Gemini Agriculture, the generic agrochemical business established by two former Certis executives, is offering a final year student prize to encourage more entrants into the agronomy profession.

The company was co-founded in 2015 by James Clovis, formerly Certis’ UK country head, and its UK sales manager James Kennedy. They are respectively managing director and commercial director of the new business, which they say is small and flexible enough to meet both niche and mainstream crop protection needs.

Gemini is offering a £350 cash prize for the best BSc Hons final year project dissertation on an agronomy related subject received by June 5th 2018, with a presentation to be made at the Cereals event.

“We decided to launch this award as a way of engaging the next generation of professionals joining the industry,” says Mr Kennedy. “My own experience over the last seventeen years has given me a fantastic insight in to the range of roles on offer – lifelong careers and opportunities within the UK can also open doors to European and global positions. Early, positive exposure to the manufacturing side of the agrochemical sector has the potential to support future collaboration – we’re delighted to be engaging with students in this way.”

Mr Clovis adds: “This is our inaugural award for students. We hope it will be a platform upon which we can continue to build strong links with agricultural colleges and universities over the coming years.”

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