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Mingenew grower awarded 2023 CBH Nuffield Scholarship

The CBH Group is proud to announce Mingenew grower, Rebecca Kelly, is the successful recipient of the 2023 CBH Nuffield Scholarship.  

The scholarship is available for Western Australian grain growers and aims to support the development of industry leaders through an innovative 18-month global program. 

Rebecca Kelly runs her family’s cropping property in Mingenew, Western Australia, which is approximately four hours north of Perth. 

As part of her Nuffield Scholarship, Rebecca plans to travel to the US, Canada and Germany with the aim of cultivating global networks and knowledge that will aid her in developing resources to support farmers in seismic and energy negotiations, predominately with resource companies. 

Rebecca’s topic of choice is one with personal significance to the young grain grower, having assisted her family and others in her community to successfully negotiate a deal for some of their best cropping land. 

“Companies within the mining or energy sector often have significant resources and expertise to guide their negotiations, which is often not matched nor available to farmers and small business owners,” Ms Kelly said. 

“The lack of resources I found directing me on how to handle negotiations has left me with a desire to research the intersection between agriculture, mining and energy companies to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes for farmers.” 

This is the fifth time CBH has offered the scholarship in the past decade, with the recipient joining an alumnus of over 500 people nationally, working to advance agriculture in Australia.  

CBH Chief External Relations Officer David Paton said the co-operative is committed to developing the long-term capacity of regional Western Australian grain growers.  

“Our partnership with Nuffield Australia enables us to support WA grain growers to expand their knowledge and networks and bring this expertise back to our regional communities,” Mr Paton said.  

Andrew Slade, Chairman Nuffield Western Australia, said: “The CBH Group has been a long standing and valued partner of Nuffield Australia and we are pleased to see that continue with the support of WA Scholar Rebecca Kelly. The CBH Nuffield Scholarship provides an amazing opportunity for WA grain growers, and we look forward to the fresh perspectives and new ideas Rebecca will bring back to the industry.” 
More information about the Nuffield Scholarship is available on the CBH Group and Nuffield Australia websites.