Thirty-six students on the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship Program travelled from all corners of Australia to gather in Wagga Wagga, NSW to participate in a four-day workshop that aimed to develop their leadership skills and promote game-changing thinking in the agricultural space.
The scholars were fortunate to meet and learn from the seven state and territory 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award (RWA) winners whilst the group engaged in joint activities throughout the workshop.
Jasmine Whitten, a Horizon scholar studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness in her final year, and sponsored by Australian Eggs, said working alongside the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award winners was a great opportunity.
“The Rural Women’s Award winners are absolute power houses, achieving remarkable things. These ladies are role models for me and by having the opportunity to talk and learn from them, highlighted for me various pathways that I can follow to make a difference in my rural communities,” said Ms Whitten.
The combined group heard from several key note speakers including RWA Alumni Ms Edwina Beveridge, CEO of Ceres Tag Mr David Smith, Sefton’s PR Ms Robbie Sefton, AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, Mr John Harvey, and National Farmers Federation CEO, Mr Tony Mahar.
Dubbed the ‘movers and shakers’ of the next generation in agriculture the scholars participated in a ‘Talking 2030’ pitch session with students pitching to a panel in a shark-tank style. The panel included Tony Mahar, David Smith, AgriFutures Australia’s Jennifer Medway and RGTC Group Director Di Somerville.
As part of the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship Program, scholars are paired with an industry sponsor that aligns with their career aspirations and industry experience. The workshop allows the sponsors and students to meet face to face and discuss further opportunities within their industry.
Along with their sponsor activities, the scholars participated in several field trips to local businesses that aligned with the key theme of ‘Game Changers’, these included Riverina Oils and Bio Energy, Vetafarm, Coolamon Cheese and Ferrero Rocher’s local hazelnut farm.