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Ag scholarship opens the world to farmers

Application deadline is April 30

There’s still time to apply for a 2019 Nuffield Canada scholarship or to consider taking advantage of this learning opportunity in the future.

Nuffield Canada offers five $15,000 scholarships, which allow scholars to participate in a training session with other Nuffield participants from the U.S., Britain, Ireland, France, New Zealand, Australia, Holland, Brazil, China, India, and several African nations.

Scholars then conduct their own research study, travelling internationally, meeting industry leaders, and “getting to see/experience things not normally open to the public.”

“It’s also a chance for them to deeply study an issue of importance to their sector, learn how the issue is being tackled around the globe, and to bring back solutions to Canada, benefiting our industry for the long term,” says Nuffield Canada.

Many Albertans have become Nuffield scholars, including agronomist Kristina Polziehn and Matt Hamill, co-founder of Red Shed Malting, who are 2017 scholars. Others from Alberta in the past decade are Timothy Smith, Daryl Chubb, Cheryl Hazenberg, Brenda Schoepp, Leona Dargis, and Steve Larocque.

Candidates must be actively engaged in farming or in an agricultural-related industry. They don’t have to have a university degree or college diploma, but must write an in-depth report on their study and pass on what they’ve learned through public speaking and/or articles.

The application deadline is April 30. The two-page application form and program details can be found at the Nuffield Canada website. The website also has profiles of past scholars and their reports.

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