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‘Norfolk scholars’ attend Oxford Farming Conference

February 1, 2017 by  
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Two local farmers attended last month’s Oxford Farming Conference courtesy of the Norfolk Scholar programme, which is run by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association in association with property consultants Bidwells.

Luke Paterson, 34, lives in North Walsham and manages his own 400ha farm – as well as working as an independent broker for his own company, Paterson Ag. He was joined by Emily Page, 26, from a family farm near Great Yarmouth.

The Norfolk Scholar programme was designed to underpin the future of the region’s agriculture sector and it is now in its fourth year. Held over three days each January, the Oxford Farming Conference is one of the industry’s foremost events.

Mr Paterson said the programme had given him the opportunity to discuss farming’s challenges with industry leaders and professionals. “I am honoured to have been selected as the 2017 Norfolk Scholar and there was no better way to start the year than by attending such a fantastic event.”

Ms Page, who works for Frontier as an agronomist, said: “Attending the Oxford Farming Conference was hugely important in terms of developing my career and helping to broaden my knowledge and perspective of the ever changing agricultural industry.”

The Norfolk Scholar programme enables two people aged between 18 and 35, who live, work or study in Norfolk, to attend the Oxford Farming Conference. Over the years the scholarship has attracted dozens of applications.

Greg Smith, chief executive of the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, said: “We have a strong focus on encouraging and developing bright young people for the agricultural industry. Both Emily and Luke are great exemplars and I am sure will benefit hugely from the experience.”

James Brooke, head of Bidwells’ farm and rural agency said: “We are pleased that the Norfolk Scholar initiative is able to support two more talented individuals and offer them the opportunity to attend this highly regarded event. Once again the standard of applicants was extremely high.”