Alumni - The 2019 NSW Farmers Memorial Scholarships recipients
Charles Bergmeier: The John White Memorial Scholarship
Charles is from Lockhart, NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business degree at the University of New England.
Charles has a keen interest precision agriculture and believes technologies to advance production, efficiencies and profitability in the changing climatic conditions are the key to the future of agricultural enterprises in Australia. Charles plans to combine his keen interest in science, mathematics and technology with his love of machinery operation and launch his own precision agriculture business, BTech Agriculture.
Charles’ scholarship was able to assist him in travelling to the USA on a study tour, allowing him to broaden his agricultural horizon and experience. Charles had the opportunity to participate in farm tours whilst on the study tour where he observed the differences and similarities in agricultural practices between Australia and USA. He found it interesting that advances in technology are providing methods globally to combat challenges in agriculture.
Siobhan Herbert, The E.L. O’Brien Scholarship
Siobahn grew up in Eugowra, NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Economics and Arts at the University of Sydney. She has a great interest in the agricultural sector and has been working in the industry from a young age.
Siobhan would like to use her degree and skills in economic policy to benefit Australian agriculture and give back to the industry she loves.
Siobhan’s scholarship assisted her in completing a two month internship in Myanmar, where she was based in development economics with a particular focus on mobile money agents. Mobile money networks have been expanding over the past 10 years and are an important part of expanding financial inclusion, particularly for low income earners in rural areas.
The results of this study will provide the basis for Siobhan’s honours thesis this year, which she hopes will provide empirical evidence on expanding financial inclusion, which is critical for those in rural areas.
Nathaniel Deans, The Alan Chapman Memorial Scholarship
Nathaniel is from Baradine, NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/Bachelor of Veterinary Science at Charles Sturt University.
Nathaniel chose the veterinarian career path to stay connected to the rural lifestyle he grew up in and to work with farmers and livestock. He aims to become a large animal veterinarian, specifically focusing on cattle and sheep. He would like to help farmers increase production as well as welfare.
Nathaniel’s scholarship supported him on two work placements. The first, in Mudgee, increased his exposure to small animal medicine.
The second, in Jugiong, was focused on large animals. Here, Nathaniel had the opportunity to do a lot of pregnancy testing, which is important for the reproductive management of herds. Nathaniel has a particular interest in pursuing this area in the future, and this placement enabled him to increase his practical skills.
Emma Rice, Paul Lockyer Memorial Scholarship
Emma is from Parkes, NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of New England (UNE).
Emma is keen to help drive innovation that will make production more efficient and resilient. Emma has a particular interest in further investigating how we can adapt our conventional approach to growing traditional summer and winter crops, as the climate and rainfall patterns are shifting in the traditional cropping regions.
Emma’s scholarship enabled her to attend a UNE Agribusiness study tour of China and Vietnam, including participating in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA) Conference held in Hangzhou, China. This was a fantastic opportunity to network with leaders and students within the international sphere of agriculture.
Emma is due to graduate from her Bachelor of Agriculture this year, and has already started her Masters also at the University of New England.
Annabel Rodgers: The Graham Blatch Memorial Goobang Scholarship
Annabel is from Merriwa, NSW and is studying a Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness at the University of Sydney.
Annabel has always had a passion for agriculture which helped lead to her decision to study agriculture at university. After growing up on an Angus beef property, Annabel was interested in exploring the agriculture industry from a post-farm gate perspective, focusing on marketing and international business.
Annabel completed her Honours on the topic of ‘Adoption, barriers and perception towards new technologies by livestock producers in Australia’ which she hopes will provide information for farmers, industry bodies and agtech retailers to communicate better to increase productivity on farm and in rural communities.