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Agriculture students earn national recognition

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Agriculture students at Derby College Group have been highly commended in a national farm planning competition.

It was the first time that DCG’s Broomfield Hall land-based and leisure college had put a team forward for the Institute of Agricultural Management’s Farm Planner competition, which was held virtually this year and open to all UK Further Education and Higher Education colleges.

The DCG team comprised of five Level 3 first year students who were tasked to design a farm plan for competition hosts Blagdon Estate in Northumberland.

The students had to consider how to secure the long term future of Blagdon Estate using eco-friendly and sustainable methods for transforming 200 hectares of land into arable, livestock and woodland to support the farm shop.

Agriculture teacher Mark Ekin said: “The students did a fantastic job both with their research and presentation and we were delighted that they were highly commended – especially considering the winners were Higher Education students from the large and prestigious Scotland’s Rural College.

“It was a therefore a very commendable result on our first entry into this national competition and a great opportunity for the students to put the theory of modern farm management into practice.”

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