07 July 2022

Applications are now open for the 2018 Three Counties Agricultural Society Bursary in Memory of Joe Henson MBE, open to students who reside in the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, studying agriculture or related subjects.

Joe was a highly regarded member of the Three Counties Agricultural Society and a past President; it was through his vision and passion for Rare Breeds that sees them championed on ‘Rare Breeds Sunday’ of Royal Three Counties Show. The Joe Henson Bursary supports up to a maximum of three years of study, with £1,000 per annum provided each year to two students. This tribute seeks to encourage those within the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire to explore the diverse careers available in the industry.

The Henson family legacy continues at the Three Counties with Joe’s son Adam Henson, presenter of BBC Countryfile and an ambassador for the Society. Adam said: “The family are absolutely delighted with the bursary and believe that Joe would have been so thrilled. It is an amazing tribute, besides being something with which Joe would have been so proud to be associated.”

Applications will close on 1 July 2018. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible thereafter. To apply, please complete the bursary application form.


Emily Jones was the recipient of the bursary last year, below you can read how Emily has found her first year at university.

Emily is a passionate Young Farmer living in South Herefordshire. In September 2017 she was awarded the Three Counties Agricultural Bursary in Memory of Joe Henson MBE to support her studying BSc (Hons) Agri-Business at Harper Adams University.

Emily said ‘My first year of Uni is nearing an end – and what a year it has been! I am absolutely loving Harper Adams and in particular, studying my course, Agri-Business. The course is very broad and covers a wide range of modules including Animal and Crop Production, Logistics and Distribution, Agri-food Marketing, Assessment of the Farm Business and Business Data Analysis.’

Emily has had a successful first year gaining exam marks of 81% in Crop Production Systems and 84% in Assessment of the Farm Business. In her second year she has chosen to study Fresh Produce and Integrated Crop Management alongside the compulsory modules which include Sales and Customer Service, Farm Business Management, Farm Assurance and Quality, and Business Communication Technology.

On receiving the bursary Emily said ‘Receiving the Three Counties Agricultural Society’s bursary has not only reduced the financial burden of studying at University but has also allowed me to purchase textbooks and resources for wider reading, which has been beneficial in finding essential information necessary to complete assignments, as well as useful in building up my knowledge of the agricultural sector. I feel very honoured to have received this bursary and would encourage other students wishing to study a land-based degree to apply.’