry and why they are so proud to work within it. It has become the go-to event within agriculture’s social media calendar and we want as many people as possible to be involved again in 2018.”
As part of the campaign, R.A.B.I spoke to members of its staff and board of trustees to find out what they love about the industry.
Jo Turnbull – Trustee
“I was brought up in a small village where my father was a mechanic on a local farm. As a young adult, I lived in Australia for ten years. Although I worked mainly in law, I did spend time working on a dairy farm in the Atherton Tablelands.”
“My husband’s family have been hill shepherds in Northumberland for generations. In 1992 we realised a lifelong ambition and bought our own small farm in the north Pennines.”
Jo joined as a trustee in 2015 and serves on a number of committees, helping to govern the charity.
“What I love most about farming is being out in all weathers and the satisfaction the job brings.”
John Stanley – Trustee
John was born on his father’s arable farm, which he later inherited. In 1989, he and his wife started breeding longhorns. After thirty years, they’re now specialists in longhorn breeding and export worldwide.
“I have a passion for seeing things grow and livestock flourish. Whatever we do we do to a high standard and I take pleasure in that.”
“Farming’s just what you do. It’s in your blood. It’s not a job, it’s a way of life. I can’t imagine retiring, how tedious would that be?”
Follow #Farm24 on Twitter to hear more stories celebrating agriculture.