NFU MUTUAL already insures nearly three-quarters of the UK's farmers – but with its student scheme, it is turning its attention to the next generation.

The Mutual is to hand bursaries of £3000 each to four UK students commencing agricultural studies at university this autumn. The bursaries can be used to cover anything over the duration of students' studies from tuition fees and living costs to work experience.

News of the opportunity comes not long since both A-Level and Scottish SQA results were released.

Charlie Yorke, co-ordinator of the award scheme, said: “We want to help encourage students who have the potential to become agriculture’s future leaders."

Applicants must have been accepted on an undergraduate agricultural course starting this autumn, or one which includes elements of agriculture or rural business management.

“This is the third year NFU Mutual has offered the Award, and it’s been great to see how the first group of award winners used the bursary – such as fund extra courses which have increased their skills base and made them more employable,” Mr Yorke continued.

Those interested should apply at by Sunday 1 October.