22 Oct 2009

Nuffield farming scholars named

5:50 am on 22 October 2009

A Wairarapa crop farmer, a Canterbury dairy farmer and a South Otago agricultural training manager have been named as Nuffield farming scholars for the coming year.

The $35,000 scholarships cover overseas study travel costs.

Federated Farmers Wairarapa Grain & Seed chair Paul McGill manages a mixed cropping and lamb finishing operation.

He will use his scholarship to study a systems approach to farming.

Desiree Reid, owns a dairy farm at Winchester, in South Canterbury, and is on the Fonterra Shareholders Council.

She will look into developing growth strategies for co-operatives.

Telford Rural Polytechnic farm director Ian Knowles manages the commercial dairy, sheep, beef and deer units there.

He will study training requirements in the agricultural sector, with a focus on integrating hands-on and academic learning.