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With the farming industry facing a challenging future, only those farms that are well managed are likely to thrive. To try to meet this challenge, Cranfield School of Management in the UK is offering carefully selected entrepreneurial farmers the opportunity of a £26,500 MBA scholarship.
The aim of the John Beckett agrifarm scholarship award - named after businessman and farmer John Beckett - is to demonstrate how farming in the UK can benefit from management education. The award covers the cost of tuition - either full-time or part time.
“There’s a requirement now for farmers to be more entrepreneurial, to better understand their markets and to get closer to their customers,” says Séan Rickard, director of MBA admissions at the school.
“The result of management education will be not only more efficient and profitable farms, but also a better managed countryside and sustainable environment,” he says.