Our National Conference is the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It offers a meeting point for scholars, investors and the broader agricultural industry.
Following a pause in 2020, we shall host our major event in Tamworth on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 October 2021, followed by a two-day regional tour.
This is a very special year as we celebrate our 70th anniversary. The first Nuffield Scholar was selected in Australia in 1951, and since then we have awarded 485 scholarships, fostering personal development and industry capacity building. For 70 years, we’ve been 'Bringing the World Home'.
So join us for our anniversary. There will be presentations and panel sessions with scholars and agribusiness leaders. Why not partner with us.
Our National Conference offers a unique opportunity for your organisation to highlight and promote your product and service offerings to a highly targeted and engaged national agricultural industry audience.
The strength of our Nuffield alumni network is a major point of difference of our program, and is evident at the conference. This ensures your investment continues to be valuable for many years to come.
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We thank our two Platinum Partners, Rabobank and CSIRO.
The program starts on the evening of Monday 11 October with the excitement of the Annual Awards Gala Dinner. Here the 2021 Scholars will be introduced and the 2022 Nuffield Scholars are formally announced, introducing the newest group of emerging leaders.
Our 2019 Scholars have presented their findings virtually, and this event is a further opportunity for them to expand on how their scholarship has impacted their business and industry. We will also continue highlighting extraordinary members of the alumni who will share their stories since completing their scholarship and how the Nuffield experience has contributed to their success.
The event will be held at the Tamworth Leagues Club, and will follow COVID-safe guidelines.
You can download a draft conference program here
The post-conference regional tour in the Tamworth, Quirindi and Spring Ridge regions will stimulate agricultural enthusiasts keen to understand primary production in this area of New South Wales. This large farming region is renowned for cattle, wool, sheep and lambs, poultry, grains and cotton.
This tour is passionately being organised by Nuffield Scholars based in this area.
The tour will commence from 8am on Wednesday 13 October and visits include:
David and his family runs Merrilong Pastoral Company at Spring Ridge, an 8,000-hectare business with 6,000 hectares of cropping growing bread wheat, durum wheat, biscuit wheat, sorghum, mungbeans, chickpeas, cotton and faba beans.
Angus and his family run a 2,350-hectare mixed grain, beef and dryland cotton property near Quirindi. Angus is the third generation of Duddy’s to manage the business, which was originally purchased in 1934.
Scott Davies runs this independent, family-owned cotton gin, which is located in the Upper Namoi Valley and is the most eastern NSW cotton gin, giving it an export location and proximity advantage to Sydney and Newcastle ports.
Guy and his family own Countryside Farming, a chicken meat production, cattle backgrounding and lucerne hay operation located on the banks of the Peel River in Tamworth.
Established in 1988, this business has grown from small beginnings to become one of Australia’s largest family-owned food businesses. With teams in Australia, the USA, China, Japan and Europe,it grows, supplies and distributes premium meat and seafood and all over the world.
Over one-and-a-half days, the tour will travel through Tamworth and Armidale with visits to be revealed soon. The tour will conclude at 12:30pm on Thursday 14 October and drop off points will include Tamworth Regional Airport.
Registrations will open oin mid-July.
Contact Nuffield Program Operations Manager Nicola Raymond to register your interest in attending here
There are a number of accommodation options near the Tamworth Leagues Club. Some suggestions are set out below.
Two options for consideration are:
The climate in Tamworth during October can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry. October is in the spring and is typically the sixth coldest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 23°C, whilst at night 9°C (49°F) is normal. The rain falls for 10.4 days as an average.
For those wishing to explore, visit the Destination Tamworth website here.