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Cornish Mutual supports young farmers with £500 bursaries

Cornish Mutual is continuing its support for the next generation of farmers in the South West by once again offering its Young Farmer Bursaries. The bursaries are open to students studying a level 1-3 agriculture-based course at colleges in the South West.

“We’re delighted to be offering our Young Farmer Bursaries again,” said Peter Beaumont, Managing Director, of Cornish Mutual. “We were excited to see the level of passion for agriculture among last year’s applicants and see these bursaries as a very practical way of supporting those starting out in the industry.”

Somerset-based Alex Barback, a Level 3 Agriculture student at Bridgwater and Taunton College, received one of the first bursaries awarded last year: “I applied for the bursary to help make the most out of my college experience. It helped fund my college accommodation and gave me the chance to pursue agriculture at a high standard.”

One of four £500 bursaries is available to each college offering courses in agriculture across the South West, including Bridgwater and Taunton College (Cannington Campus). The bursaries form part of the Cornish Mutual Future Farming programme aiming to equip farmers to deal with the on-going changes in agriculture. It also includes a Next Generation Group for those aged 25 to 45 providing opportunities to expand their knowledge and skills for running a successful business.

Bursary applications are now open. 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’ to by 14th October 2022.

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