Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Ryan Smart, from Keith in South Australia, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by the Grains Research and Development Corporation. Ryan studied ways of managing farm energy use to maximise efficiency.
He says farmers must adopt systems that minimise emissions and maximise sequestrations at the farm level and he aims to review every aspect of operations to work out how this might be done.
“I’d gained an understanding of global practices that are addressing carbon and maximising energy use efficiencies on‐farm,” he says. “An ideal outcome would be to rate various practices so implementation can occur for best net value,” Ryan concludes.
His travel plans included Canada, California and Germany. Ryan is a partner and board director in the family business SmartGroup. The operation consists of vineyards and cattle at Victor Harbor, broadacre cropping, sheep and irrigated pasture seed production at Kingston SE and broad‐acre cropping, fodder production, irrigated lucerne seed production, sheep and cattle at Keith. Ryan manages the Keith farm for the SmartGroup.
Location: Keith, SA 5267
Tel: 0407 566 065
Scholarship report: Managing farm energy use to Capitalise on Carbon
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