Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner
Angus Duddy, from Quirindi in New South Wales, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (northern region).
He will investigate whether agriculture and mining can co-exist and, if so, do mining operations present landholders with opportunities to tap into alternative energy sources and recycled water that will benefi t their production.
Angus jointly manages a 2350-hectare mixed grain, beef and dryland cotton family property on the Liverpool Plains with his wife, Jaimie.
They use a rotation of cotton, sorghum and wheat/pulses, and operate an opportunity 500-head AUS-MEAT accredited feed lot.
Angus’ scholarship research will be particularly pertinent to the operation, as it sits across two mining exploration licence areas.
He plans to investigate the impact of mining on agriculture and to understand how mining operations manage waste water. In addition, he will study whether waste water can be recycled for intensive agriculture and if alternative energy, such as coal seam gas, can be utilised while the coal is mined.
“If it is found that these large mining projects do not benefi t agricultural businesses, landholders and managers need to understand the risks they present and how these can be managed,” Angus says.
“If it is found there are benefi ts for agricultural production to manage risk or enhance production, then producers need to be made aware of these potential benefi ts.”
Angus will be travel to Argentina, Brazil, China, Israel, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Location: Quirindi, New South Wales,
Mobile: 0400 369 723
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