Transformational Travel

September 28, 2016 02:28 AM
 
Transformational Travel

Broaden your knowledge with a Nuffield Farming Scholarship

Although it is still gaining traction in the U.S., the Nuffield International Farming Scholars program is an elite opportunity for producers across the globe. Each year, 60 farmers and other ag professionals are named scholars to study key ag issues, develop a network and build leadership skills.

You can apply for a Nuffield Farming Scholarship, valued at $30,000 and supported by TIAA Global Agriculture. It includes 16 weeks of travel over two years. You must be between ages 28 and 40. Other ages will be considered.

Applicants select one of six study topics. Examples include farmland ownership models, environmental impacts and farm technology. 

“This program gets you out of your comfort zone and highlights the importance of thinking globally about production ag,” says Jean Lonie, U.S. honorary ambassador at Nuffield International. 

This year’s scholarship program kicked off with a conference in Cavan, Ireland, and hosted U.S. delegate Kyle Amos, a farmland manager in College Station, Texas. 

“You really create lifetime connections who are experts on a variety of issues,” Amos says. 

Applications are due Oct. 31, 2016. The 2017 finalists will be interviewed in November and December. Winners will start the program in March in Brazil at the Contemporary Scholars Conference. Visit nuffieldinternational.org to download an application and learn more.


How A Nuffield Scholarship Works

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The Nuffield International Farming Scholars program involves two years of international travel and agricultural networking. Here’s an overview of what participants will experience. 

Contemporary Scholars Conference: A weeklong program in March for newly selected scholars. Participants develop a network of farmers and ag industry professionals. Speakers share insights on trade and policy issues. Scholars develop skills in practical and political leadership. 

Global Focus Program: For six to seven weeks, scholars travel the globe to investigate agricultural marketing, trade and environmental issues, all while experiencing the social and cultural aspects of each region. These trips include visits to countries such as Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, New Zealand, Poland and the U.S.

Private Study: After the conference and focus program, scholars embark on a seven- to eight-week individual study program. They visit countries of choice on a study topic relevant to agriculture. 

Reporting: Scholars write a report about what they discovered, what it means for their investor and ag, and how it will make demonstrative business changes. They give a verbal presentation at an ag conference.

 

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