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2017 IAgrM FarmPlanner Winners Harper Adams University

Date Published: 12/05/2017

Congratulations to the team from Harper Adams University who have won the finals of this year’s IAgrM FarmPlanner competition which took place on Wednesday this week. The finalists of the 2017 IAgrM FarmPlanner competition where Bishop Burton College, Harper Adams University and Newcastle University and in the words of the farm manager Jon Birchall the standard of entry was exceptional which resulted in a challenge for the judges as it took a long time for themto agree on the winner.

The winners of this year’s competition in addition to the trophies supplied by Farmplan, will be attending the International Farm Management Congress in Edinburgh which is taking place from the 2nd to the 7th July 2017  curtesy of sponsorship by Bayer.

The IAgrM FarmPlanner competition has been running since 1993 and is arranged annually by the Institute of Agricultural Management with the support of Farmplan & Farmers Weekly and joined this year by Bayer. The overall aim of the Farmplanner is to promote the role of all aspects of business planning in modern farm management. Clearly, in these changing times for British agriculture, there is a chance to look at new options and consider a fresh approach to old established practices.

The 2016/17 Host Farm was Rea Farm, Upton Magna, Shrewsbury SY4 4UB. They set 4 questions relating to the business and its development and the 11 teams that originally entered the competition had the opportunity to visit, meet with the farm manager and his support team, following which they produced a report with their recommendations.

The competition has a couple of simple rules covering the teams:

●             Each educational establishment is allowed to enter one team of no more than 5 members of which at least 3 will have attended the farm visit.

●             Each educational establishment is allowed up to 10 attendees at the farm visit.

If you would like your farming business (or know a potential one) to be the subject for the next competition please contact us.