Morley Agricultural Foundation Partners with AFTP and the University of Nottingham for two-day Experimental Design and Statistics Workshop

The AFTP were delighted to host David Jones, Farm Manager for the Morley Agricultural Foundation and twelve colleagues last week for a specialist statistics workshop at the University of Nottingham’s Sutton Bonington campus.

The course was sponsored by the Morley Agricultural Foundation, who provided ten 50% bursaries which were made available to small companies and non-profit organisations.

David spoke to the AFTP during the course last week and explained the reasons behind the Foundation’s decision to sponsor the event: “The Morley Foundation has a history of funding education and research and enabling practitioners to improve their technical and scientific understanding of agricultural issues.  As a Farm Manager on a busy multi-use 650 hectare site, I need to be able to understand the outcomes from the various trials we run on our plots. I was looking for training that would be accessible and understandable for agricultural practitioners working in the field.”

David contacted Professor Debbie Sparkes from the University of Nottingham, who was previously known to the Foundation. Debbie regularly runs the AFTP’s ‘Statistics and Experimental Design for Bioscientists’ course, in addition to working closely with the British Beet Research Organisation, who regularly send delegates on to the AFTP’s ‘Advanced Sugar Beet Production and Management’ course.

Debbie was able to compile a bespoke programme that was relevant and covered the key techniques that David and his colleagues needed in order for them to appreciate, understand and interpret trials reports and papers.

As part of the course, the group were able to use relevant statistical analysis packages and practice techniques using mock trial examples. 

David said: “Although the course was challenging in parts, it was pleasing to see colleagues work through many of the examples provided by Debbie and take the results of the training back in to the workplace. It gives us all a greater ability as customers to challenge the statistics presented by suppliers or research organisations and make informed buying or selection decisions.”

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