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Investors are the lifeblood of our organisation.

Returning scholars will add significant value to the initial financial investment made by an investor over the subsequent years.

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia invests in research, leadership, innovation and learning to support industries that do not have their own research and development function, new and emerging industries, and the issues that affect the whole of agriculture.

Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is the trusted and independent national animal health body in Australia, bringing together government and industry to deliver animal health and biosecurity. AHA advocates for, drives solutions and takes a whole-of-sector approach to ensure the long-term success of Australia’s animal health and biosecurity system.

ANZ Bank

ANZ has banked Australian Agribusiness since 1865 and is a proud supporter of the industry. Through the provision of insights and financial solutions, ANZ looks forward to continuing the work with our customers and industry to meet the growing global demand for safe, premium quality food and fibre, which the industry is well positioned to deliver.


Australian Agricultural Company

AACo is a world-leading provider of beef and agricultural products. It owns and operates a balance of properties, feedlots and farms comprising around seven million hectares of land, equating to roughly 1% of Australia’s land mass. AACo was established in 1824, the oldest continuously operating company in Australia.

Australian Wool Innovation

AWI is a not-for-profit enterprise that conducts research, development and marketing along the worldwide supply chain for Australian wool on behalf of about 60,000 woolgrowers that help fund the company. Their mission is to make strategically targeted investments to enhance the profitability, international
competitiveness and sustainability of the Australian wool industry. To do this, they invest along the global supply chain for Australian wool to deliver outcomes that benefit Australian woolgrowers. 


CBH Group

The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from fertiliser to grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing. Owned and controlled by more than 3,600 Western Australian grain growing businesses, CBH’s core purpose is to sustainably create and return value to Western Australian growers, both current and future.


Consolidated Pastoral Company

Consolidated Pastoral Company (CPC) is an Australian managed, majority foreign owned Agrifood business with an enterprise value in excess of $850 million. It owns and operates 16 cattle stations with a carrying capacity of 400,000 head of cattle across 5.5m hectares of land.


Cotton Research and Development Corporation

The Cotton Research & Development Corporation (CRDC) delivers outcomes in cotton research, development and extension for the Australian cotton  industry.


Cotton Australia

Cotton Australia is the peak body for Australia’s cotton growing industry, supporting over 1500 cotton farming families in NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.


CSBP has been supplying fertiliser and nutritional services to Western Australia’s agricultural industry for over 100 years. CSBP has a proud history of supporting a range of groups as part of its ongoing commitment to the sustainability of WA agriculture and the vitality of local communities.


Elders has been a leading agribusiness in rural Australia since 1839 with a focus on helping people find success with their agricultural business.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between the Australian Government and fi sheries and aquaculture. It is a statutory corporation under the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (the PIRD Act) and is responsible to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Future Drought Fund

The $5 billion Future Drought Fund is an investment by the Australian Government to build drought resilience in Australia’s agriculture sector, landscapes and communities. Each year, $100 million is made available to help Australian farms and communities prepare for the impacts of drought. At least five scholarships are available per annum to applicants who wish to study drought resilience. More details here


Gardiner Foundation

Gardiner Foundation invests in emerging leaders and practices to help develop a vibrant, long-term future for the dairy industry and its communities.


GrainCorp is an integrated grain and edible oils business with a market leading presence in East Coast Australia (ECA). It is the largest grain storage and handling business in ECA and the number one edible oil processor and oilseed crusher in Australia and New Zealand. Over its 100+ year history, GrainCorp has created a global supply chain with quality infrastructure assets that store, process and facilitate the transportation of grains and edible oils.

Grain Industry Association of Western Australia

Established in 2008, the Grain Industry Association of Western Australia Inc (GIWA) is a not-for-profit, incorporated, whole of value chain member industry association. Its’ purpose is to support an effective and efficient Western Australian grain industry. GIWA facilitates communication, information exchange, capacity building and grain supply chain solutions for Western Australia.


Grains Research and Development Corporation

The Grains Research & Development Corporation is one of the world’s leading grains research organisations responsible for planning, investing in and overseeing research, development and extension to deliver improvements in production, sustainability and profitability across the Australian grains industry.


Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation is a not-for-profit, grower-owned Research and Development Corporation (RDC) for Australia’s $9.5 billion horticulture industry.

J M Roberts Charitable Trust 

The JM Roberts Charitable Trust was established in 2003 by the late John Roberts with a goal to provide additional funding to support and promote the well-being of our natural environment today and for generations to come. Specifically, the Trust has a focus in the areas of reducing land and soil degradation, clean waterways, re-vegetation, managing erosion and informing and educating the community and youth on the importance of land care.

Meat & Livestock Australia

Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) delivers marketing and research and development services for Australia’s cattle, sheep and goat producers. Funding comes from transaction levies paid on livestock sales, the Australian government and voluntary contributions from industry partners. MLA is a service provider to the red meat industry, not an industry representative body or lobby group.


