Bringing back insight and innovation: Nuffield Scholars to Present at 2019 Nuffield Farming Conference

Nuffield Farming Scholars from across agriculture will be presenting the key findings and recommendations from their Scholarships during the 2019 Nuffield Farming Conference.
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The conference is taking place at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, on 28 - 29 November 2019.

Euryn Jones, Head of Agriculture, HSBC UK, the conference’s Principle Sponsor, will open the conference proceedings: “We are proud of our relationship with the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust and are very happy to continue our support for this prestigious national conference. Never has it been more important for Scholars to help deepen the farming industry’s appreciation of the dynamics of progressive agriculture across the globe, and this event provides a unique platform to share and debate their insight to benefit a wider audience.”

“Presenting Scholars never fail to ignite lively debate with delegates both during formal question time and in the networking time built into the conference timetable,” says Mike Vacher, Nuffield Farming Director. “With so many challenges to the UK agriculture and food sector, our Scholars bring back insight into innovations, best practice and technical advances from abroad that can make a huge difference to individual businesses and the industry as a whole.”

Conference Location: Chesford Grange Hotel, Kenilworth, Warwick, CV8 2LD

Dates: 28th & 29thNovember 2019

Nuffield Scholars presenting at the 2019 Conference and their topics

  • Caroline Mitchell - ‘Carcass grading and payment systems to improve the eating quality of UK meat’, generously supported by the Worshipful Company of Butchers
  • Jamie McIntosh – ‘Explore new ways in which eggs can be marketed to maintain a steady increase in egg consumption’, generously supported by the MacRobert Trust
  • Angela Kirkwood – ‘‘Growing the British Pig Industry’, generously supported by AHDB Pork
  • Emily Norton – ‘Breaking the silos: global best practice in agricultural policy design’, generously supported by the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association
  • Jonathan Gill – ‘How do we embrace automation in agriculture?’, generously supported jointly by the Worshipful Company of Farmers & Savills with McDonald’s Restaurants
  • Mark Dewes – ‘‘UK Agronomy: What can we learn from overseas to better curate the use of pesticides?’, generously supported by the Richard Lawes Foundation
  • Jenna Ross – ‘Riding the slime wave: gathering global data to enhance slug control in the UK’, generously supported jointly by the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland and AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds
  • Richard Harrison – ‘Where next for soft fruit in the UK? Addressing the yield gap and providing a path to 500 t/ha’, generously supported jointly by the Worshipful Company of Gardeners and Worshipful Company of Fruiterers
  • Alexa Parker – ‘Where corporate meets family in business’, generously supported by The Trehane Trust
  • Kate Mayne – ‘Building cross sector bridges and engaging farmers to own the environmental agenda’, generously supported jointly by The Three Counties Agricultural Society and National Trust.
  • Gus Selby – ‘Can institutional investment capital provide opportunities for family farmers and young farmers into UK agriculture?’, generously supported by NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
  • Tom Ormesher – ‘Creating public value through water sustainability and farmer coordination’, generously supported by the John Oldacre Foundation
  • Chris Rose – ‘Anaerobic digestion: Maximising the outputs and reducing the reliance on government subsidies’, generously supported by the John Oldacre Foundation
  • Adam Banks – ‘Farming insects for food: opportunities and challenges’, generously supported by the Food Chain Scholarship
  • Neil Eastham – ‘How can UK dairy farmers use genomics to breed a better herd?’, generously supported by the John Oldacre Foundation

The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) is a registered charity (Reg. Charity No. 1098519) that awards approximately 20 scholarships annually in the UK to young people between the ages of 22 and 45 from across the agricultural industry.

There is no need for formal qualifications in order to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship; instead, the Trust looks to unlock an individual’s potential and broaden horizons through study and travel overseas. Scholars are selected with a view to developing tomorrow’s leaders within their individual business and the industry as a whole.

Nuffield Farming member countries span the globe, with established programmes in Australia, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Kenya, and Zimbabwe; Associate countries also include Brazil, USA, South Africa, and Southern Caucasus (Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan).

Nuffield Scholarships are only made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across agriculture and the food industry. NFST work with over 100 sponsors to develop individuals who will become tomorrow’s leaders and inspire change in our industry.

Scholarship Eligibility

  • Applicants must work within the farming, food, horticulture, rural and associated industries or are in a position to influence these industries.
  • Applicants must be aged between 22 and 45 years (the upper age limit is 45 on 31st July in the year of application).
  • There is no requirement for academic qualifications, but applicants will already be well established in their career and demonstrate a passion for the industry they work in and be three years post-tertiary education.
  • Candidates must be resident in the UK and hold a UK passport or be working directly for UK agriculture.
  • Scholarships are not awarded to anyone in full-time education or to further research projects.

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