Farming scholarship trust now accepting applications

By Gary Sliworsky,
Ag rep, Emo

The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust is accepting applications for its 2011 program.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to enthusiastic individuals, aged 25-45, who wish to explore topics of their choice in agriculture, land management, horticulture, or the food chain.
Three scholarships of $15,000 each are available for 2011.
“The Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarship provides innovative Canadians with the funding to travel internationally to expand their personal horizons while exploring agricultural issues and opportunities in a global context,” said Barry Cudmore, chair and 2004 scholar.
“We are focused on developing the practical, managerial, and commercial capacities of each scholar to enable them to be better farmers and business managers, and to make a significant contribution to the future of Canadian agriculture,” he added.
The scholarships are awarded to men and women who are judged to have the greatest potential to create value for themselves, their industries, and their communities through the doors which will be opened and the opportunities provided for life-long learning and improvement.
The scholarships are awarded on the strength of the applicants’ vision, enthusiasm, and determination to pursue their farming goals.
A Nuffield Farming Scholarship is a life-changing experience. Scholars receive a “golden key” to the best production, management, and marketing systems in every corner of the world.
In addition to embracing the “world’s best” in agriculture, scholars gain life-long friends from around the world—as well as a deep understanding, and global perspective, of the politics, cultures, and challenges of world agriculture.
A key part of the scholarship is the opportunity for winners to study a topic of interest to themselves throughout their travels.
Scholars must complete their project within two years of the award, and are required to travel and study for a minimum of two months in total.
On return from their study tour, scholars are expected to produce a written report and present their findings at the annual general meeting, as well as to others in their industries.
Canadian Nuffield Scholars also are required to participate in the Contemporary Scholars Conference (CSC), where they will meet with scholars from other countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, and France, to exchange ideas and experiences, and join a network of people who are at the cutting edge of primary industry.
The 2011 conference will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.
Applications must be received by April 30, 2010. Application forms are available from the Nuffield Canada website at www.nuffield.ca
Dates to remember
•March 27—Rainy River Cattlemen’s Association spring sale, Stratton sales yard.

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