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James Dempster. 2016 Scholarship winner

James Dempster. 2016 Scholarship winner

James Dempster from Mingenew in Western Australia receives a Nuffield scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (western region).

He will study innovative ways to expand the family farm, in addition to options like buying more farm land.

In particular James will investigate factors that make for a successful relationship between potential investors and the family farm business; the concept of collaborative farming, which could potentially spread risk geographically to help combat climatic variability; and using corporate-style integrated supply chains in medium-sized, broadacre family-owned farms.

In partnership with his parents and brother, James manages a six thousand hectare mixed crop and livestock property, with 4,500 hectares of wheat, canola and lupins in rotation, and a self-replacing Merino flock for wool and meat production.

“Traditional, broadacre farming businesses have looked to expand by buying more land,” he says.

“But this is risky due to the large capital outlay, diminishing terms of trade and climatic uncertainty.

“My aim is to explore how the skills and experience of local farmers can be harnessed to attract and maintain fresh capital from investors.”

James plans to use the insights gained from his scholarship experience to potentially implement new businesses structures on his property and share his knowledge with others within the industry.

He will travel to Canada, the United States and Brazil.

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (western region) is pleased to support James Dempster as a 2016 Nuffield Scholar. The organisation said it’s a valuable investment in the growth of agriculture in Western Australia alongside Nuffield Australia, which is at the forefront of developing future industry leaders.

Nuffield Australia chief executive officer Jim Geltch said Nuffield now boasted more than 350 scholars in Australia who, through their scholarship global study tours, had significant insight into global agricultural production systems.

“We are building capacity for the nation’s food and fibre industries to be world leaders in the adoption of technology, best practice and innovation,” he said.

“Nuffield Scholars are influencing industry and community changes, resulting in agricultural productivity increases and economic development for rural communities.

“The Nuffield experience adds new dimensions to the way scholars think about the economic, environmental and social aspects of global food production.

“Engagement and investment in capacity building and talent development in agriculture is critical as the global population continues to escalate and the amount of land available for food production shrinks.”

Scholars undertake a 16-week program of group and individual travel.

Global Focus Program tours will visit several countries in March/April or June/July 2016, including New Zealand, Brazil, the United States of America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Eastern Europe, Singapore, India, Qatar, Turkey, France, the Philippines, China, Canada or Ireland (itineraries will vary between groups).

Applications for Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open in April each year to Australian primary producers and managers who seek to research a topic important to them and to Australian agriculture.

James is available to talk about his planned travel and can be contacted on:

Phone: 0458 191 183 Email:

Media contact:
Justine Mackay, Cox Inall Communications
P: 0435 325 954; E:

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