AG Notes

Applications sought for Nuffied scholarships

Applications for the 2018 Canadian Nuffield Farming Scholarships are due April 30.

Application forms can be downloaded from the Nuffield Canada website at

Nuffield Farming Scholarships are awarded to Canadians from any aspect of agriculture and agribusiness with a desire to expand their knowledge, pursue new ideas and share their findings with others for the betterment of the industry.

Applicants should be in mid-career, between the ages of 25 and 45 with a minimum of five years of agricultural business or farming experience and the ability to travel for a minimum of 10 weeks with a minimum of six consecutive weeks in one leg of their travel.

Scholars must complete their project within two years of being awarded, producing a written report and presenting their findings to the Nuffield Canada annual general meeting.

Nuffield Canada investors will provide four scholarships for 2018:

  • Glacier Farm Media is supporting a general interest scholarship.
  • The Grain Farmers of Ontario scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding individual involved in the Ontario grain industry whose study shows direct benefit to the Ontario grain sector.
  • The Western Grains Research Foundation scholarship is available to scholars directly involved in the western Canadian field crop sector, preferably a producer, or an individual actively involved in the sector through extension or research whose research topic will focus on the field crop sector.
  • The Alberta Wheat Commission scholarship is available to an Alberta resident involved in the western Canadian grain sector, directly connected to primary grain production. Research topics will focus on studies that benefit the wheat sector.

Nuffield alumni will fund an additional scholarship. Each scholarship is valued at $15,000.

Scholars are required to participate in the annual Contemporary Scholars Conference with other scholars from around the globe. The 2018 CSC will be held in the Netherlands in early March.

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Olds College expands ag management program

Olds College has created 50 additional first-year seats in its Agricultural Management program, increasing capacity from 75 first-year students to 125 students.

The new capacity will be in place for the fall start of the program.

By fall 2018, the program will have 250 students enrolled in the diploma program between first and second year students.

The college had received 165 applications for the program for the fall as of March 31. Applications are still being accepted and prospective students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The college also announced the establishment of the Werklund Agriculture Institute, which will position it as a leader in smart agriculture.



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