Harper Forum Report

Harper Forum report - Velcourt

(Original article By Tom Whittaker)







On Thursday 22nd October Harper Forum welcomed Nick Shorter, Farms Director

at Velcourt, Europe’s leading farming company. He spoke about “How to succeed – A Farm Management career in the 21st Century”.

During the talk he outlined the opportunities, challenges and expectations of graduates coming into farming as well as the background to Velcourt which has 80 separate farm businesses from Northumberland to Devon and farms by the principles of: Co-operation, Financial Discipline and Technical Innovation. He also gave details about farming’s biggest challenges including meeting global demands, managing risk and looking after big business.

Velcourt offer scholarships of £3,500 per academic year for both the arable and dairy sectors with the aim of recruiting and developing the best at an early stage and for the scholars join the management team.