Ad­ven­tures in agri­cul­ture

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Pri­mary pro­duc­ers with a drive for ad­ven­ture and a de­sire to learn are be­ing en­cour­aged to ap­ply for a Nuffield Aus­tralia schol­ar­ship.

The foun­da­tion, which of­fers bur­saries of $30,000 to study cut­tingedge global agri­cul­ture, started the ap­pli­ca­tion process for its 2019 in­take of schol­ars last week.

With a new cam­paign set to spark in­ter­est, Nuffield Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Jodie Dean said the aim was to un­earth the best and bright­est tal­ent in Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture.

Ms Dean said the cam­paign, Pro­duce Change, was at the heart of Nuffield pro­mo­tions. She en­cour­aged 28 to 45-year-old farm­ers and farm man­agers to ap­ply for the unique ex­pe­ri­ence.

“Nuffield Schol­ars re­search and de­liver prac­ti­cal change that adds real value to farm busi­nesses and the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity more broadly,” she said.

“Our schol­ar­ships push farm­ers to take the next leap in their ca­reer, whether that be an end goal of farm ex­pan­sion, di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion or pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.”

Ms Dean said the theme of the foun­da­tion’s new cam­paign had been in­spired by both the suc­cesses of ex­ist­ing schol­ars and the next wave of farm­ers.

“Pro­duc­ing change goes straight to the heart of what we do at Nuffield,” she said.

There are 25 schol­ar­ships on of­fer, each val­ued at $30,000.

Re­cip­i­ents un­der­take 16 weeks of over­seas travel over 18 months, tasked with re­search­ing a topic of in­ter­est that will add value to their busi­ness and the broader agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Those com­plet­ing a schol­ar­ship be­come part of a world­wide net­work of more than 1700 Nuffield schol­ars. Ap­pli­ca­tions close on June 15. For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply, go to nuffield.com.au.

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