Nuffield Canada has selected six scholarship candidates from across Canada to be awarded $15,000 each to challenge themselves in a self-directed research program of international travel and study.

Recipients can come from any capacity of primary production, industry, or governance of agriculture and must do a minimum of 10 weeks of travel study within 24 months to examine and research an agriculturally relevant issue, says the Nuffield Canada board.

The 2022 scholars are:

  • Ingrid Johnson, co-owner and manager of Onward Ranch near 150 Mile House, B.C. Johnson’s topic of study will focus on how primary producers can direct market their farm products and ship to consumers without using a distribution company or middleman.
    • Scholarship is sponsored by Farm Credit Canada
  • Ken Coles, executive director of Farming Smarter at Lethbridge, Alta. Coles hopes to change the way people farm by studying grassroots on-farm innovation organizations around the world.
    • Scholarship is funded by Alberta Wheat Commission.
  • Shawn Moen, CEO and co-founder of 9 Mile Legacy Brewing Co., at Saskatoon, Sask. Moen plans to study how jurisdictions use a business incubation model to create environments where diverse, stratified, and multi-channeled agriculture SMEs can survive in start-up and thrive in growth.
    • Scholarship is funded by Nuffield Canada.
  • Odette Menard, of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Fisheries, at Saint-Simon de Bagot, Que. Menard is an expert in earthworm behaviour and soil improvement under no-till conditions. Her study topic is to recognize and understand the behavioural changes required to adopt soil health practices for the long term.
    • Scholarship is funded by Nuffield Canada.
  • Lauren Park, beekeeper at Forest Hill Apiary, and Cosman and Whidden Honey Ltd., in Forest Hill, N.S. Park specializes in queen bee rearing along with fruit pollination, and honey production. Her topic of study is on queen health, and the queen bee’s impact on sustainability in the beekeeping industry.
    • Scholarship is funded by Canadian Canola Growers Association.
  • Mark Phillips, marketing specialist for the P.E.I. Potato Board, at Bonshaw, P.E.I. Phillips’ goal is to learn more about the issues producers face with respect to developing public trust, and how to work with the general public to foster an understanding of agricultural practices and the reasons behind them.
    • Scholarship is funded by the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Land.

The next round of applications will open in April 2022.

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