Future of Agriculture 063: Travel The World Learning About Agriculture as a Nuffield Scholar with Mat Hocken

What do you think about an all-expenses-paid trip around the world for six months to learn about agriculture? Does it sound too good to be true? It is too good, but it is also true. This adventure is made possible through Nuffield scholarship. Today’s guest, Mat Hocken, is a husband, father, dairy farmer from New Zealand, and a Nuffield Scholar who has travelled globally to research on his chosen topic of specialization – agricultural innovation.

Mat joins me today to share the details of this amazing scholarship program that’s been created for the advancement of agriculture in a global aspect. He gives an overview of the life of a Nuffield scholar and its new international scholarship program. He also shares how this can influence your view of the world and the agricultural industry.

“I think I’ve learned a lot from just observing what you do [in the US]. [Innovation] is also a cultural context.”  – Mat Hocken

This Week on The Future of Agriculture Podcast:

  • Specifics on the Nuffield scholarship, their scholars, and a list of participating countries
  • Requirements and qualifications for scholarship application
  • Other programs Nuffield scholars take part in while on their trip
  • What’s expected of a Nuffield scholar
  • Elements that Mat looks into in other countries as he studies and writes about agricultural innovation
  • Mat’s agricultural background and the business model he and his family use in their business
  • Backstory of how the Nuffield Scholarship came to be and how it is funded

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Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.