Glacier Media supports Nuffield program

Alberta recipients Columnist Brenda Schoepp and Ryan Bonnett of Airdrie supported this year

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The Nuffield Scholarship, a prestigious international program for Canadians with a career in agriculture, has received an ongoing commitment of $15,000 per year from Glacier Media, a large Canadian owner of print and online publications including Alberta Farmer.

One of the recipients of this year’s Nuffield scholarships is Brenda Schoepp, who writes the “From the hip” column for Alberta Farmer and Canadian Cattlemen She will study the needs and successes of women in agriculture and agribusiness around the world.

“Our agriculture division, including the Western Producer, Farm Business Communications and Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, has been a major contributor to the growth of our company,” CEO Jonathon Kennedy said in a release. “We’re pleased to be able to support the career development of the future leaders in this important industry.”

“The contribution is particularly welcome in a year when we are making significant changes,” said Nuffield Canada chair Barb Stefanyshyn-Coté. “Our new, revitalized Nuffield program includes a new orientation process, additional skills and leadership training, and formalized mentorship committees.”

Kennedy said the commitment is being made in support of the “Agriculture More Than Ever” initiative spearheaded by Farm Credit Canada, and designed to demonstrate to Canadians both inside and outside agriculture that it has evolved into a dynamic industry operated under modern management practices.

International travel

Three Canadians are selected annually for the scholarship, which was founded by Britain’s Lord Nuffield in 1947. Eight countries participate: the U.K., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. It is open to those between 25 and 45 who farm or have a career in agriculture.

Participation requires extensive international travel — six weeks with a group of other scholars from around the world and then six weeks individually. Scholars must fund part of the travel themselves, and leave their farm or job while travelling. They must write a report on their experiences.

“We’re pleased to be able to help the Nuffield recipients offset their costs, and to give them an opportunity to let other farmers know about their experiences by publishing their reports in our publications,” Kennedy said.

Other scholars funded this year are Ryan Bonnett from Airdrie, a marketing adviser for Farmlink Marketing Solutions. He will study grain marketing and production risk management strategies around the world. Crosby Devitt, who farms near Ripley, Ont. and works for Grain Farmers of Ontario. He will investigate grain research partnerships involving farmers, and the structure of farm organizations.

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