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Lachie Seears

Nuffield Australia 2013 scholarship winner

Lachie Seears, from Lucindale in South Australia, received a 2013 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation.
Lachie investigated world’s best practice in supply chain management and value-adding of farm products.

Lachie works on the family farm in the high rainfall zone of South Australia, cropping wheat, barley, canola and broad beans. They also have some irrigated speciality crops such as carrot seed grown under center pivot irrigators and run a sheep and cattle livestock enterprise. It was a desire to add greater value to broad bean production in his cropping rotation that prompted Lachie to apply for a Nuffield Scholarship.

“While farmers can grow a high quality, consistent product, the skills involved in processing and value-adding to that commodity to turn it into a consumable product is not widely known. I wanted to study the steps involved in taking a broad bean from ‘Paddock to Plate’, helping me understand how to process, value-add, market and export to the end consumer,” Lachie explains.

Lachie says most farmers don’t have the knowledge or confidence to establish supply chain relationships or deal with issues such as quarantine restrictions and currency trading.

His Nuffield research allowed him to gather this knowledge and pass it on to other farmers, with Dubai, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon part of his itinerary.

Location: Lucindale, SA, 5272
Blog: Keeping your finger on the Pulse
Scholarship report: written report
Returning Scholar presentation: watch on video
Returning Scholar profile: click to view

Lachie was supported by:

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