2014 Scholars announced

The Nuffield Trust has announced 2014’s twenty-one new Nuffield Scholars. These individuals have been selected on their ability to shape and lead change in their respective agricultural industries.

“Once again, the calibre of applicants who represent associated agricultural, horticultural and rural sectors were extremely high, making the selection process challenging,” comments the Trust’s Director, Mike Vacher. “As a result, we’ve pulled together a group of individuals who I’m sure will rise to the challenge Nuffield presents.”

These individuals will be awarded their Scholarships at the Annual Nuffield Conference on the 21 November 2013 and will commence their Nuffield studies in the New Year.

Through bursary funding, these Scholars will travel for at least eight weeks over an 18 month period, during which time they will undertake their own research and review of global practices. “They have the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world in order to further their knowledge and understanding, with a view to advancing their respective industries,” adds Mike.

“The Scholar’s report titles showcase the dynamic and broad nature of the Awards, with chosen subject areas ranging from advances in technology in the arable sector and premium beef marketing, through to wool processing and automation in horticulture.”

The list of the 2014 Scholars comprise of;

Robert Allen (Devon/South West) ‘Turning data into information - How do we maximise the potential of digital technology?’
Kindly supported by ‘The National Farmers Union Mutual Charitable Trust’

Johnny Alvis (Somerset/South West) ‘Achieving more from less - maximising dairy farming profitability utilising limited resources’.
Kindly supported jointly by ‘The Trehane Trust’ and ‘The Dartington Cattle Breeding Trust’

Jonathan Birnie (Tyrone/Northern Ireland) ‘Facilitating change within the red meat chain through the dissemination of new technology, enhanced cooperation and mutual sustainability’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Worshipful Company of Butchers’

Mark Bowyer (Norfolk/Anglia) ‘Technology into practice; how is new technology conveyed to arable farmers and do they use it?’
Kindly supported by ‘The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association’

James Drummond (Northumberland/North East) ‘Optimising Ewe Performance for a Productive Sheep Enterprise and a High Quality Finished Lamb’
Kindly supported by ‘Alan and Anne Beckett’

Robert Drysdale (West Sussex/South East) ‘The future of beef production from the dairy herd - is integration a model that would work?’
Kindly supported by ‘The Trehane Trust’

Sophie Edenborough (Shropshire/West Midlands) ‘On-farm methods to reduce antiobiotic usage in broiler production’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Royal Three Counties Agricultural Society’

Alex Fowlie (Aberdeenshire/Scotland) ‘What Role Can Land Managers Play in the Emerging "New Energy" Sector’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Royal Highland Agricultural and Scotland Society’

Bruce Harnett (Cornwall/South West) ‘Intensive Horticulture - Man versus Machine’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Studley College Trust’

Jen Hunter (Somerset/South West) ‘Modern wool processing’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Company of Merchants of the Staple of England’

Gail Lewis (Powys/Wales) ‘Sustainable Land Tenure for the Farmer and the next Generation’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’

Neil Macdonald (Somerset/South West) ‘Orcharding Systems for the next decade’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Worshipful Company of Fruiterers’

Russ McKenzie (Cambridgeshire/Anglia) ‘Direct Drilling - Mastering Extreme Weather Conditions’.
Kindly supported by the ‘HGCA’

Mike Miller (Dorset/South West) ‘All Winter Grazing’.
Kindly supported by David Allen

Allister Mitchell (Armagh/Northern Ireland) ‘Marketing Premium Beef - ecommerce opportunities & business models’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Thomas Henry Foundation’

Kit Papworth (Norfolk/Anglia) 'The management and leadership of farmer controlled businesses'
Kindly supported by ‘Micron Bio Systems’

Richard Pennock (North Yorkshire/Yorkshire) ‘Investigating different farming systems to improve efficiency in the UK beef industry’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’

Laura Savage (Warwickshire/West Midlands) ‘The Edibles Sector - Labour and Education 2014 onwards’.
KIndly supported by ‘The Horticultural Development Company’

Werner Strydom (Suffolk/Anglia) ‘How can we reduce Campylobacter in the UK food chain?’
Kindly supported by ‘The Poultry Meat Group: Aviagen, Cobb Europe and Hubbard’

David Walston (Cambridgeshire/Anglia) ‘Improving yields & profits by improving soils’.
Kindly supported by ‘The Worshipful Company of Farmers’

Maeve Whyte (Warwickshire/West Midlands) ‘Eat Your Sprouts! Tackling the food waste issue’.
Kindly supported by ‘The John Oldacre Foundation’

The Scholars will embark on their studies following the Annual Conference, at which the 2012 Scholars will be presenting their reports and study findings. This year the event is being hosted by the Welsh Nuffield Group and will be located at the Vale Resort, Cardiff. More information and booking forms can be found at the Nuffield website

Mike Vacher concludes by saying; “I’d like to congratulate all the Scholars on their awards and wish them all the best for their studies.”