September 23, 2014
The prestigious Nuffield Scholarship has been awarded to two Tasmanian agriculture leaders, who will travel overseas to experience global best practice in their chosen fields.
Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, congratulated the 2015 Nuffield scholars - including Thomas Snare of Boat Harbour, farm manager at the TIA Dairy Research Facility, and Abby McKibben of Roaring Beach, who works at Huon Aquaculture.
"Nuffield scholars have the opportunity to travel overseas and experience different farming techniques in their chosen field, before returning home with new ideas to implement in their own business and to share with others," Senator Colbeck said.
"The program has made a profound impact in Australia and here in Tasmania, with scholars bringing home revolutionary technology, production techniques and ideas that have benefited the industry."
"The opportunity to study overseas helps farmers stay at the top of their game and be world leaders at adoption of technology, best practice and innovation."
Thomas' scholarship is supported by Dairy Australia and will enable him to travel to New Zealand, Europe, Canada and Japan. He is interested in discovering opportunities to value-add to Tasmania's currently expanding dairy industry.
Abby, supported by Blundstone Australia, will attend the Terra Madre food festival in Italy and other countries such as Switzerland, France and the USA. She will study luxury seafood marketing with an aim to raise the markets perceived value of Australian seafood.
"The Tasmanian dairy industry is at an exciting time and there is a lot of potential to grow the industry even further. Thomas' scholarship will enable him to further research the dairy industry and the potential for development," Senator Colbeck said.
"Tasmania's aquaculture industry is also at an exciting stage and there is enormous potential to further build on our highly acclaimed international reputation - Abby's scholarship will enable her to build on this reputation."
"I wish Thomas and Abby all the best and look forward to seeing what ideas and inspiration they bring back to Tasmania."