A GROUP of 24 of Australia’s leading young primary producers and managers have been awarded prestigious Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships for 2016, including three from the Northern Territory for the first time.
They will undertake cutting edge agricultural and fisheries research across the globe using a $30,000 bursary for a 16-week program of group and individual travel during 2016-17.
The scholarships were announced during a gala dinner on Thursday night at this week’s Nuffield Australia National Conference, held in Albury, NSW where over 320 delegates from primary industries gathered to network and hear the latest research findings.
Global study tour research topics selected by the 2016 Scholars are wide-ranging, from advances in dryland grain systems to organic Wagyu production, the latest greenhouse technologies, reducing free range hen stress and barramundi farming.
After returning from global study tours, each of the Nuffield Scholars will share their findings with other growers and stakeholders in their respective industries and communities.
Using this model, Nuffield Australia continues to build capacity for the nation’s food and fibre industries to be world-leaders in the adoption of the latest and most effective technology, best practice and innovation.
The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholars for 2016 pictured on Friday.
There are currently more than 350 Nuffield Australia Scholars who have developed significant insights into global agricultural production systems and continue to influence advances in their rural industries and communities.
The 2016 Scholarship winners and their sponsors are:
NSW Angus Duddy, from Quirindi and supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) (northern region), who will investigate co-existence of agriculture and mining. John Stevenson, from Lockhart and supported by the GRDC (northern region), who will investigate ways to close the gap between potential grain yield and soil Plant Available Water Capacity in sustainable dryland cropping systems. Luke Mancini, from Whitton and supported by the Australian Grape and Wine Authority, who will study vineyard management practices and grape marketing techniques for alternative wine grape varieties in warm climates and irrigated areas. Liz Manchee, from Narrabri and supported by Meat & Livestock Australia, who will focus on the performance and profitability of producing ‘natural’ lotfed beef, considering genetics and traceability claims. John Finlayson, from Armidale and supported by Rabobank, who will study options for vertically integrated, paddock-to-plate meat supply chains, with a focus on cooperative producer models. Drew Braithwaite, from Griffith and supported by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rice R&D Program, who will look at brand versus hedging for increasing value to a commodity such as rice.