Dynamic systems led to scholarship in Koah
THE drive to build on opportunities of Queensland’s vibrant agricultural sector has been reflected in the announcement of five innovative farmers, including Steve Grist from Koah, being awarded prestigious Nuffield Scholarships for 2018 for research across the beef and horticultural industry.
Steve Grist will research how growers can adapt from large broadacre farms to more dynamic systems such as Small Plot Intensive (SPIN), bio-intensive, syntopic and permaculture farming systems.
Mr Grist believes due to the global challenges of climate change, soil degradation and population growth, the industry will need to develop more sustainable and efficient farms in the future.
“The ‘Paddock to Place’ movement is becoming increasing popular. Through this trend and Community Supported Agriculture operation’s (CSAs), which interface with a growing portion of the public, there is an increasing number of primary producers adopting organic and regenerative practices,” he said.
“As a research priority, I want to investigate how to best build and promote these production systems. For my benefit and that of the industry, I want to study the links between the SPIN and Urban farming, innovative producers and CSAs.”
Chair of the Queensland Nuffield Committee, Jodie Redcliffe, who was herself a 2013 Scholar, said the diversity of topics and calibre of the scholars was reflective of the innovation driving the state’s agricultural production.
“Our scholars will investigate topics that have potential to transform elements of their respective industries and this announcement showcases the breath and depth of knowledge, enthusiasm and appetite to capitalise upon opportunities within Queensland’s agricultural sector,” Mrs Redcliffe said.