Search­ing for fuel so­lu­tions

Farm man­ager will in­ves­ti­gate en­ergy sources

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­dra.glover@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

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

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

POW­ER­ING THROUGH: Ta­mara Ue­ber­gang will use her Nuffield Schol­ar­ship to in­ves­ti­gate al­ter­na­tive fuel and en­ergy sources for the ag in­dus­try.

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