WA Grains Nuffield scholar commended

Author: Natalie Lee | Date: 23 Sep 2014

Image of Reece Curwen in a crop

The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) congratulates South Stirling grower Reece Curwen, who has been awarded a prestigious Nuffield scholarship.

He was presented the scholarship on September 18 in Launceston, the host city for the 2014 Nuffield Australia National Conference. 

“The GRDC is pleased to sponsor four Grains Nuffield scholarships this year and congratulates the recipients including Western Australia’s Reece Curwen,” GRDC capacity building program manager Kathleen Allan said.

“Nuffield scholarships support young, innovative growers to become future leaders of our industry and are an integral part of the GRDC’s investment into capacity building for the grains industry.

“The GRDC invests in a range of skill and capacity building activities that are aimed at supporting current and potential members of the Australian grains industry to improve their capacity to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the industry.

“To build capacity across the Australian grains industry, the GRDC invests in activities directly or through partnerships with other organisations.”

Ms Allan said Mr Curwen would use his scholarship to investigate the dynamics between broadacre farming and the management systems used to maximise productivity.

As cropping manager of his family’s 9500 hectare broadacre mixed farming property, he is responsible for a 6500ha cropping program, including canola, barley and wheat. In addition, the enterprise includes 10,000 ewes.

“Reece will use his scholarship to investigate how good management of broadacre farming enterprises can ensure productivity and profitability,” Ms Allan said.

“While Reece says farm scale naturally has an influence, he will focus on the ability to manage that scale – as staff, plant and finance demands pose challenges for those managing large properties.

“He hopes that exposure to enterprises similar to his, around the world, will open doors and opportunities for the next boost in productivity.”

Nuffield Australia is an organisation which provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research scholarship.

It is a 16-week program consisting of both group and individual travel.

The next groups will travel through New Zealand, Brazil, the USA, Mexico, the UK, South Africa, Kenya and Europe in March-April 2015.

As well as Mr Curwen, other recipients of GRDC-sponsored 2015 Grains Nuffield scholarships include Andrew Freeth (Collie, NSW), Jock Graham (Coolac, NSW) and Adam McVeigh (Dalby, QLD).

Contact Details

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Kathleen Allan, GRDC02 6166 4500


Natalie Lee, Cox Inall Communications
08 9864 2034, 0427 189 827

Region West