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James Terry

Nuffield Australia 2015 Scholarship winner

James Terry, from Koo Wee Rup in Victoria, received a Nuffield Scholarship supported by The William Buckland Foundation. He studied the economic sustainability of vegetable farming.

James is produce partner and export manager for Momack Produce, the largest exporter of asparagus in Australia, producing around 3500 tonnes each season. The company also exports onions, broccoli, grapes and some mixed consolidation lots from the Melbourne market. He is also a farm partner and operations manager for the Iona Farm Partnership, growing asparagus on a 64-hectare property.

James says there is concern that vegetable farming in Australia is not a viable and sustainable occupation for business owners.

“My aim is to assist in ensuring the sustainability of vegetable farming for future generations – to achieve this we need to be able to grow produce of the highest quality.

“I wanted to find ways to make the produce chain more efficient and sustainable, looking at areas such as growing techniques, soil science, supply chain efficiencies, use of improved technology, value-adding and marketing,” he says.

James visited the Netherlands, USA, China, Mexico, Chile, Peru and New Zealand during his studies.

Location: Koo Wee Rup, Victoria
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