Kaleb Cooper, farming’s new poster boy, shares his new career move, which helps fledgling farmers find their wings.
Shooting to fame as Jeremy Clarkson’s right-hand man, or boss, depending on your opinion, Kaleb is now joining forces with the Royal Agricultural University to launch a new bursary for those looking to follow in his footstep.
The Clarkson’s Farm star hopes to help those looking for a career in agriculture. Cooper, a farm contractor himself, has been working on farms since he was a schoolboy and wants to share his passion with the next generation.
Launching the new bursary to students at Cirencester University on Thursday Kaleb said: “Farming is who I am. Encouraging the younger generation into agriculture has always been so important to me.
“I feel lucky that I knew my path from such an early age and want to help spread that passion and drive. Launching this bursary means so much, as it can support students who want to pursue an agricultural career or who might be struggling to get into farming.”
Sharing his news on Instagram, the Clarkson’s Farm star said: “It means a lot to me to share this announcement today. I truly believe Agriculture is for anybody no matter your background and having come from a non-farming family myself I want to encourage others with the passion and determination to pursue their career within the industry.
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“The ‘Kaleb Cooper Bursary’ will be open for Royal Agricultural University students to apply this September and support the successful applicant through their studies and work placement!”
To bursary provides students with a £3,000 bursary to help them explore different paths into the agricultural world along with work placements with Kaleb and other industry partners.
Open to RAU undergraduates who live in the UK, application open in September with the first students to receive their award in early 2024.
RAU Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter McCaffery said: “We are delighted that Kaleb has chosen to support RAU students through this bursary. His passion for farming comes through loud and clear in his appearances on Clarkson’s Farm and he has definitely helped bring farming and agriculture even more into the public eye.
“This bursary will help to give the successful applicant the chance to follow their dreams and pursue a career in agriculture as Kaleb himself did. We are very excited to be working with him.”
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