Potato grower awarded scholarship


25 October 2022
Scholar to focus on marketing strategies and managing potatoes as part of a regenerative agriculture system.

A POTATO grower is amongst the 2023 Nuffield Farming Scholars appointed by the The Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust (NFST) in the UK. 

Harry Barnett runs a potato growing enterprise on the Holkham Estate in North Norfolk, growing approximately 420 hectares of potatoes annually. Specialising in salad varieties for the pre-pack and export market, he has a keen interest in making the business more competitive and reducing risk. 

For his topic, Harry will learn how UK potato growers can counteract the agronomic and market challenges they are facing. He will focus on options for grower marketing strategies and managing potatoes as part of a regenerative agriculture system. 

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Harry will study ‘How to counteract the agronomic and market challenges facing UK potato growers’ for his Scholarship, which is generously sponsored jointly by McDonald's UK & Ireland and Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association.

Director of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship Trust, Mike Vacher, said: “Over the past 75 years, Nuffield Farming Scholars have contributed immensely to the food and farming industry, leading the way during challenging times. We have no doubt that our new Scholars will continue this tradition, offering both knowledge and leadership in their chosen topics. Coming from a range of sectors, they will investigate some of our most pertinent issues and explore new ways of meeting the future needs of the industry.

“Sharing knowledge and learnings will be more important than ever moving forward. Nuffield Farming Scholars not only become experts in their chosen topics, but leaders who are able to navigate change. This year’s Scholars have not only been chosen for the passion they hold for their topic, but also for their leadership traits and potential to shape the future of agriculture." 

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