Australian agriculture's best and brightest have been awarded prestigious Nuffield Scholarships to study topics as diverse as carbon sequestration and accounting, to drones and Australian native foods.
Announced at the annual Nuffield Conference, being held virtually this week, the 12 scholarship recipients will each travel in Australia and overseas to research innovative concepts, techniques and systems that will make a positive impact on their businesses and the broader agricultural industry.
Each 2022 Nuffield Scholar receives a $30,000 bursary to spend on travel in the next few years.
Nuffield Australia CEO and 2013 Scholar Jodie Redcliffe said the Nuffield Scholarship program would give the producers and agribusiness professionals global perspectives that would help them learn, remain competitive and grow.
"We love the passion and ideas our new 2022 Scholars showed in their applications," Ms Redcliffe said.
"Among the cohort, there's a strong focus on finding and sharing innovations that can make Australian agriculture and its associated value chains more resilient to changes in the environment, regulations, markets and consumer expectations.
"For example, two of the scholars will research opportunities for farmers and graziers to store and capture carbon, and be fairly recognised for their contribution to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions."
She said COVID-19 had hammered home that adaptability and leadership was crucial for all business.
"We are looking forward to working with this group who are driven to help their business and industry thrive now and into the future, as we navigate a world recovering from the pandemic."
Ms Redcliffe said Nuffield Australia was looking forward to borders reopening to allow the scholars to conduct valuable research that they will share with industry.
"The first Nuffield Farming Scholarship was awarded in Australia 70 years ago, and we are proud to continue delivering scholarship programs that drive industry leadership, particularly through periods of change," she said.
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