Naig encourages Iowa ag leaders to consider applying for the Nuffield International Scholarship

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For Immediate Release: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018


DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today encouraged Iowa farmers and agribusiness professionals to consider applying for a Nuffield International Scholarship.  The program allows participants to travel internationally for a minimum of 16 weeks over an 18 month period researching agricultural production, distribution, management and/or communication.

A Nuffield International Scholarship supported by the Iowa Pork Producers Association and Iowa Soybean Association is open specifically for those involved in Iowa agriculture. There are also two nationwide scholarships that Iowans would be eligible to receive.

The application deadline for this scholarship is Oct. 15, 2018.  More information about the application process can be found at

“The Nuffield International Scholarship Program gives farmers and agribusiness leaders the unique opportunity to travel around the world and research relevant and important agriculture issues. Iowa has a scholar currently participating in the program and I encourage other ag leaders in the state to learn more about the program and consider applying,” Naig said.

Nuffield Scholarships will be awarded to leading farmers and agri-professionals for the 2019/20 program. Upon selection, Nuffield Scholars will travel the world, participating in both large and small group study tours along with individual research experiences linked to their preferred study topic of choice.

The Nuffield Scholarship was developed in 1947 by entrepreneur Mr. William Morris of the United Kingdom as post-war strategy to stimulate progressive farmers to increase food production and rebuild economy. There are approximately 1800 Nuffield Scholars worldwide, forming a powerful network of global-thinking agriculturalists that have committed to life-long learning and contributions to the prosperity of the sector and society.


For more information, contact Dustin Vande Hoef, (515) 281-3375 or (515) 326-1616 (cell) or