Diverse agriculture

Almost 70% of Yorkshire and the Humber is farmland and it is one of the UK’s most important agricultural regions.

The Yorkshire and Humber region:

  • produces 12% of England’s agricultural output.
  • employs 10% of its agricultural workforce.
  • rears nearly a third of its pigs.

Because of the region’s varied soils and topography it can grow a wide range of crops including:

  • all the UK’s important arable crops (wheat, oilseed rape, barley, sugar beet, potatoes, peas, beans, maize).
  • energy crops, including short rotation coppice willow and Miscanthus.
  • specialist oilseed and fibre crops, such as borage and hemp.

Agricultural businesses in the region range from range from global players to family businesses including:

  • over 11,000 agriculture, forestry and fishery enterprises.
  • the world’s largest pea-processing plant in Hull.
  • regional bases for Cargill, Syngenta, Frontier and Limagrain.

The region’s farmers are highly innovative and receptive to new technologies and techniques. They are supported by a strong regional capacity in agricultural research, development and training.



Join us for specialised support, information and contacts in the rapidly expanding bioeconomy

BioVale will help our region to improve its uptake of the latest agricultural science and technologies and make the most of the UK’s Agri-tech Strategy.

Sally Steadman, Head of External Relations and Agritech Lead Askham Bryan College