The Northern Pastoral Scholarship was launched in 2018 by the Australian Agricultural Company, Consolidated Pastoral Company, Elders and S. Kidman & Co.
Recognising the need to foster the Northern Australian pastoral sector, these four iconic agricultural companies joined forces to create the scholarship with the aim of enabling recipients to becoming leaders in their field.
2021 Scholarship winner
Tracey Martin from Home Hill, Queensland, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by Australian Agricultural Company Limited, Consolidated Pastoral Company, Elders and S.Kidman & Co.
Through her research, Tracey will investigate funding and operational issues that impact the financial sustainability of member groups and associations, which function to support individuals and businesses in the agriculture sector.
Working and living from a foundation Droughtmaster stud which can run up to 6,000 head of cattle, Tracey not only supports her family in running the property but brings forth production ideas to enhance profitability.
“To address current and future workforce challenges in agriculture, greater focus must be placed on supporting people both living and working in our rural communities,” Tracey said.
“Member groups and industry associations play a critical role in supporting individuals, families and businesses in the agricultural sector. However, these established groups are often limited in the support they provide due to lack of formal funding and other contributing factors.
“Through my Nuffield Scholarship, I plan to investigate barriers inhibiting member groups and associations from moving towards self-financial sustainability, and to explore global case studies which allow me to make comparisons between different member groups and associations and assess the efficacy of their operating models and funding support.”
Tracey will investigate existing agricultural member groups and associations strategies across Australia and approaches utilised across Canada, Ireland and Nordic countries, where there have been rapid advancements in their agriculture sectors.
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