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Duchy College Rural Business School is at the cutting edge of positive development in rural industry
An organisation that combines education, training, business support and applied research for rural industries.

Latest Projects

Future Farm

2 Minute Farmer (2MF)

Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB)

Precision Management of Dairy Cow Bolus Project

Challenge of Rural Leadership

The future for Rural Industries has never been more challenging

Rural Business Research

The largest specialist group of its kind in the UK

Applied Research

Working with farmers to deliver solutions
The Rural Business School prides itself on being able to deliver a programme of research and technology transfer capacity in the land based sector.

Latest News & Events

“Titan” of rural education and development retires

After 15 years with Duchy College, we bid a fond farewell to Richard Soffe. During his time as Director of the Rural Business School (RBS) Richard has helped generations of farmers and land managers Richard Soffe, a “titan” of land-based education, research and rural development, is retiring from his college career to lead a team…

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Virtual Field Day: Multispecies Leys

Date and Time Thu, 21 May 2020 11:30 – 13:00 This virtual event is part of a 2 part series in a collaboration between Agricology, Duchy College, AgriTech Cornwall, FABulous Farmers, CFE , FWAGSW and Rothamsted Research. Multispecies leys combine complementary grass, legume and herb species. A more diverse sward can provide greater resilience to…

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World-renowned rural leadership course hailed huge success

One of the world’s leading rural leadership courses is celebrating the conclusion of another successful year.The Challenge of Rural Leadership course, now in its 24th year, was lauded by delegates and organisers. Managed by the Rural Business School (RBS) at Duchy College, part of The Cornwall College Group, on behalf of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, delegates…

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“The training allowed me to make more money through sheep shearing. It also meant that the sheep get a better cut, with fewer scratches from the clippers. Since I have been shearing the availability of the training course have meant that more local people are staying in the industry.”
Andrew Pennington
"The great thing about the Healthy Livestock initiative is that it enables our practice to perform preventative medicine on BVD, Mastitis, Johne's, and Lameness in greater depth. Some might find it quite prescriptive, but it guarantees a comprehensive approach to all our farmers."
Peter Plate - Damory Vets, Blandford