Farming scholar to study timberland diversification
Frank Miller has received the 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholarship for the Northern Territory.
The $30,000 scholarship will allow him to travel overseas to look at how hardwood production can be combined with other integrated land uses to optimise timber production systems suitable for the tropics.
His research with look at timberland investment projects to see how diversification can benefit investment, including considering a range of alternative income streams such as carbon offsetting, integrated grazing, understorey cropping and tourism, while continuing to grow timber for profit.
He will also look to identify emerging market opportunities for the product in Australia and overseas.
Mr Miller is the Chief Executive of African Mahogany Australia, an agribusiness management company that manages the world’s largest African mahogany plantation along with cropping for cattle feed production in the Northern Territory for a number of clients.
He has more than 20 years’ forestry experience and worked for growers in Tasmania prior to moving to Darwin in 2011.
Nuffield Australia awards farming scholarships annually to increase practical farming knowledge, management skills and techniques. They give Australian farmers the opportunity to study overseas farming practices and bring back knowledge they believe will add value to fellow farmers in their local industry and sector.
Nuffield Farming Scholarships are offered in each state and territory on a competitive basis each year but only awarded when there is a suitable applicant. The last Northern Territory scholarship winner was Dan Richards from Humpty Doo Barramundi, who won the 2016 Nuffield Australia Scholarship for the Northern Territory.
The Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships were awarded on Tuesday 18 September as part of the Nuffield Australia National Conference in Melbourne.
The Northern Territory scholarship is proudly sponsored by the Northern Territory Government.