Two entrepreneurial Tasmanians have made this year's list for a prestigious agricultural scholarship.
Now in its 70th year, the Nuffield Australia Scholarships help encourage research and innovation across the nation's agricultural sector.
Two of the 12 winners hail from Tasmania: Ross's Collette Glazik and Max Edgley from Kingston in the state's south.
Nuffield Australia chief executive - and 2013 Nuffield Scholar herself - Jodie Redcliffe said she loved the passion and ideas in this year's candidates.
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"Among the cohort, there's a strong focus on finding and sharing innovations that can make Australian agriculture and its associated value chains more resilient to changes in the environment, regulations, markets and consumer expectations," she added.
Ms Glazik is a former public sector employee and qualified lawyer who picked up sticks and moved - along with her partner and two kids - back to the family's wool farm, where they now run a self-replacing Poll Merino flock.
Following a carbon emission assessment that failed to account for the farm's sustainable practices, Ms Glazik set about expanding and investigating better methods for carbon accounting in the industry.
Meanwhile, Mr Edgley's award - supported by UTAS's Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture - will help fund his research into the state's burgeoning medical cannabis sector.
Scholars receive a $30,000 bursary to spend on travel, allowing them to investigate and explore agricultural practices and techniques from around the world.
Supported by Australian Wool Innovation, Ms Glazik's area of focus will take her to New Zealand, Argentina, Portugal, Italy, the United Kingdom, Germany and South Africa in search of emerging carbon-savvy wool producers.
"It's about looking at what other countries are using in terms of on-farm practices that are low- or no-carbon, and seeing what they're doing and whether or not those can be brought back to Australia," she said.
Mr Edgley hopes to visit the medical cannabis meccas of the US and Canada, as well as established cultivators in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain, as the industry continues to grow in Tasmania.
"It's a pretty good time to learn from more mature industries overseas and look at the opportunities and challenges that they faced."
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