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Somerset student wins Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursary

Bridgwater & Taunton College student Alexander Barback has been awarded a Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursary. Having impressed the judges with his knowledge of the agricultural industry, Alex will receive £500 to support course-related costs.

Alex is studying for his Level 3 Diploma in Agriculture at the college’s Cannington Campus. After college he plans to pursue a career in farm management but hopes to travel abroad after leaving college.

“I’d really like to travel to different parts of the world to learn more about how they farm,” said Alex. “I’m particularly interested in understanding how new technology can be used to help farm in a more productive, sustainable, and efficient manner. However, I’d like to get my college diploma first, so this bursary will help to fund the equipment I need such as a laptop, overalls, wellies and waterproofs.”

The Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursary is part of the Future Farming Programme supporting the future of agriculture in the South West. Four bursaries have been awarded to students at agricultural colleges in the region. Applications were judged by a panel including Cornish Mutual Managing Director Peter Beaumont.

“We were hugely impressed in the quality of applications for our first Young Farmer Bursaries,” said Peter. “All applicants displayed a clear passion for agriculture, but Alex showed a clear understanding of the challenges facing the industry and a desire to be part of its future.”

To find out more about the Cornish Mutual Young Farmer Bursary, visit

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