FINALIST FOR AGRICULTURAL STUDENT
OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by: Kubota

Alice Clews

Harper Adams University

Alice first become involved with agriculture when she joined Tadcaster and Wetherby YFC in 2009 where she quickly became involved in the competitions from public speaking to stockjudging and sports.

As the current secretary of Easingwold YFC, Alice has developed a passionate interest in crop management and has recently graduated with a 2.1 in BSc (Hons) Agriculture with Crop Management.

Her interest was further inspired when she undertook a course in worm farming as a nod to the increasing importance of soil health and management and also complementing her main areas of study. Alice’s dissertation – where she investigated rooting traits in wheat varieties – was awarded the Agriculture Award at Cereals in recognition of the positive impact it may have on British agriculture in the future.

Achieving many academic and practical accolades during her time at Harper, Alice was also publicity officer of HAU Cereals Challenge team and has completed the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Training Award. She is particularly keen to pursue some freelance journalism to encourage younger people into agriculture and to discuss crop protection with her peers and beyond in the future.

Determination

Alongside her studies, Alice played for the ladies hockey team and in 2015 was awarded a scholarship to travel to New Zealand to work on an 8,000 acre unit for four months.

In 2016, she took part in a YFC volunteering trip to Jamaica to build a farm for a children’s home, which inspired her to undertake a raft of other charity work including a 50-mile trek to Machu Picchu during her final year of study. Her charitable efforts has seen her raise just under £4,000.

Following a successful placement with Syngenta has seen her join the team full time as a field triallist where she will them complete BASIS and taking on FACTS in the future with the aim of achieving the BASIS Diploma.

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