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NIAB Agronomy Cup

NIAB Agronomy Cup

The NIAB Agronomy Cup is an annual unique trials-based crop challenge begun in 2012. It aims to engage with the next generation of agricultural advisors and crop scientists whilst showcasing practical agronomic science and crop research.

Open to agriculture and crop science students from universities and colleges across the UK the competition is based on the outcome of a team’s agronomy, farm management and agricultural decision-making skills.

But it differs from other crop trial competitions as these agronomic decisions are tested on fully-replicated field plots at a NIAB TAG trials site local to the team, rather than as a desk-based challenge or at a single central location. In this way the competition emphasises the importance of field observations, basing decisions on those observations and then understanding and interpreting the results from field trials. It also shows how local conditions may lead to differing agronomic decisions compared to a national view.

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Download the NIAB Agronomy Cup application form


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All teams are encouraged to tweet us photos of your trial visits @NIABTAG using the hashtag #NIABAgronomyCup. Please keep in contact with NIAB’s communications team with updates and pictures throughout the season, for publicity use.



For further information contact Ian Midgley, NIAB TAG National Trials Co-ordinator on 01223 342200

Former winners

2017 - Winners to be announced soon... watch this space

2016 - Duchy College

2015 - Newcastle University

2014 - Royal Agricultural University

2013 - Easton and Otley College

2012 - Harper Adams University


The John Forrest Memorial Award Communications Course

The John Forrest Memorial Award is a great opportunity for young agriculturalists, researchers and scientists looking to improve their communication skills to help in their future career.

The Award takes the form of an annual residential communications training course, held over three days, and is provided by Green Shoots Productions, specialists in media and communication training. The tenth annual course will be held in the first week of January 2019. We will shortly share details about the the application process.

The Award is offered free of charge to eight East Anglian agriculturists for whom good communication skills are expected to be integral to their careers. Preference is for young people who are expected to take a leading role in some aspect of agriculture in the future.

Candidates should apply by informal letter or email giving details of background, education, career and aspirations, and say how they will benefit and why they should be considered. Information and applications should apply by email to Colin Smith with the subject John Forrest Award.

The award is in memory of John Forrest an innovative Suffolk farmer and a past chairman of the Felix Cobbold Trust and The Morley Agricultural Foundation