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Nuffield Canada 
Scholars announced

Nuffield Canada has selected four recipients for its 2018 program.

Ellen Crane from Murray Siding, N.S., is general manager of the Maritime Beef Council. Her study topic will focus on which beef production attributes are most important to consumers, what consumers are willing to pay for and ways that producers can implement these production attributes to leverage opportunities in consumer marketing.

Josh Oulton of Port Williams, N.S., owns Taproot Farms Inc., which has grain, fruit, vegetable and livestock divisions. Oulton will study all aspects of growing high-quality flax fibre for long line linen processing into high quality clothing as well as the use of waste materials from long line processing.

Gavin Robertson of Niagara, Ont., is wine-maker and vineyard co-ordinator at the Niagara College Teaching Winery. Robertson will examine the curriculum and content of international viticulture training programs, as well as seeking input from industry stakeholders, including vineyard and winery owners and operators, marketing boards and relevant government agencies.

Shelley Pruitt of Mountain, Ont., is a partner in Against the Grain Farms, where she focuses on restoring ancient grains to produce value-added products and whole grains and flour. She has a keen interest in creating awareness of the importance of locally sourced products, and her study topic will investigate the ways in which this is implemented in other countries.

Nuffield Canada 2018 scholarships will be supported by Glacier FarmMedia and Nuffield Canada alumni.

Ongoing program support also comes from the Alberta Wheat Commission, Farm Credit Canada, Grain Farmers of Ontario and Western Grains Research Foundation.

P.E.I. farmers get help 
to mitigate risk

The Prince Edward Island Federation of Agriculture has received $300,500 in federal funding to undertake a risk assessment of agriculture in the province. It will include three focus groups to discuss and rank various risks associated with agricultural production for a range of commodities.  

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