Mark Phillips, who is the marketing specialist for the Prince Edward Island Potato Board, has been chosen as one of this year’s Nuffield Canada scholars, an Oct. 29 news release says.
Phillips is from Bonshaw, P.E.I. and his research work will focus on learning more about issues producers face with respect to developing public trust and how to work with the general public to foster an understanding of agricultural practices and the reasons behind them. The release notes his sponsor is the P.E.I. Department of Agriculture and Land.
Phillips is one of six chosen this year as Nuffield scholars. They each were awarded $15,000 to do a self-directed research program of international travel and study.
“Nuffield Canada is part of a global network of Nuffield alumni who support each other in their travel studies to learn more about various aspects of agriculture,” Blake Vince, Nuffield Canada chair and 2013 Scholar, says in the release. “This unique scholarship opportunity develops new influencers that go on to reshape our Canadian agricultural sector with revitalized innovation, global perspectives and leadership.”
The release notes recipients can come from any capacity of primary production, industry, or governance of agriculture and must do a minimum of 10 weeks of travel study within 24 months to examine and research an agriculturally relevant issue. They then write a report on their research findings and make a presentation to the Nuffield board.