With a variety of training opportunities available for farmers to improve their professional development, FG rounds up some of the best courses available.
The Worshipful Company of Farmers runs the Challenge of Rural Leadership course, which is a two week residential course delivered by Duchy College. This course tackles understanding and awareness of strategic issues likely to affect your own business, become a better motivator and communicator, help to increase the influence of the rural community, nationally and internationally and to gain a greater insight into the political, financial and environmental challenges affecting the future of rural industries. The Worshipful Company of Farmers provides some sponsorship for delegates.
Visit Duchy College Rural Business School for more info
The Worshipful Company of Farmers also runs an Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management, which is delivered by the Royal Agricultural University. The objective of the course is to develop understanding of the business environment and to improve the capacity of individuals to operate effectively. This is done by interacting with influential business leaders, conducting case studies and by learning from the experience of other delegates.
Visit www.farmerslivery.org.uk for more info
The Institute of Agricultural Management runs national and regional events, with 20 local branches. It is the organisation for people engaged in farm management in the UK and is funded almost entirely by membership subscriptions. It runs an annual conference and a national farm visit. It also runs a three-week course every second year on Agricultural Leadership, which is delivered by the Royal Agricultural College, and involves a week spent at the RAC, a week in London and a week in Brussels looking at how the industry works, particularly in political terms.
For more info go to www.iagrm.org.uk
Nuffield offers a range of farming scholarships each year to people involved in the agriculture industry who are aged 45 and under. Nuffield looks for new applicants every year, and applications close around mid-November. It also holds an annual conference where returning scholars present their reports and meet with fellow scholars from other years.
Visit www.nuffieldscholar.org/ to find out more
For more information on the international side of Nuffield, and to find out what younger farmers from other countries are interested in and studying
Go to www.nuffieldinternational.org for more info
Mainly for farmers and those involved in agriculture in the south of England, the John Edgar Trust runs an in-depth management course. The next course is scheduled to take place between November 2010 and March 2013.
Visit www.johnedgartrust.org.uk to find out more
A sponsored place on the Agri-Food MBA at Cranfield School of Management is available every two years, funded by Belton Cheese founder John Beckett. Worth almost £33,000, the MBA has already been tackled by two people from the agriculture industry, and more applications are sought.