Nuffield Scholars – Each year the Trust aims to support a Nuffield scholar

"The Chance of a Lifetime"

Scholarships are the chance of a lifetime opportunity that can benefit careers, industry and business, as well as advancing personal development. The Trust has supported eight scholars over the past few years studying a wide range of topics. Our current scholars are Jake Freestone studying ’20 by 20 Fact or Fiction’ and Tanya Robbins studying ‘Innovative Women in Today’s Agriculture’. You can follow Jake’s travels on Facebook and Twitter.

Some of our Past Scholars and their topics are: Sam Boon - The Opportunity for Composite Flocks within the UK sheep industry; Nicola Cannon - Sustainability in the Organic and Conventional Farming Sectors; Simon Ball - The Marketing of Food and the Education of Consumers; Rob Richmond – The Benefits to Agriculture and the Environment of Rebuilding Soil Carbon.

Further information and past papers can be found on the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust’s website by following the link:

NFST have published a report by Jake Freestone 2013 NSch UK on 'Breaking the wheat yield plateau in the UK'. It has been described as a 'magnus opus' which deserves reading.......

Objectives of Study Tour:
- To investigate the techniques employed by wheat growers around the world to increase yields.

- To understand the limiting factors to high yielding wheat crops and how these factors can be minimalized.

- Improved soil management through zero tillage, longer and more diverse rotations, cover crops and livestock integration are the key factors to increase yields and are in the farmer's own control.

- Although out of a farmer's direct control, understanding the impact of climate change, rainfall and genetics, has a vital role to play in the realisation of yield potential.

See Jake's Report at:

NFT have published a report by Tanya Robbins 2013 NSch UK on 'Innovative Women in Today's Agriculture'.

Objectives of Study Tour:
- To speak to successful women in developed and developing nations
involved in agriculture.

- To encourage families to involve female family members in their farm business.

- To encourage girls to believe that agriculture is a fantastic career.

- To find direction for my own farm business.

- Women are more involved in food production in developing nations but generally do not have rights to land/business ownership.

- Women in developing nations have to work so hard for basics we take for granted, i.e. water, food, education.

- My preconceived ideas of different cultures have been changed by travelling to Kenya, Uganda and India.

- The perceived view of the 'farmer's wife' is changing – we are farmers in
our own right.

- Women are reaching new heights in agriculture – there is a ground swell of support but we must have the confidence to forge ahead.

- There are successful women entrepreneurs who mentor others.
- The importance of networks in developing careers.

- The most innovative, inspirational women I met are the ones who help and mentor others to succeed as they have.

See Tanya's Report at:

CRFT are supporting two NFTS for 2014-2015 and they are:

Patrick Hook (Oxfordshire, Central) 2050: The challenges and opportunities to the UK Broiler Industry'

Christopher Padfield (Gloucestershire, Central) 'Post Formal Education - nurturing and growing talent?'