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Support for next generation of agricultural leaders

USQ students have been awarded 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarships, recognising them as futures leaders of Australia’s rural industries

Indiana Rhind and Courtney Bailey will each receive $10,000 over two years towards their agricultural related degrees, as well as access to industry leaders and opportunities to network and gain knowledge at work placements and industry events.

Their success follows an extensive judging process focused on applicants’ commitment to agriculture, leadership potential and career aspirations.

USQ Bachelor of Engineering with Honours student Indiana Rhind will be supported by industry sponsor Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia (CRCNA).

“I’m really interested in any innovation that is beneficial for the environment but also affordable, practical and beneficial for producers,” Ms Rhind said.

“I feel it is very important to take the time to step onto farms and talk to producers to see what’s actually needed - not just developing solutions to problems I think they might have.”

CRCNA CEO Jed Matz said it was exciting to see students who were looking forward to spending more time working and researching in Northern Australia.

“Our sponsorship means Indiana will have the opportunity to work within a Northern Australian context, developing her knowledge of the region and developing professional networks and connections,” he said.

“This is important because we know our research has identified a deficit in attracting and retaining graduate students to stay and work within agriculture in the north."

AgriFutures Australia Managing Director John Harvey welcomed the next generation of Australian agriculture to the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program.

“We are thrilled to welcome our 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship winners, selected from a talented pool of over 85 applicants. It is very exciting to see the quality, passion and drive coming into our industries,” Mr Harvey said.

“Our scholarship program also creates a unique opportunity for students to experience career pathways they may not have otherwise been exposed to, which helps to set them up for a long and successful and career in agriculture.”

Read more about the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship

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USQ Bachelor of Engineering with Honours student Indiana Rhind