Cumberland Agricultural Society (CAS) has launched a Cumbrian Rural Study Travel Scholarship for young farmers eager to learn about farming practices throughout the world.
Available to young farmers under the age of 30 in the CAS area, the scholarship will provide a contribution towards travel expenses to discover farming elsewhere in the world, whether its learning about pig production in Denmark, Dutch dairy farming, discovering how New Zealanders add value to their wool, or wanting to experience the ‘2000 mile harvest’ in the USA.
Up to two cash awards will be made annually; the maximum value of each will be £2000.
Robert Wharton, Chairman of the CAS said: "We have a huge pool of committed and dedicated young agriculturalists, across Cumbria and south west Scotland and we want to encourage them to spread their wings; bringing their knowledge and skills back to Cumbria.
"This will not only be of benefit to them personally, it will also be of benefit to their contemporaries and other businesses.
"We know that many young people would love to travel the world to learn more about their industry, but without the necessary resources, they are unable to do so.
"This support is their stepping stone to learn about agriculture from specialists in their field, on a global scale.”
"For any young farmer or person involved in Cumbria I just want to say that this scholarship is about knowledge sharing, and this may be your only chance, so fill in the application, get out there, learn some news skills and grasp this opportunity.”
To apply, prospective young travellers should:
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by the Society and the sponsors. Those that have a viable project, and can demonstrate the right attitudes will be awarded between £500 and £2000.
Up to 9 months will be given to complete their travel and to make their presentation.