Riseholme College teams up with international plant breeding firm

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Lincolnshire’s agricultural college has teamed up with an international plant breeding company to help train the county’s future farmers.

Riseholme College has agreed a new partnership with Secobra Recherches, which will see the company have their new UK base at the college’s Showground Campus, on Lincolnshire Showground.

Secobra has established a worldwide reputation for its expertise and is launching a new malting barley breeding programme in Lincolnshire, aiming to breed new varieties for the North European market.

The new partnership with Riseholme College will:

  • Provide students with the chance to take part in applied research projects with the Secobra team
  • Give students work experience and apprenticeship opportunities with Secobra
  • Establish a new plant breeding programme at Riseholme College
  • Allow Risholme and Secobra to share expertise and a range of educational, research and other services

Bill Meredith, Acting Chief Executive and Principal of Riseholme College, said: “I am absolutely delighted to be able to announce this new partnership.

“Secobra is an internationally-renowned plant breeding company and the expertise of its team in Lincolnshire will now help Riseholme train the county’s future farmers.

“Students will take part in research projects with the Secobra team, building of their knowledge and experience of the sector and improving their employability and future career prospects.”

Secobra’s Barley Breeder for Europe North, Paul Bury, said: “We are really excited to be able to base our new breeding programme at Riseholme College and to work with the team there to share some of our knowledge and skills with the next generation.”