Two rice growers awarded 2013 Nuffield Scholarships

30 Oct 2012 3:57 PM - Antony Vagg and Peter Kaylock awarded scholarships

The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) Rice R&D Committee Chair Ian Mason has welcomed Friday’s announcement  that two rice growers have been awarded Nuffield Scholarships for 2013.

“The Rice R&D Committee is delighted to support 2013 Nuffield scholarships for Antony Vagg and Peter Kaylock. This is a prestigious award that will provide Antony and Peter with a fantastic learning experience by giving them the opportunity to access international expertise from around the world”.

“Having two Nuffield Scholars is also a great demonstration of how well the rice industry has bounced back from the drought and a terrific opportunity to develop increased capacity within the industry after some difficult years”.

“The scholarship will provide both Antony and Peter with a 6 week program of group travel with other scholars to some of the world’s big agricultural regions, as well as the opportunity to undertake a further 10 weeks of individual travel to study a research topic of their choice”, Mr Mason said.

Antony Vagg, from Moama, works in the family business comprising three adjoining properties with around 400 hectares of rice and 1,000 hectares of winter cereals. Mr Vagg said that he will be focussing on how to deal with extensive rice stubble loads and options and methods available as an alternative to the widespread practice of burning.

Peter Kaylock, from Moulamein, runs 7,000 hectares with his wife, sister and brother-in-law, mainly producing rice and dryland cereals, but also stonefruit, seasonal fat lambs and cattle. Mr Kaylock said that he wanted to research direct drill rice farming systems.

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