Sowing seeds of change

By Country News

Young farmers with a desire to grow their knowledge and businesses are being encouraged to apply for the latest round of Nuffield scholarships.

Based around the 2019 theme of Collaborate, Innovate and Cultivate, more than 25 scholarships are on offer, valued at $30000 each.

Whether it’s walking the halls of Westminster, accessing one of the world’s largest dairy farms in China or touring a leading wheat and maize research facility in Mexico, Nuffield scholarships present career-defining opportunities for young farmers.

Interim Nuffield Australia chief executive officer and 2013 scholar Jodie Redcliffe said the program sowed the seeds of change for farmers, and acted as a springboard for growth.

‘‘Over an 18-month period, Nuffield scholars embark on a global study program, undertaking a total of 16 weeks of individual and group travel to delve into their chosen study topic,’’ Ms Redcliffe said.

‘‘The program launches scholars into an innovative learning environment where they can cultivate new ideas, drive practice change, and forge lifelong associations with like-minded agribusiness leaders around the world.

‘‘It provides an unrivalled opportunity for current, emerging and future agricultural leaders to collaborate with a global network of trailblazing farmers, agribusiness and institutions,’’ she said.

In Australia alone, Nuffield has an alumni of more than 400 scholars who have gone on to produce industry and community change, unlock new farming techniques and drive economic development across the country.

Successful recipients of the 2020 Nuffield scholarships will be announced during the Nuffield Australia National Conference taking place at the Royal Queensland Show, known as Ekka, in Brisbane from Tuesday, September 17 to Thursday, September 19.

■Applications are open now until Friday, June 14. For more information, or to apply, visit