Media Release

​Celebrating future leaders of Australian agriculture​

29 June 2015

Fourteen university students with a passion for agriculture have received the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation’s (RIRDC) 2015 Horizon Scholarships.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said Horizon scholars represent the impressive talent and enthusiasm that increasing numbers of young Australians have for the future of farming in Australia, and the growing understanding that agriculture represents an increasingly valuable and diverse career pathway with a high take up of new technology and innovation.

“The Horizon Scholarship encourages young people across Australia to pursue fields of undergraduate study that will help them make a strong contribution to our agricultural industries,” Minister Joyce said.

“Agriculture is a pillar of the national economy and the backbone of rural and regional Australia.

“It’s essential that the next generation of leaders has the capacity and capability to maintain the contribution agriculture makes to the Australian community, and to realise the new opportunities and potential promised in the future. 

The Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture has found that for every graduate from an agriculture-related degree, there are five or six jobs to choose from. In other words, we need many more young people to consider agriculture as a career.

“With many of the recipients coming from strong farming backgrounds, they represent both the proud history and exciting future of farming in Australia. 

“Their youth and enthusiasm will continue to build our agricultural productivity and profitability in the years ahead.

“Importantly, these young people are strong role models for their peers – their success will continue to pave the way for more students to undertake agricultural studies.

“I congratulate this year’s scholars and commend RIRDC, and its scholarship sponsors, for their shared commitment to supporting the next generation of leaders in Australian agriculture.”

The 2015 Horizon Scholars are:

Jasmine Whitten, Hughenden, QLD 
Studying: Bachelor of Rural Science, University of New England 
Sponsor: Australian Egg Corporation

Royce Pitchford, Echunga, SA
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Adelaide
Sponsor: Australian Wool Innovation

Alison Gill, Craigburn Farm, SA
Studying: Bachelor of Science (Advanced), Adelaide University
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Amy Munro, Cumnock, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Veterinary Biology and Veterinary Science, Charles Sturt University
Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Nicholas Grant, Temora, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Caitlyn Daffey, Ballarat, VIC
Studying: Bachelor of Veterinary Science, James Cook University
Sponsor: Meat and Livestock Australia

Matthew Champness, Hamilton, VIC
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Roxanne Mostert, Redmond, WA
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Western Australia
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Camilla a’Beckett, Middle Park, VIC
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University of Melbourne
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Elicia Jitming Lim, Beverley Hills, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Eliza Seymour, Buderim, QLD
Studying: Bachelor of Science and Commerce, University of Queensland
Sponsor: Grains Research and Development Corporation

Jack McIntosh, Bathurst, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University
Sponsor: Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation

Scott Nevison, Gordon, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Cotton Research and Development Corporation

Luke Vella, Leppington, NSW
Studying: Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, University of Sydney
Sponsor: Horticulture Innovation Australia

More information on the Horizon Scholarship and profiles of the recipients can be found here: http://www.rirdc.gov.au/research-programs/rural-people-issues/horizon-scholarship​.