The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) is fully funding a trip for three young British scholars to Germany attend the flagship Agritechnica Show inHannover, Germany later this year.
The OFC launched the OFC Travel Scholarship earlier this year in association with Young DLG, the young member network of the German AgriculturalSociety (DLG).
The winning applicants all attended the 2015 as sponsored scholars and are:
Nicola Blowey, from Tavistock, Devon, is a third year BSc Agriculture student atHarper Adams University who is currently on a 12 month work placement on a260-cow dairy farm near Stafford;
JenniThompson, a farmers daughter from Oxfordshire who graduated from Harper AdamsUniversity. She has since qualified as a secondary science teacher and works for a UK farming charity;
RobertYardley, who works on an arable and grain unit in Cheshire and is studying part-time for an FdSc in Agriculture at Reaseheath College.
In addition to attending Agritechnica, the trio will participate in the YoungDLG annual conference which is being held at the same time. Robert Yardley will represent the OFC in presenting to the Young DLG about farming in Britain, and specifically his region.
As part of the association, two Young DLG board members, Stefan Crammand Malte Isermeyer attended the 2015 OFC in January of this year.
“The aim of the exchange is to give young people involved in British and German agriculture a networking and learning opportunity at the leading agricultural events in Germany and the UK, and for them to meet like-minded driven youngsters, from other countries,” explains OFC Director, MartinDavies.
Opportunities like these at a young age can have a massive impact on future careers and personal confidence, as well as encouraging life-long networks. The OFC is firmly committed to supporting its scholars, with over 50places at the conference every year funded by a variety of supporting organisations and charities.
Commenting on the news of her win, Jenni Thompson said: Agritechnica isa centre for the world’s agri business so I am really looking forward to learning more about developments in the industry from an international perspective.
During this trip I hope to meet a range of likeminded people with a passion for this fantastic industry. I want to use this opportunity to learn more about developments in agriculture and the role it plays in decision-making in other countries. I am looking forward to developing a bigger network of contacts in the industry to support my current job role as well as provide a useful insight into the sectors opportunities. I am looking forward to seeing what innovative approaches exist in other countries that either encourage new entrants and new ideas or empower existing people in the agricultural industry to harness and develop their skills for success.
I am passionate about the integral role agriculture has in a nation’s ability to survive and thrive. I really look forward to learning how agriculture is valued in other countries and whether there is anything we can learn in the UK, to further raise the profile of the agricultural industry beyond the sector.
Robert Yardley said: I am delighted to be attending this years Agritechnica, as a scholar from Reaseheath College. I hope to re-establish the connections made with DLG scholars at the Oxford Farming Conference earlier this year, and learn from their valuable experiences. I am looking forward to learning from other EU countries, in particular, how they manage volatile markets, and how they increase productivity and efficiency through the uptake of new technologies.
Adding her thoughts, Nicola Blowey added: I’m really looking forward to meeting other young farmers and hearing how they are getting involved in agriculture in their countries. I think it will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about global agriculture and to see how other new entrants such as myself are finding successful routes into the industry.
The OFC Travel Scholarship will be open to scholars attending the 2016 Oxford Farming Conference which will run from 5-7 January 2016 at OxfordUniversity.