The Royal Agricultural University has launched a residential farm management course for those about to start leadership roles or take on the family business.

The two-week programme has been developed with leading farmers and will cover topics such as marketing, communication, business planning, regulation and people management.

Delegates will stay at the Lincolnshire Showground from 24-28 November and at another site in April.

Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward, who helped develop the programme, said it would prepare delegates for the fast pace of change in agriculture and the early years of running a profitable business.

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“I just wish this type of course had been available when I started running the family farm,” he said.

The course costs £3,800, which includes all accommodation and food, and some sponsorship is available for East Anglian farmers from the Chadacre Agricultural Trust.

Applications must be in by 1 September and there is a maximum of 12 places.

For more information go online, email mailto:shelly.hampshire@rau.ac.ukor call 01285 652531.

The Worshipful Company of Farmers is also seeking applications for its 64th annual advanced agricultural business management programme.

The application deadline is 3 August for the course, held over three weeks in January and February 2015.