Searching for fuel solutions
Farm manager will investigate energy sources
TAMARA Uebergang will research alternative fuel sources and energy solutions for Australia’s agricultural sector as a 2019 Nuffield Scholarship recipient.
Ms Uebergang is a farm manager at her family’s property in Miles, Berwyndale Pastoral. The operation grows a rotation of cotton, wheat, chickpeas, sorghum and mung beans, as well as running a small herd of cattle.
Brazil and India are on her itinerary as part of her travels to investigate how some of our biggest markets and competitors are managing their fuel and energy.
Ms Uebergang said she was most excited about the travel aspect of the scholarship.
“I’m hoping to go to Brazil firstly and look at their energy solutions,” she said.
“Comparatively they’re a lot more diverse in their energy mix. Brazil is also a major competitor in terms of production.”
Tamara will also be travelling to India. She hopes to gain a deeper understanding of India as a market, particularly for chickpeas and cotton.
Ms Uebergang said her research would focus on finding more economically viable energy sources for farmers.
“For the past couple of years while diesel has been cheap, it’s been a sleeping issue. However it is an area of exposure we need to keep revisiting,” she said.
“Between renewables and alternative fuels, it’s such a fast-moving space. There are a lot of options out there, it’s just about finding ones that are most cost effective.
“To be sustainable it needs to be economically viable. To be economically sustainable and environmentally sustainable there is a balance to be achieved.”
Ms Uebergang said she hadn’t finished planning her trip, but she would also attend the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Iowa next year.
Ms Uebergang studied agribusiness at Marcus Oldham in Geelong, Victoria.
She received her Nuffield Scholarship with support from the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation.
❝to I’m hoping go to Brazil firstly and look at their energy solutions. — Tamara Uebergang
POWERING THROUGH: Tamara Uebergang will use her Nuffield Scholarship to investigate alternative fuel and energy sources for the ag industry.