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Bursary scheme supports the next generation of farmers

Agricultural students and apprentices have until October 14 to apply for a Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursary.

The bursaries are open to students studying a Level 1-3 agriculture-based course at four colleges in the South West, including Bridgwater & Taunton College. One student at each college will be awarded a bursary of £500 to support course-related costs.

To apply, students should submit either a 500-word essay, 20-image photo essay, or 2-minute video or podcast answering the question ‘Why I want to be part of British agriculture’.

The bursaries are part of Cornish Mutual’s Future Farming Programme, which also supports those at the next stage of their agricultural career. The Next Generation Group, aimed at 25 to 45-year-olds, provides opportunities to expand knowledge and skills through an exclusive calendar of free events.

Each month, the Future Farming Programme also hears from leaders and farmers across the industry. Covering a range of topics from technology and innovation to the environment, mindset and succession, it blends expert advice and real-life experience.

Recently, it explored the importance of mindset when faced with change and heard from Stephen Dennis, the South West Regional Lead for FCN, a charity which supports farmers during challenging times. Advice was also given by Gemma Sparks, a Somerset-based farm business consultant, and a family farm explained why they made the move from beef and sheep to dairy production.

To learn more about the Future Farming Programme and to apply for the Young Farmer Bursary, visit:

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