Budding farmers urged to join course next month

YOUNG people looking to set up their own business in the farming industry in Cumbria are being urged to join a new programme to help them find their way.

The Jason Kanubus Fund supports young people aged 18 to 30 interested in setting up a farming related business with the next course taking place next month.

The Prince’s Trust programme, which is supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, takes place in Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales and is delivered by The Farmer Network.

Under the scheme young people get training to learn the basics about how to run a business. They also receive one to one support to support from a business mentor and will be able to apply for a grant or loan to help get their business started.

Mark Curr, from Newbiggin-on-Lune, was successful in getting funds from the programme in May 2012.

“This programme and fund has been really useful. Not only have I received funding, with a grant, plus a loan allowing me to buy extra ewes to build up my flock quickly, but I also have had free business advice and support from experienced people from start to finish, which has been invaluable. I would urge anyone to have a go and apply.”

The fund has supported a range of farming businesses since it was set up, including dairy farming, breeding mule sheep, hill farming, fencing and fabrication, breeding suckler beef cows, mobile sheep handling services and farm tractor maintenance.

Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training.

You must be aged 18-30 years old to apply.

To find out how to sign up to the next programme, please contact Jane Humphries on 01228 564140.

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