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Sainsbury’s unveils its first class of farming apprentices to boost Britain’s chronic shortage of young farmers

Sainsbury’s unveils its first class of farming apprentices to boost Britain’s chronic shortage of young farmers

Sainsbury’s first farming apprenticeship recruits began their course last week as they started to learn the skills needed to build Britain’s high-tech and innovative businesses of the future. The UK farming industry will need 60,000 new employees by 2020 just to replace retiring farmers, as fewer and fewer young people have entered the profession in […]

Closing date near for Lantra Learner of the Year Awards

Closing date near for Lantra Learner of the Year Awards

  Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based and environmental industries, is urging employers, colleges, teachers and trainers to put their nominations forward for the annual Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards, which take place on March 3rd 2016. The closing date for nominations is Friday 20th November, just two weeks […]

Sainsbury’s research reveals image problem could threaten the future of British farming

Sainsbury’s research reveals image problem could threaten the future of British farming

According to research by Sainsbury’s, the UK agricultural industry risks missing out on a new generation of young farmers due to outdated perceptions of what careers in the industry actually involve. Sainsbury’s is calling on young adults to consider a career in the sector as it opens applications for its horticultural and agricultural apprenticeship programmes […]

New research institute to improve productivity in agri-food sectors

New research institute to improve productivity in agri-food sectors

Seeking to support and enhance productivity in the agri-food sectors, the University of Lincoln has today announced the creation of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-food Technology. The Institute will capitalise on the University’s growing research and educational activity in the agri-tech and food sectors, including food manufacturing, agri-robotics, agronomy and animal science. Professor Mary Stuart, […]

Future of land-based education directed by new report

Future of land-based education directed by new report

Scottish colleges offering land-based education and training must engage more effectively with industry, schools and the wider community to ensure the sector’s growing employment needs are met, according to a new report, published today (06.08.15). Greater engagement would make colleges more aware of employers’ demands for robust skills training to ensure learners are equipped with […]

ReFood officially unveils its 2015 Sustainable Visionary

ReFood officially unveils its 2015 Sustainable Visionary

The UK’s leading food waste recycler, ReFood, has announced the winner of its Sustainable Visionaries student scholarship competition. Following a rigorous six-month judging process, Ronan Keane, a logistics and supply chain management student from Huddersfield University, was awarded the title and takes home a £5,000 bursary to further progress his studies. ReFood’s panel of waste […]

Research to improve dairy cow fertility

Research to improve dairy cow fertility

Research conducted by a final year Harper Adams University student could lead to improved detection of endometritis in dairy cows. Sarah Hurford, who studies BSc (Hons) Agriculture, has investigated post-calving infections of the reproductive tract, primarily endometritis, and associated risk factors. Endometritis is an infection of the inner layer of the uterus and has an […]

College produce is top of the class for Fera at Claridge’s

College produce is top of the class for Fera at Claridge’s

Diners at one of London’s top restaurants are feasting on edible flowers, microveg and microleaves grown by students at Pershore College. The college has been working with multi-Michelin-starred chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan to supply his London restaurant Fera at Claridge’s with a wide range of high quality edible crops. The students and staff, led […]

Farm Minister George Eustice to present awards to Writtle College FE students

Farm Minister George Eustice to present awards to Writtle College FE students

Writtle College will be holding its annual Presentation Day for Further Education students next Friday 26 June. This year, Farm Minister and Writtle College alumnus George Eustice MP will be presenting the awards during the ceremony, which will be held at All Saints Church, Writtle, for the first time. Mr Eustice studied Commercial Horticulture at […]

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