Murphy wins Nuffield Scholarship


Murphy wins Nuffield Scholarship

Smart farmer: Damien Murphy has received a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship.

A DUMBALK North dairy farmer was awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship on Saturday night.
Damien Murphy will investigate finance schemes around the world, which young farmers use to start building their assets in agriculture.
While there is a Young Farmer Finance Scheme in Victoria, Mr Murphy would like to see a more dynamic program.
“I hope my study will allow me to design a scheme that covers the finance needs of young entrants to agriculture, right through to the possibilities of equity partnerships and farm ownership,” he said.
“Finance is relevant to nearly every farmer, no matter what commodity they produce. For the next generation of farmers, the amount of equity needed to be in a position to purchase a farm can be quite daunting – of course this does not mean it can’t be done, but is becoming harder.”
Mr Murphy is hoping to travel through Europe to see how finance for young farmers works in both EU and non-EU countries.
He also wants to visit the US before travelling to South America.
“Agriculture is expanding in South America and there is a mix of very large scale farms and small family farms, so I would look at how young people there progress in the industry,” Mr Murphy said.
“In New Zealand they seem to have more of a career path for sharefarmers and managers through the industry, but with high land values I would like to look at how they handle the problem.”
Mr Murphy, with his wife Trudy and boys Shem, Caleb and Luke, share-farm on his parent’s property, milking 270 cows on 102 hectares of milking area without blocks to support this.
The scholarship is sponsored by the Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation.
“One of the Gardiner Foundation’s priority objectives is to attract, retain and develop talented people in the dairy industry,” chief executive of the Gardiner Foundation, Paul Ford said.
“With over 200 leadership roles in the Australian dairy industry and around 40 new leaders needed every year to fill these positions, it is imperative that we provide opportunities for farmers to build their knowledge of Australia’s $12.5 billion dairy value chain and the global context.
“Gardiner Foundation is proud to support Damien during his Nuffield scholarship and beyond, as he goes on to make an impact for dairy,” he concluded.
Nuffield Australia is an organisation that provides an opportunity to Australian farmers to travel overseas on an agricultural research
The scholarship is a 16-week program, which consists of both group and individual travel.
The next group will be travelling through the UK, Canada, United States, Mexico, Brazil and New Zealand in March-April 2012.

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