28 September 2017
Adam Henson, farmer and television presenter, received an honorary degree for services to the public understanding of agriculture.
He said: “Harper Adams is one of the best universities in the country. When I meet young people thinking about getting into that agricultural food supply chain, I tell them that they have to work hard, to study hard. We need bright young people and they need to get themselves to Harper Adams to get the best start.
“Students leaving Harper Adams will have had a great education, but they need to continue to use the university’s network and its name. There is a large network out there of people who are ex-Harper Adams students and people who recognise it as one of the best universities in the country. Today’s graduates need to call upon that network and to use the Harper Adams name as a badge of honour.
“The future farmer will need to be innovative and be able to spot opportunities and work with others. Collaboration is key – you cannot be brilliant at everything on your own. These are changing times but rather than be scared of change, you need to grab opportunities when you see them.”