Kate Adams - How is a passion for preserving soil instilled in modern farmers? From birth, fear, education or regulation?
I grew up on a dairy farm in Herefordshire before travelling to the bright lights of London to study Geography at Kings College London. City living was a refreshing change after a rural upbringing however it made me realise that I wanted to work in the countryside. I returned to Herefordshire after graduating and worked for several years in a regulatory role with the Environment Agency. Although this provided me with a valuable education in agricultural legislation, I did not particularly enjoy having to play bad cop so decided to move across to deliver advisory projects. I now head up a team of farm advisors for The Wye & Usk Foundation, we are a local rivers trust delivering agricultural advice projects across the Wye catchment to improve water quality.
My fiancé John and I enjoy nothing more than to be outside enjoying the beautiful Herefordshire countryside. We spend many a weekend working our gun dogs at local shoots, walking, horse riding and socialising with our family and friends. My family have been keen supporters of the Three Counties Agricultural Society for several generations so it is an honour to have them as my Nuffield sponsor.