Three Albertans are among the four 2017 Nuffield scholars.
Nuffield scholarships give individuals an opportunity to boost Canadian agriculture by allowing them to study the best production, management and marketing systems in the world.
“The opportunities and perspective that a Nuffield scholarship can provide are priceless in today’s global agricultural community,” said Kelvin Meadows, chairman of Nuffield Canada.
The 2017 scholars are:
- Kristina Polziehn (Alberta Wheat Commission scholarship) is from Sturgeon County and president of Axiom Agronomy, an independent crop consulting company. She has a masters of science from the University of Alberta with an extensive background in plant science and agronomy. She plans to study the applications for remote sensing in crop production through the use of manned and unmanned aircraft.
- Matt Hamill (Western Grains Research Foundation scholarship) is from Red Deer and works as an ag lender. In 2014, he became president of Red Shed Malting, one of the first craft malting companies in Alberta. He will study craft malting best practices, looking for ways to grow and improve the industry in Canada.
- Jason Fransoo (Glacier Media scholarship) is from Calgary and is the commercial manager of fertilizers for CP Rail. He will study global grain transportation systems in the search for practices and policies that could offer benefit to systems in Canada.
- Nicole MacKellar (Grain Farmers of Ontario scholarship) is a partner in her family’s cash crop operation and works as the manager of market development at the Grain Farmers of Ontario. Nicole will study the possibilities for branding of commodities that are further processed into ingredients.
The four new scholars will start their travels with a trip to Brazil in March 2017 for a week-long conference for Nuffield scholars. Their scholarships, worth $15,000, require a minimum of 10 weeks of travel.