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APPLICATIONS for the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship are now open.
Students studying an ag- riculture-related degree, in their last two years of study, are eligible to apply.
The AgriFutures Hor- izon Scholarship, in partnership with indus- try sponsors, provides a $5000 bursary and pro- fessional development opportunities for eligible university students.
The AgriFutures Hor- izon Scholarship also of- fers students annual in- dustry work placements, access to industry leaders, professional development assistance and opportuni- ties to network and gain knowledge at a range of industry events.
In 2019 there are some small but important changes to the program:
• The scholarship will now be awarded for the last two years of the suc- cessful student’s degree; this change is aimed to increase networking op- portunities and pathways into careers in agriculture.
• Eligible agriculture related degrees now in- clude Science, Technolo- gy, Engineering or Maths (STEM) degrees with major studies and subject selections relevant and aligned to agriculture.
• Students studying tra- ditional agriculture de- grees such as rural sci- ence, animal science and agribusiness are also eli- gible.
• Students studying in faculties that support the prosperity of rural indus- tries, such as logistics, communications and IT, who are passionate about a career in an agriculture, are also eligible.
AgriFutures Australia recognises a broad range of skills contribute to all areas of rural industries, and is looking to attract those skilled individuals into careers in agriculture.
Fostering collaboration across multiple disciplines contributes to a growing Horizon Scholar Alumni entering the workforce.
Providing networking and professional develop- ment opportunities, along with valuable industry
placements, sees Horizon Scholars beginning their careers in agriculture with direction and readiness.
AgriFutures Horizon Scholar Matt Champness graduated in 2018 from Charles Sturt University and was an Agricultural Science medallist.
He is set to depart for Lao this year to continue his research in weed man- agement, and he recently reflected on his time in the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program.
“Without a doubt, the scholarship broadened my horizons and exposed me to so many opportunities I didn’t know existed,” Mr Champness said.
“It also connected me with like-minded young people from across Aus- tralia.”
During his time on the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program, Mr Champness participated in the 2018 Crawford Fund Conference, the National Farmers’ Fed- eration 2030 Leadership Program and co-founded ‘This is Aus Ag’ – a grass- roots initiative aiming to build trust between farm- ers and consumers.
“The most enjoyable part about the program was seeing others grow and develop in their con- fidence,” he said.
“The AgriFutures Hor- izon Scholarship provides an opportunity for stu- dents to collaborate with other young agricultural enthusiasts from various walks of life.”
Students must be enter- ing their last two years of university to be eligi- ble for the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship.
All applicants must have commenced their tertiary studies no longer than two years after leaving high school.
The online application form and terms and condi- tions can be found at agri-
Applications close at 5pm AEDT Friday on March 1, 2019.
Shortlisted applicants must be available for a telephone interview in March 2019, and scholar- ship winners will be an- nounced in May 2019.
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Swine fever in China may boost Brazilian markets
AN outbreak of African swine fever virus threat- ening pork production in China may be a boon to Brazilian and US export- ers, meat processor JBS SA’s newly appointed chief executive said in a live webcast on Decem- ber 18.
Gilberto Tomazoni said the swine fever outbreak could change the over- all landscape for protein trade, affecting not only pork markets but poten- tially other meat types like poultry and beef.
“China has already sig- nificantly increased pork imports from Brazil due to the outbreak,” Toma- zoni said.
As China scrambles to control what he called a sanitary crisis, Brazilian and US meat exporters stand to benefit, Tomazo- ni said in answer to ques-
tions from two analysts at Brazilian brokerage XP Investimentos.
China, already the des- tination for roughly half of Brazilian pork exports, produces close to 50 mil- lion tonnes of the meat annually, compared with close to 3.6 million tonnes for Brazil.
African swine fever, which first broke out in early August, prompted a Chinese campaign to curb illegal hog slaugh- tering and build more large-scale slaughter- houses.
The campaign will last until May this year as Beijing tackles the highly contagious disease that threatens the world’s larg- est pig herd.
“In our industry, food security and sanitary is- sues have a big impact,” Tomazoni said.
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