Agriculture’s future leaders come together in Canberra 02 Jul 2012

Twenty six of agriculture’s brightest young stars are gathering in Canberra over the next two days to build their skills and to meet the nation’s agricultural leaders.

The students are all part of the Horizon Scholarship, an initiative set-up and coordinated by the Rural Industries R&D Corporation with the goal of attracting more school leavers to undertake university degrees in agriculture-related disciplines.

Involving Horizon Scholars from the past three years, a Scholarship workshop is being held at ANU’s University House between 2-3 July and will include roundtable discussions with industry leaders. The workshop will also help the Scholars further develop their presentation and leadership skills and practical advice on job applications and media interviews will be shared. The latest developments in the effective use of social media will also be covered.

The Scholars are studying for a range of university degrees, including veterinary science, natural resource management, agricultural science and agribusiness across eight different universities.

Rural Industries R&D Corporation Managing Director, Craig Burns said the Canberra workshop is an important part of the Horizon Scholarship’s program as the students get to share experiences with their peers and meet the agriculture industry’s leaders face-to-face.

“The workshop is an important part of the Horizon Scholarship because it provides a forum where the Scholars can not only build new skills and knowledge but also gain first-hand access to the thinking and ideas of the nation’s agricultural leaders as well as their fellow Scholars,” Mr Burns said.

The Scholarship offers a bursary of $5,000 per annum for the duration of a Scholar’s university degree and provides the students with work placements, mentors and a range of personal development opportunities. More information about the Horizon Scholarship and Scholars can be found at

Sponsors of the Horizon Scholarship are Woolworths, Agrig8, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Australian Egg Corporation, Australian Pork Limited, Australian Wool Innovation, the Cotton Research and Development Corporation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation, Horticulture Australia Limited, Meat & Livestock Australia, RIRDC, the RIRDC Chicken Meat Program and the RIRDC Rice Program.

Media contact: Damon Whittock, RIRDC Public Affairs Manager - ph. 02 6271 4175.