Farmers of the future are being offered generous grants from the Duchy of Lancaster to study at a top Fylde coast college.
Myerscough College has partnered the royal estate to give those wishing to study agriculture an opportunity to apply for financial help.
The Duchy has announced the new student bursary scheme as part of its wider commitment to securing the future of Britain’s farming industry.
Students taking a three year degree course in agriculture at the Bilsborrow college will now be able to apply for financial support, up to £2,500 per year, from the Duchy of Lancaster via a bursary fund paid direct to the college.
The aim is to give students who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to study towards a career in the agricultural sector, help and support to become the next generation of farmers that the county needs.
Nathan Thompson, chief executive of the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “The bursaries have been set up as part of our commitment to and involvement with the farming industry.
“Each bursary will provide £2,500 per annum per student, with the total annual Duchy of Lancaster commitment amounting to £10,000 per annum by academic year 2015/2016.”
Ann Turner, principal and chief executive of Myerscough College, said: “We’re delighted the Duchy of Lancaster recognises that Myerscough is a key provider of agricultural courses.
“We are proud to welcome students from any background and this bursary help will go a long way to encouraging the next generation of farmers to apply to study with us.”
The direct bursaries for agriculture students undergoing a three year course are expected to be available in Autumn 2015.
A further £2,500 is to be given to the college to be distributed to students on reflection of their achievements.