The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), a division of the New South Wales Government, is responsible for the administration and development for agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, state forests, biosecurity, and crown lands in NSW.


NT Government

The Northern Territory Government is committed to supporting a flourishing economy underpinned by profitable and sustainable industries. This includes working with our partners to stimulate and sustain economic development throughout the Territory.

Plant Health Australia

Plant Health Australia is the national coordinator of the government-industry partnership for plant biosecurity in Australia. The purpose of PHA is for government and industry to have a strong biosecurity partnership that minimises pest impacts on Australia, enhances market access and contributes to industry and community sustainability.

PSP Investments

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is one of Canada’s largest pension investment managers with C$230.5 billion worth of net  assets under management as of March 31, 2022. It manages a diversified global portfolio composed of investments in public financial markets, private equity, real estate, infrastructure, private debt – and is a leading global investor in agriculture and timber through its Natural Resources group. The Natural Resources group focuses on partnering with best-in-class local operators committed to sustainability, employee health and safety, and being positive long-term contributors to their communities.



Rabobank Australia is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. In addition to agribusiness finance and business support, Rabobank provides access to a host of specialists whose expertise ranges from succession planning and business management education through to commodity price and foreign exchange risk management, as well as 90 international food and agribusiness analysts and an impressive global network of farming clients in 38 countries.



The RAS Foundation (RASF) was created in 2007 with a mission to support the development of sustainable and resilient regional and rural communities in Australia. Together with generous donations from supporters, the RASF provides community grants and educational scholarships to promote individual and community growth. To date, the RASF has supported over 700 rural scholarship students to reach their educational dreams and awarded vital community building funding to 145 organisations.


S. Kidman & Co

Founded in 1899 by Sir Sidney Kidman and continuing as a family owned company, the Kidman beef interests span 15 pastoral leases of approximately 80,000 square kilometres in three states and the Northern Territory. Kidman cattle stations produce grass-fed beef for export to Japan, the USA and South East Asia.

Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture 

The Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is a research institute at the University of Tasmania specialising in research, development, extension and education to support prosperous, innovative and sustainable agriculture and food sectors in Tasmania. TIA began in 1997 as a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, bringing together the human and physical resources of the Tasmanian Government with the scientifi c research and teaching capacity of the University of Tasmania.

William Buckland Foundation

The William Buckland Foundation provides funding to support activities, organisations and project which focus on the health and wellbeing, particularly children and young people, scientific and educational activities, particularly agriculture to create lasting benefit for the Victorian community.


Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation was established to benefit organisations or institutions involved in the medical research into diseases, and the alleviation of hardship of the aged and the sick. It also provides scholarship funding in areas such as agriculture.

Wine Australia

The Australian Grape and Wine Authority, which trades as Wine Australia, supports a competitive wine sector by investing in research, development and extension (RD&E), protecting the reputation of Australian wine and growing domestic and international markets through marketing and promotional activities.


As a major player in Australia's fresh food supply chain, Woolworths is proud to support initiatives that help drive innovation and bring new ways of thinking into the agricultural sector. We have been partners of Nuffield for over a decade and continue to see our investment adding value not only to the individuals that take part in the program but also beyond for the betterment of the wider industry.

Yulgilbar Foundation

The Yulgilbar Foundation is a family run Private Ancillary Fund and their area of focus is rural, regional and remote Australia and more specifically, on education, environment, capacity building and Alzheimer’s research.


Other Investors:

agCOMMANDER has been built from the ground up to fit small family farming operations and fully scalable to take care of the needs of the world’s largest farming enterprises. They have built customs farm management systems for clients operating the world’s largest operations in their sector.

Australian Dairy Conference

The Australian Dairy Conference was initiated by a group of leading dairy farmers, scientists and industry representatives from around Australia. The aim is to be the premier dairy event that inspires the industry, giving it pride in its achievements and generating optimism in its future.

Robert Gatenby Memorial Trust

Robert Gatenby was an innovative Tasmanian farmer and horticulturalist before his early death in 1992. Robert Gatenby’s estate, along with friends and associates, determined that a trust should be established to fund the development of talent in the Tasmanian agricultural sector.

Rural Bank

Rural Bank assists anyone who wants good value banking that’s simple to use. Their sole focus is to provide products and expertise to help clients take control of their money, stay on top of challenges and grab opportunities.

Tasmanian Alkaloids

Tasmanian Alkaloids is a fully-integrated manufacturer of controlled substances providing medicinal opiates from patented poppy varieties grown on Tasmanian farms. The business is committed to the highest quality standards, good manufacturing practice and reliable supply of products.

Westpac Agribusiness

For nearly 200 years, Westpac Agribusiness has shared a long and rich history and association with rural, remote and regional communities of Australia. It is committed to sharing the journey with the industry and ensuring they are strongly supported and positioned for growth now and into the future.


The Family of the late Lorna and Bert Kelly


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