Updated: Oct 11, 2021
Taking Australian agriculture to the next level
TUESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2021
Australian agriculture’s best and brightest have been awarded prestigious Nuffield Scholarships to study topics as diverse as carbon sequestration and accounting, to drones and Australian native foods. The 12 scholarship recipients will each travel in Australia and overseas to research innovative concepts, techniques and systems that will make a positive impact on their businesses and the broader agricultural industry.
Thanks to the generous support of investors, each 2022 Scholar receives a $30,000 bursary to spend on travel in the next few years. They will visit, learn from and collaborate with some of the world’s leading agricultural businesses and research institutions.
Nuffield Australia CEO and 2013 Scholar, Jodie Redcliffe, says the Nuffield Scholarship program will give the producers and agribusiness professionals global perspectives that will help them learn, remain competitive and grow.
“We love the passion and ideas our new 2022 Scholars showed in their applications. Among the cohort, there’s a strong focus on finding and sharing innovations that can make Australian agriculture and its associated value chains more resilient to changes in the environment, regulations, markets and consumer expectations.
“For example, two of the scholars will research opportunities for farmers and graziers to store and capture carbon, and be fairly recognised for their contribution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.”
She says COVID-19 has hammered home that adaptability and leadership is crucial for all business.
“We are looking forward to working with this group who are driven to help their business and industry thrive now and into the future, as we navigate a world recovering from the pandemic.”
Jodie says Nuffield Australia is looking forward to borders reopening to allow the Scholars to conduct valuable research that they will share with industry.
“The first Nuffield Farming Scholarship was awarded in Australia 70 years ago, and we are proud to continue delivering scholarship programs that drive industry leadership, particularly through periods of change.”
WE THANK OUR 2022 SCHOLARSHIP INVESTORS:
THE 2022 SCHOLARS ARE: QUEENSLAND
Omid Ansari from Virginia. Supported by the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation, Omid will investigate how improved agronomy practices and purpose-built machinery and technologies can help Australian hemp growers.
Jasmine Boxsell from Biarra. Supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), Jasmine will assess carbon reduction and sequestration in Australian’s northern pastoral industry.
Luke Chaplain from Cloncurry. Supported by PSP Investments, Luke will explore commercial models for drone mustering and other ag-tech opportunities.
Jo Kelly from Bribie Island. Supported by AgriFutures Australia, Jo aims to accelerate the development of the emerging seaweed industry in Australia.
Jade King from Peachester. Supported by AgriFutures Australia, Jade will research agronomic practices to produce consistently high quality finger limes, to help expand the fruit’s market.
Jesse Moody from Cunnamulla. Supported by Rabobank, Jesse will investigate how to develop more resilient, drought-tolerant soils and pastures.
NEW SOUTH WALES
Munro Hardy from Sydney. Supported AACo, S. Kidman & Co, CPC and Elders, Munro will explore leveraging data to strengthen northern supply chains through simpler traceability and compliance.
Adam Williamson from Scone. Supported by AgriFutures Australia, Adam will explore ways to combat pasture compaction for thoroughbreds, for horse health and profitability.
Max Edgley from Kingston. Supported by JM Roberts Charitable Trust and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Max will study the opportunities for medicinal cannabis producers in Australia to build a sustainable future for the industry.
Colette Glazik from Ross. Supported by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), Colette will research fairer ways to audit the greenhouse gas emissions from wool production in Australia.
Jessica Conlan from Elmore. Supported by the William Buckland Foundation, Jessica will research better ways to finish lambs on grass.
Marlon Motlop from Woodville West. Supported by Woolworths, Marlon will study the history and cultural significance of native foods to Indigenous peoples in Australia and overseas.