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Beyond the Bale : September 2014
52 ON FARM Like many young people brought up on the land, Amy Carpenter from Gazette in western Victoria developed her passion for agriculture early in life. And this passion has not only persisted but thrived. Amy is now studying for a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of New England (UNE) and, to help her develop into one of the next generation of agricultural leaders, she received a Horizon Scholarship sponsored by AWI. “I grew up on a small sheep property and always loved being around the animals on the farm,” Amy said. “I have completed a Certificate II and III in Agriculture and received the Westvic Staffing Solutions VET excellence award. “While studying at school I worked as a roustabout on several properties gaining an interest in wool which led me attend a Shearing and Woolhandling school in which I learnt to crutch and shear sheep and improved my wool handling technique. I then went on to complete a Certificate III in Woolclip Preparation.” After taking a gap year as a jillaroo on a cattle station and working as a roustabout for Southern Shearing Contractors, Amy started her studies at UNE with the help of the Horizon Scholarship. Now in its fifth year, the Horizon Scholarship is designed to promote the varied career pathways that agriculture offers students entering tertiary education, while also helping to address the chronic shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries. Under the Scholarship, which is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation, AWI is supporting Amy throughout the course of her undergraduate studies by providing her with a financial bursary and professional support in the form of mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placement. The Horizon Scholarship is designed for young people like Amy who are committed to a career in primary industries after their studies. “With a huge love of animals I am particularly interested in animal nutrition and genetics. I believe both are hugely important in agriculture and are becoming more and more important as the population of the world grows and the pressure on producers to supply larger amounts of quality products increases. “Eventually I'd love to become an animal nutritionist working with farmers to help them develop feeding plans which will best suit their livestock enterprise and help them to produce top quality products in large quantities.” Amy is using the Horizon Scholarship to gain as much knowledge as possible and build a network of contacts within the agricultural industry. “I have always tried to grab every chance I've had to learn more about agriculture and the workshops provided by this scholarship are the perfect opportunity to extend on what I learn during university, helping to set me up for a successful career in the agricultural industry. “I love to join with other people my age with similar interests to discuss what we all see for the future of agriculture and how we as the leaders of tomorrow can make those things a reality.” SCHOLARSHIP EXPANDS Amy Carpenter has a Certificate III in Woolclip Preparation and is now studying for a Bachelor of Agriculture at UNE. NEXT GEN’S HORIZON Amy Carpenter from Gazette in western Victoria is the 2014 recipient of an Horizon Scholarship sponsored by AWI. Amy is studying Agriculture at the University of New England and has a strong interest in animal nutrition and genetics. The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation and aims to support the next generation of agricultural leaders.