Recruiting bright and ambitious new workers and providing them with a clear career path is critical to the future success of UK agriculture, a new Defra report has said.
The Future Of Farming Review Report is the result of a strategic review of the industry's needs and shortcomings produced by a panel of industry experts initially convened in January.
"Nothing is more critical to farming's success than ensuring that those who work in it are ambitious and skilled," the report concluded.
"This means attracting the best people to work in farming and then supporting them so that they can build their skills and experience and have successful, rewarding careers."
The report also warned: "In some particularly high value sectors, securing an adequate supply of labour, both skilled and un-skilled, is essential to their survival."
It stopped short of recommending government intervention, urging instead that the industry take the initiative in promoting careers, providing training and ensuring succession planning.
Farming minister David Heath said: "I am confident this review will be the springboard to improving our already talented workforce, and I look forward to exploring its recommendations with industry."