National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs

Fun, Learning, and Achievement

18 August 2009

graduationHave you ever thought of improving your business skills? Well now you can with the help of the MBA Agri-Farm Scholarship scheme.

Established four years ago by John Beckett, former chairman of Genus and NWF Group, the main objective of the scholarship is to offer farmers and agricultural professionals the opportunity to learn valuable business skills resulting in an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management, one of the world’s leading business schools.

The scholarship provides recipients with a substantial contribution to the tune of £28,000 toward the cost of studying. So far, three students have taken part in the scholarship and in June two of these formally graduated (Mark Hall and Richard Milligan-Manby) and were presented with their MBA, and the third (Dan Powell) will graduate early next year.

All three say the scheme has changed their lives for the better and equipped them with the knowledge and tools to improve and make changes to the businesses they are involved with.

The scholarship can be completed on a full-time one-year basis or part time spread over two years. Applications for the next scholarships are now being sought and the closing date is November so if you are interested or would like to find out more information about the scholarship scheme, visit or call 01234 754812.

Companies or organisations who would like to lend their backing and provide sponsorship to the charity would mean that more individuals within the industry could gain the business skills provided through the MBA. To pledge your support, please contact John Beckett at


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