Kent Rural Scholar studies new Regenerative Agriculture course

November 2020

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

Writtle University College (WUC) is pleased to announce that first year student, Morgan Tasker, has been awarded a bursary by the Kent County Agricultural Society. The organisation promotes the study of land-based courses by supporting promising students from the KCAS area.

Morgan was named a 'Kent Rural Scholar', after being accepting to study BSc (Hons) Agriculture (Regenerative Systems and Livestock) at WUC.

He said: "It made me feel proud of myself as I worked hard to get into Writtle University College and the bursary will greatly help with my studies. It made me more determined to do well and knuckle down, as I am representing the Kent County Agricultural Society."

Morgan, who is from Maidstone, previously studied agriculture at Hadlow College and spent his free time working on farms to increase his practical experience. The university course he has chosen to study at WUC is the first of its kind in the UK.

The Regenerative Agriculture programme encompasses thinking across conservation agriculture, agro-ecology, climate smart agriculture, carbon farming, technology use, and integrated management practices. It recognises the shifting emphasis and changing direction of the agricultural industry as a result of political, economic, social and environmental influences.

Morgan explained: "I believe farming regeneratively is the future of agriculture as we need to be more conscious of the impact food production has on the environment. Therefore, I felt it was important to learn the ins and outs so that I can apply these methods when I have my own farm in the near future.

"Going to Writtle University College will enable me to develop my management skills so that I can be successful when I enter the industry."

Morgan plans to work with livestock and will have the opportunity to take a holistic approach that includes sustainable farming and livestock production systems.

Dr Anya Perera, Head of School for Sustainable Environments & Design, said: "We're delighted by Morgan's success and Kent County Agricultural Society's ongoing support for students within land-based disciplines.

"The agricultural industry needs a new generation of skilled graduates, able to think across disciplines and problem solve by applying fresh thinking and new approaches. Morgan and his course-mates are taking a progressive approach to farming production systems that encompasses sustainable practice and responds to political, economic and scientific change."

For more information on Writtle University College's Regenerative Ariculture courses, visit: https://writtle.ac.uk/agriculture