Three teams with students and postgraduates at Wageningen University and Van Hall Larenstein have won prizes in the 'Best Farmer in Holland' simulation game.
Risk-spreading was a strategy shared by two ex-fellow students of Rijpkema's, also graduates in Agrotechnology. Aldert van der Veen and Arjan Vroegop won first prize in the Agribusiness category: a hot air balloon trip. Rijpkema will be allowed to join them.
Besides the digital game, participants presented their business in a short film on which viewers could vote online. The team with the most viewer votes was that of Eline Spalink, a third year student of Agricultural Entrepreneurship at Van Hall Larenstein in Leeuwarden. This won the team third prize in the Farmers category.
Eline teamed up with a good friend with an arable farm. Her parents have a dairy farm. So the pair went for a combination of dairy and arable. 'You should do what you feel at home doing', says Spalink.