13 September 2022
The 2022 Nuffield Conference was held in Tamworth, and as was commented on Twitter
not many conferences beat the enthusiasm of the Nuffield Scholars
The one-day conference, following the awards night, and preceded by two days of regional tours, provides an opportunity for newly announced scholars to join with alumni, supporters, and sponsors for a day of learning and networking. Given the diversity of agriculture in the room and the domestic and international travel undertaken, the conversations around the room are rich, welcoming and connecting. And as a newly announced scholar there's always someone wanting to connect you with someone, or just wanting to say hello and welcome to the lifelong club. A club that is full of enduring friendships, ongoing travel, trials and experiments on farm, always new questions, and the taking on of leadership in both community and industry.
The Nuffield Conference is a mix of sponsor presentations, scholar presentations reporting on their research findings, travel presentations on the CSC and GFP, and a 'Where are they now?' segment where alumni share how the scholarship has changed them and their business five or more years down the track.
I want to share my reflection on two stand-out presentations that showcase the diversity of the conference, and impact of the Nuffield Scholarship.
Photo courtesy of Nuffield Australia
Daniel Richards is a 2016 Scholar from the Northern Territory and CEO of the family business, Humpty Doo Barramundi. Dan shared an inspiring 'Where are they now?' presentation showcasing how the business has grown to be the largest producer of saltwater Barramundi in Australia. From little things, big things grow...
Dan shared their business mission which has been carefully crafted as their guide; to responsibly produce beautiful Australian Barramundi while demonstrating our genuine care for and commitment to our people, fish, environment and partners. Dan's father, Bob, started the business 27 years ago producing 6kg of fish per week delivered to restaurants. Now the business is 15,000 times (yes, 15,000) bigger, has over 150 people employed, has over five million fish, and is still 100% family owned. They deliver a branded product into Costco, Woolworths, Hello Fresh and Qantas.
Dan's passion was infectious, as too was his commitment to his land, people and producing an incredible Australian product.
A key takeaway from Dan's presentation was a framework that he learnt from his CSC in Ireland that can be applied to all agricultural businesses, whether you produce mangoes in Bowen, fine merinos in Tassie, or Barramundi in Humpty Doo;
Genetics creates the potential
Management realises the potential
(with farming systems, research, marketing, regulations)
Disease destroys the potential
Photo courtesy of Nuffield Australia
Jarrod Amery is a 2020 Scholar from Forbes, NSW and shared his finds from his Nuffield research in an invigorating presentation. Jarrod's topic was 'What it takes to build and maintain a successful farm business'.
Jarrod runs a mixed farming operation with winter cereals and sheep, and began chasing his farming dreams at age eleven when he was told he wouldn't inherit the farm. He passionately shared how he has worked on establishing the business, building it up, and ensuring that he runs his own race - and doesn't get distracted by the Jones' new red tractor next door.
During Jarrod's Nuffield travels, of which much was undertaken during Covid and a 14,500km roadtrip around Australia with his family visiting farms, he identified some traits of successful people;
Successful people take action.
Successful people often view a problem as an opportunity.
Successful people get comfortable being uncomfortable.
Successful people think beyond other people's limits.
Successful people are less fearful than most, and accept failure as success in motion.
Successful people are curious and have amazing listening skills.
Successful people ask lots of questions.
Successful people find balance.
Successful people enjoy the journey, not just the destination.
2022 Nuffield Conference Program & Presentation Videos: www.nuffield.com.au/conference-2022
Aimee Snowden is currently undertaking a 2023 Nuffield Australia Scholarship to explore immersive education and engagement models around the world.
My Nuffield Scholarship would not be possible without the generous support of Nuffield Australia and AgriFutures Australia who have invested me.
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