Tim Crow, from Blackwood Creek in Tasmania, is one of 115 recipients of the prestigious Churchill Fellowship award. Mr Crow will develop further expertise in the cultivation, manufacturing, science, and policy of hemp and will travel to Nepal, India, Israel, Ukraine, Netherlands, Canada and USA.
Mr Crow is the Chief Executive and owner of Hemp Harvests, the only hemp seed processing facility in Tasmania, with wholesale and retail channels. He has been involved in the hemp industry for over five years as a grower, processor and advisor to the Hemp Association of Tasmania. Mr Crow has an in depth understanding of cannabis science and hemp agronomy.
“My Churchill Fellowship gives me the opportunity to discuss the current global landscape with experts in their fields, draw lessons from their trials and tribulations, and understand where and how Australia has an opportunity to play a part in the rapidly evolving and growing hemp industry,” said Mr Crow.
“Ideally, I would make a documentary film of the journey, conveying the lessons learnt and knowledge acquired and upon my return would speak at field days and conferences to share with the farming community and government officials around policy.”
“Churchill Fellowships recognise people with passion and drive, providing an unrivalled opportunity and freedom for people to experience world’s best practice on issues that matter to Australian communities,” said CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.
This year Churchill Fellowships have been awarded to 115 people from cities and towns across Australia, including 24 from NSW, 22 from VIC, 20 from QLD, 14 from WA, 8 from the ACT, 10 from SA, 10 from TAS and 7 from the NT.
It is 54 years since the first Churchill Fellowships were awarded in honour of Sir Winston Churchill, however the projects that will be aided by his legacy are still, as he intended, firmly focussed on the future.
“While the award we offer may be steeped in history, we are proud that it still remains extraordinarily relevant. Churchill Fellows are up for a challenge, they are people who can foresee an opportunity, know how to address it and will use this experience to work with and learn from their international peers and some outstanding thought leaders.
“Each and every one of the 115 Churchill Fellows will return to Australia armed with the practical knowledge and experience needed to advance their projects and create new opportunities in Australia,” added Mr Davey.
Churchill Fellowship applications open again on 1 February 2020.