Thank you! Tak! Asante Sana! Sláinte!
What a year it has been.
16 weeks of travel to 12 countries – and more still to come.
I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who have helped me on my Nuffield journey so far. To the new friends I’ve made all over the world – thank you for having an open mind, answering my calls and emails and agreeing to meet with me. I ask some pretty tricky questions but without you, my Nuffield is nuffing! (sorry that was awful)
To the dedicated team at the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust in the UK, Nuffield International and my sponsors The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society and The Trehane Trust – thank you for making this year possible and for the continued support along the way.
To my family and my amazing boyfriend Alex – thank you for keeping me calm when things get a little overwhelming.
To the other 2016 Nuffield Scholars at home and around the world – hope you’re all doing great since we were last together at our conference in March. #Nuffield16 THIS IS CAVAN!
To anyone that reads this blog – thank you so much and please keep reading!
Here are some of the faces that have made this year of adventure so unforgettable.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and a heartfelt HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all!
Roz O’Shaughnessy and Michael Walsh, Bord Bia, Dublin
Donelle Eller, Reporter, Des Moines Register
The legend that is Phil Tilly in Kenya
Nuffield Scholars on a rock in Laikipia, Kenya
This is Cavan! My souvenir from the Contemporary Scholars Conference in Ireland in March
Irish journalist and broadcaster Ella McSweeney
After branding calves in South Dakota – the Stomprud Family
Investigative journalist, broadcaster and foodie podcaster Monica Eng in Chicago
Terry James, News and Agribusines Director, WJBC, Illinois
Mike Naig, Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Iowa
Stanley Gitau, dairy farmer, driver and safari guide, Laikipia, Kenya
GFP dinner, South Africa
Darragh McCullough, Irish farmer, journalist and presenter of RTÉ’s Ear to the Ground
The Shamba Shape Up crew, Kenya
John Kamau, investigative reporter, The Daily Nation, Nairobi
My year group – the UK’s crop of 2016 Nuffield Scholars
Søren Andersen, Press Officer, Danish Agriculture & Food Council
Pat Bane, Illinois hog farmer
I always take the opportunity to climb a silo!
Mike Brady, agricultural consultant and land agent, County Cork, Ireland
I wouldn’t be doing a Nuffield without the support of this man – Jeremy Hayes, former BBC Editor of Rural Affairs
Corn dude! Alsum Sweetcorn at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
Jeff Kirwan, Board of Directors and David Erickson, Vice President of Illinois Farm Bureau
Me and my Alex on Zanzibar, Tanzania
Irish Nuffield Scholar Maeve O’Keeffe demonstrates her Inspect 4 turnover crate
Karl Plume from Reuters in Chicago
On the beach in County Wexford with my uni friend Jacqueline Walsh, who also works for the Irish Young Farmers organisation Macra
Wayne Dredge downs the Joburg Beer in The Shack, Johannesburg, South Africa
In the RTÉ Countrywide studio with Damien O’Reilly
Gil and Lisa Gullickson in Iowa. Gil is crop editor at Successful Farming.
The late Jill Betts and her husband David in Kenya, April 2016
US Department of Agriculture, Washington DC
The wonderful Reinhold family on their ranch near Sturgis, South Dakota
Brad Moline, turkey farmer, Iowa
The team at Meredith Publishing in Des Moines, Iowa
Willis Kern, News Director and Charlie Schlenker, Assistant News Director, WGLT, Illinois
Sunday morning with the Stomprud Family
Me, Tim Smith (Canadian Nuffield Scholar), William Harrington (Aus) and Luciano Loman (Brazil) in Kenya
Irish legend and Nuffield Scholar Tommy Moyles on his beef farm in Clonakilty
Danish journalist Jan who I met randomly in a backpackers’ hostel in Chicago
Lachie Green in a cheese factory, South Africa
Sally Worley, Executive Director, Practical Farmers of Iowa
My GFP group – friends for life
My Dad who travelled with me through South Dakota. One of the highlights of my year.
Brian Mabry, Deputy Director, Office of Public Affairs and Consumer Education, USDA in Washington DC
Acting Secretary of State for Agriculture Michael T Scuse, in his office in Washington DC
2016 Nuffield Scholars in Northern France on a tour of WW1 battlefields
Old friends David Betts and David Stanley in a field of wheat, Kenya
Kjeld Hansen, investigative journalist and author, Denmark
Eric & Carrie Johnson, Jordanal Farms selling their pasture raised meat at Madison Farmers’ Market, Wisconsin
The legend that is Charlotte Smith at work in Broadcasting House, London.
Larry Reinhold, cattle rancher, Sturgis, South Dakota
Julius Sigei and Michael Oriedo, Seeds of Gold, Daily Nation, Nairobi
GFP buddies – getting sloshed my Maeve in Ireland
GFP: Lachie Green, Richard Fowler, Maeve O’Keeffe and Luciano Loman in The Shack, Johannesburg
Ulrik Haagerup, Executive Director of News, DR Beyn, Denmark
Jonathan Hoare and Ultan Waldron, Press Officer, Department of Agriculture, Dublin
Hotdog dudes in Chicago
Peter Kiær, pig farmer, Denmark
Kent Politsch, Public Affairs Chief, USDA, Washington DC
Nuffield Scholars on the equator
John Pieterson, News Director, KOTA TV in Rapid City, South Dakota
My Nuffield mentor Nic Small, Certainly Wood, Herefordshire
Jim and Rebecca from Northwood Organic Farm in Wisconsin
South Dakota rancher Larry Stomprud feeding his young bulls
Nicole Foster, ‘City Mom’, part of the Illinois Farm Families project