BBC Radio 4’s popular Archers character, Tom Archer is being awarded a prestigious Nuffield Farming scholarship.
Tom applied for the scholarship just before the application deadline of 31 July, and more recently he attended a challenging interview with members of the Nuffield board.
His passion and knowledge of the farming industry shone through in the interview which led to his selection being announced on Monday 17 October.
Tom will follow the same path as the 19 new Nuffield Scholars, who were recently announced.
Tom will receive a grant of £12,000 to complete his study which will include at least eight weeks of international travel.
After officially receiving his Scholarship at the Nuffield Conference this November, Tom will begin his 18 months of study, around the topic of organic baby food production, in the New Year, and following the submission of a written report, will present his findings at the 2018 Nuffield Conference.
Nuffield Scholarships aim to encourage passionate individuals to step back from day-to-day life to research a topic of interest and in doing so influence the farming industry.
The 2017 Nuffield Farming Scholars are:
William Atkinson (Yorkshire, Northern) ‘Site Specific Weed Management’ generously sponsored by The Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust (a Clyde Higgs Scholarship)
Jonathan Baker (Greater London, South East) ‘Delivering environmental benefits from private land: lessons from outside the EU’ generously sponsored by The John Oldacre Foundation
Barbara Bray (Greater Manchester, Northern) ‘Vegetable production for specific nutritional need’ generously sponsored by The Food Chain Scholarship Fund
James Corbett (Wiltshire, South West) ‘What is the future of colony and caged egg production?’ generously sponsored by The BEMB Trust
Georgina Crayford (Kent, South East) ‘Reducing antibiotic use in pig production - is there a need for systemic change?’ generously sponsored by AHDB Pork
Lorna Davis (Monmouthshire, Wales) ‘Waters value in agriculture as a sustainable, economic resource, delivering multiple benefits through flood risk and water scarcity management’ generously sponsored by The National Trust
Sue Evans (Shropshire, West Midlands) ‘Best communication methods and ways in which farmers can influence Welsh Government going into a changing future’ generously sponsored by The John Oldacre Foundation
David Hitchens (Somerset, South West) ‘Building and leading a successful dairy business from good to great’ generously sponsored by Alan & Anne Beckett
Sarah Hughes (Denbighshire, Wales) ‘Does Hydroponics have a place in conventional Agriculture?’ generously sponsored by AHDB Horticulture
Tom Levitt (Greater London, South East) ‘Post-Brexit: Is the dairy industry getting its message across?’ generously sponsored by The Trehane Trust
Jude McCann (Londonderry, Northern Ireland) ‘Protecting the Farms Greatest Asset: Increasing Resilience and Knowledge Transfer’ generously sponsored by The Thomas Henry Foundation
Geraint Powell (Gloucestershire, Central) ‘Sustainable grazing strategies that meet ecological demands’ generously sponsored by AHDB Beef & Lamb and Central Region Framers Trust
Mike Ratcliffe (Lancashire, Northern) ‘Aquaponics Expedition: Assessment of worldwide state-of the-art techniques & technologies for consolidation and adaptation of findings for the UK scenario’ generously sponsored by The Richard Lawes Foundation
Daniel Roberts (Northamptonshire, East Midlands) ‘Avian Influenza: How can we reduce the risk?’ generously sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Farmers and Savills with The Poultry Meat Group: Aviagen, Cobb Europe, Hubbard
Cameron Roucher (Sussex, South East) ‘A study of best practice in challenging climates: Realising the potential of UK viticulture’ generously sponsored by East Sussex NFU
Hugh Sheddon (Yorkshire, Northern) ‘Utilizing precision technology in the UK pig industry to enhance profitability and sustainability’ generously sponsored by Yorkshire Agriculture Society
Tim Stephens (Dorset, South West) ‘How can the farming industry and water companies work together to ensure clean water?’ generously sponsored by The Studley College Trust
Richard Tudor (Powys, Wales) ‘Soil Health and Fertility in Grasslands: an essential component in improving upland beef and sheep productivity and sustainability’ generously sponsored by McDonald’s UK
Iwan Vaughan (Powys, Wales) ‘Exploring sustainable protein sources to feed the UK dairy industry, whilst increasing rumen nitrogen efficiency’ generously sponsored by Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and McDonald’s UK