Food and Farming Student Day 21 June 2017
This highly popular event was held for the sixth year at Hollow Trees Farm, Semer near Ipswich, by kind permission of Sally and Robert Bendall. The event was organised by a partnership of Hollow Trees Farm, Easton & Otley College, Suffolk Agricultural Association and Suffolk Education Business Partnership Ltd with support from local employers, and was sponsored by the Chadacre Agricultural Trust. The event provides an opportunity for 13-15 year-old Suffolk students to learn about agriculture and the huge range of career options offered by the Food and Farming Industry, such as careers in crop production, agricultural engineering, research, food, sales, marketing and conservation. The students were split into small groups and escorted by stewards from the farming industry to the eight interactive workshops around the farm.
Suffolk Show 31 May and 1 June 2017: Young Handlers' Competition
The Trust has sponsored the Young Handlers' Competitions - Pigs and Sheep, at the Suffolk Agricultural Association's shows for the past twenty four years.
Grants awarded in 2016/17
A total of 57 students received grants from the Trust in 2016/17. Thirty one were students of agriculture and related subjects, five were undertaking veterinary courses, seven farriery apprenticeships, and one student of agricultural engineering.
Under the category of Farming Education, eleven grants were awarded, including those to the Suffolk and the Norfolk Federations of Young Farmers' Clubs, the Royal Agricultural University's Farm Management Development Programme, and the IAgSA Farm Office Handbook update.
Much emphasis is placed on teaching children and young people about farming and food production, the Trust sponsoring a wide range of activities. These include the Suffolk Agricultural Association's Schools' Farm and Country Fair, and Food and Farming Student Day, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association's Spring Fling, the Norfolk Schools' Food and Farming Challenge, the Essex Agricultural Society's Schools' Farm Day, and the East Essex Food and Farming Group's Schools' day. Also the Holt and District Farmers' Club's Sixth Form Student Day, and the East of England Agricultural Society's education programme.
Six research projects are currently receiving funding, two at the University of Hertford on diseases of oilseed rape, one at Harper Adams University on ventilation systems for pig buildings, the ADAS spring oat project, the Vegetable Consultancy Services' trials to control diseases in onions, and the Stowmarket Wheat Yield project.
Veterinary student news
The Trust supports veterinary students with the aim of encouraging them to take up careers in the farming industry.
Therefore priority is now given to students undertaking Extra Mural Studies and Elective projects involving production animals.
Essex Agricultural Society: Schools' Food & Farming Day: 7 June 2017
This is an annual event, held at Writtle College, enabling 3,000 Essex school children aged between 7 and 11 and their teachers to take part in interactive educational exhibits, giving pupils and teachers a better understanding of farming, food production and the Essex countryside. All exhibitors at the event give their time free of charge, and reliance is placed on the support of Essex farmers and connected businesses. The organisers visit schools before and after the event, encouraging them to incorporate what they have learnt into the schools' curricula. The Trust has provided grants to support this event since 2008.
Institute of Fund Raising Award
The Trust, nominated by The Country Trust, was the winner of the of the Best Grant Giver in the Institute of Fundraising Regional Awards for 2016. Mr Garnham and Mr Wallace accepted the award on behalf of the Trust.
Worshipful Company of Farmers: Education Programme 2018
The Trust provides grants to support delegates attending the Worshipful Company of Farmers' Advanced Course in Agricultural Business Management, and the Challenge of Rural Leadership course.
Matthew Hague attended the Challenge of Rural Leadership course in January 2018, and writes:
''The course combines a number of workshops developing leadership, management and decision making skills with team working exercises and a detailed strategic review of a local agribusiness to enable delegates to develop their own capabilities. In addition there are numerous inspirational talks from leaders across the rural sector and beyond who are able to discuss in detail the challenges they face within their organisations and personally. An amazing and extremely valuable course, and I am extremely grateful to the Chadacre Agricultural Trust for their contribution towards the WCF education fund.''