Two members of the arable sector awarded 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholarships


The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) has announced the appointment of 2021 Nuffield Farming Scholars.

Ranald Angus from Thurso, Caithness is a partner in his family’s farming businesses, where he oversees the arable production on their mixed enterprises of beef cattle, sheep, cereals, and forestry. Believing that farmers have an important role to play in combating climate change, he aims ensure that industry is well-equipped to tackle it by understanding the potential benefits of soil carbon sequestration.

Camilla Hayselden-Ashby from Ashford, Kent, works as Product Lead for an agri-tech start-up “fieldmargin”, a mobile and web app that streamlines farm work records and is used in over 140 countries. She also works on her family’s sheep and arable farm, where she has focussed her efforts on driving profitability and developing diversification projects, which has driven her to look at how hemp can be incorporated into their farm as part of her study.

The group of 20 Scholars, who come from across UK farming and rural industries, will seek guidance from industry leaders, experts and pioneers as they undertake their studies.

“Following an unprecedented and challenging year for UK agriculture, we are pleased to announce our 2021 Scholars,” says Mike Vacher, Nuffield Farming Director. “They have been carefully selected for both their passion for their chosen topic, and for their potential as future leaders within UK agriculture.

“Our 2021 scholars have selected a range of topics that span the breadth of the industry, including livestock, soft fruits, aquaculture and workforce diversity. A Nuffield scholarship is a life changing experience, and will no doubt prove invaluable to both Scholar businesses and to the industry as a whole.

“On behalf of Nuffield Farming, I wish the 2021 Scholars the very best of luck as they prepare to start their studies. We are excited to hear more about the knowledge and experiences you gain over the course of your journeys. In these ever-changing times, what you bring back with you will play a vital role in driving UK agriculture forward,” adds Mike.


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