Food and Farming Student Day 19 June 2019
This highly popular event was held for the eighth 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 29 and 30 May 2019: 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 six years.
Grants awarded in 2018/19
A total of 47 students received grants from the Trust in 2018/19. Thirty eight were students of agriculture and related subjects, five were undertaking veterinary courses, and four farriery apprenticeships.
Under the category of Farming Education, sixteen 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 National Conference
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 Essex Agricultural Society's Schools' Farm Day, and the Gressenhall Open Farm Sunday. Also the Country Trust, and the East of England Agricultural Society's education programme.
Eleven research projects are currently receiving funding, including two at the University of Hertford on diseases of oilseed rape, one at Rothamsted on fungicide resistance, the ADAS spring oat project, 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.
The Chadacre Trust Scholarship at the University of East Anglia
The Trust awards an annual scholarship to the University of East Anglia to support a student studying for the MSc in Plant Genetics and Crop Improvement. Hannah Wright was the recipient in 2018. Her studies included modules looking at how biotechnology is used to facilitate plant research and plant breeding, and to target traits for crop improvement. Hannah has now secured a competitive CASE PhD studentship at the UEA to investigate nitrogen cycling in Rhizobium-legume symbiosis
Worshipful Company of Farmers: Education Programme 2019
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.
The grants in 2019 were awarded to five delegates from Suffolk and Essex.