Agriculture Students Prepare for a Challenge

Agriculture Students Prepare for a Challenge

Students from Askham Bryan College are battling it out to grow the best crop of winter wheat and win £1,000 in the Cereals Challenge 2012.

The challenge was launched on February 15 and aims to encourage a new generation of farmers and agronomists by giving them a plot of wheat to manage and sell. The competition, now in its third year, is organised by the UK’s leading farm business management company Velcourt and crop production specialists Hutchinsons.

Ken Shipley, Farms Director for the north and north east at Velcourt, says: “We run a scheme to train graduates to be Farm Managers and are actively looking for bright, enthusiastic students to join the company. The Cereals Challenge is an excellent opportunity for us to meet youngsters looking for a career in farming.”

Mike Young, of Hutchinsons, says: “We feel it is very important for us to work closely with colleges and universities. We want to support the new entrants that are joining the industry and offer them the best opportunity to develop a career in agronomy through our Hutchinsons Foundation Training Programme. This is an exciting opportunity for the students to get a feel for the role of an agronomist. Like all things the more you put in the more you get out of it.”

All of the team from Askham Bryan College in North Yorkshire are in their final year of a Foundation degree in agricultural land management. Matthew Hart is heading up the team and comes from a livestock farming family on Dovecote Farm in west Yorkshire. He says: “I entered the challenge for educational reasons, it’s nice to put things into practice rather than just learning the theory. It’s great to be working with Velcourt and Hutchinsons – they’re big players.” His fellow team members are Daniel Webb, from Doncaster, Sue Sutcliffe, who’s from Shipley, and Emma Chester, who owns a small flock of sheep in Dishforth, near Boroughbridge

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