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The Stapledon Memorial Trust has launched a new award targeted at farmers and those working in extension and commercial companies, which recognises that innovation not only comes from research but importantly from the industry itself.
BGS is delighted to support and promote this new scheme. As grassland and forages are amongst the cheapest feeds for ruminant livestock, identifying and developing innovative practices for their use is an important way of helping the sector to develop sustainably.
This new and flexible Fellowship is intended to provide awards to individuals, resident in the UK, to support studies of innovative practices, so that new knowledge or skills may be obtained and applied to the benefit of the grassland and forage sector across the whole chain. Up to £3000 is available per award. Successful applicants will be required to help communicate their new knowledge to others, for example through an article or presentations.
The scheme seeks to ensure that information about new practices is transferred effectively through the industry. For example, the Fellowships could support studies of novel arrangements for cooperation and marketing of produce; techniques for improved management of grazing, forage crops or silage; improved integration of agricultural and environmental and animal welfare objectives and ways to improve profitability.
The Stapledon Memorial Trust was established in 1962 to honour the life and achievements of the pioneering grassland scientist Professor Sir George Stapledon FRS. Until now, the Trust's awards have focused mainly on international support for grassland scientists.
Sir George Stapledon had high regard for grassland farmers and rural businesses, and his writings stress the importance of new knowledge and its application to ensure productive grassland and a prosperous rural economy. He was also ahead of his time in advocating the land management practices that we would now consider important in terms of sustainability and conservation. Sir George was a founding member of the British Grassland Society and was its first president.
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Future 2017 application deadlines will be: 31 May, 31 August and 30 November
For more information about the Stapledon Memorial Trust and the bursaries it offers see: http://www.stapledontrust.org.uk/Fellowship.asp
BGS is a membership organisation which acts as a communication forum, through events and publications, for the profitable and sustainable use of grass and forage.