“I wanted to study agriculture in my final years of high school. After my year 10 advisor told me I would have to wait until the first day of year 11 to find out if the school would offer me agriculture, instead of waiting I went and found another school that would provide me with the opportunity to study agriculture,” said Jasmine.
With the support of her family, Jasmine even moved states to realise her ambition and it’s that steely determination and sense of self that has led her to now working her dream job in agriculture.
Jasmine is a now farm business analyst with Tamworth-based consultants Agripath with consultants located in Chinchilla, Gunnedah and Boorowa. She’s also involved in helping her family run a mixed family farm at Tamworth and a beef cattle property at Hughenden, North Queensland.
A large component of her job involves collecting and presenting farm financial and physical production data to farmers in a format that allows them to understand their business and assist them to make better business decisions.
“We build data by talking to farmers about how they’re using their land, how many paddocks they have, what they’re applying and so we build a picture of what is happening in the paddock,” said Jasmine.
Diversity is a key aspect of her role and that’s something she credits the Horizon Scholarship giving her in spades.
“My school coordinator suggested I should apply for the Horizon program and as a 17-year-old I remember filling out the application form and answering the question; where do you see yourself in five years’ time?” said Jasmine.
“On my way to becoming a consultant was my answer.”
Armed with a degree in Rural Science from the University of New England and honours in animal behaviour, life has offered plenty of unique experiences.
During her time with the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program from 2015 to 2018, she’s secured placements in areas as diverse as being a jillaroo on the Western Australian/Northern Territory border, and stints within the Australian egg industry.