Additional financial support will assist Canadians pursuing international ag fellowship

An international program designed for Canadians with a career in agriculture has received new funding support.

Glacier Media, a Canadian owner of print and online publications, which includes The Western Producer, has committed $15,000 per year.

Three Canadians are selected annually for the prestigious Nuffield scholarship, founded by Britain’s Lord Nuffield in 1947.

Eight countries participate: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, France, Zimbabwe and the Netherlands. It is open to those aged 25 to 45 who farm or have a career in agriculture.

Significant changes have been made this year to revitalize the scholarship’s program.

These include a new orientation process, additional skills and leadership training, and formalized mentorship committees.

Participation requires extensive international travel including six weeks with a group of other scholars from around the world and then six weeks individually.

The new money will help offset costs for scholars, who must fund part of the travel on their own and leave their farm or job while travelling.

They must write a report on their experiences.

The Glacier contribution will be available to scholars who have already been selected for 2012. They include:

  • Ryan Bonnett from Airdrie, Alta., a marketing adviser for Farmlink Marketing Solutions. He plans to study grain marketing and production risk management strategies around the world.
  • Crosby Devitt, who farms near Ripley, Ont., and works for Grain Farmers of Ontario, plans to investigate grain research partnerships involving farmers, and the structure of farm organizations.
  • Brenda Schoepp of Rimbey, Alta., is a rancher and publisher of Beeflink, a cattle marketing newsletter. She is planning to study the needs and successes of women in agriculture and agribusiness and use this information towards the implementation of a Canadian mentorship model for women in agriculture.

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