Five new Nuffield Farming Scholarships have been awarded for next year.
Two of the sought-after scholarships have gone to the South Island - North Canterbury sheep and beef farmer and entrepreneur Dan Shand, and Marlborough garlic grower and and vineyard owner John Murphy.
The North Island scholars are Masterton sales and marketing entrepreneur Lucy Cruickshank, Manawatu potato grower Paul Olsen, and Beef + Lamb New Zealand extension manager, Mel Poulton from Woodville.
The awards include overseas travel to research topics ranging from mobile technology, turning good farming into big business, potato production and overseas marketing of manuka and other honey.
The five new scholars join more than 140 others who have been awarded Nuffield Scholarships in the past 60 years.