The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia has opened its 2019 Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards, which offer young farmers and rural youth the opportunity to pursue personal and professional development to ultimately benefit their local communities.
Applications are now being accepted for the following awards:
- The Sustainable Agriculture Scholarship sponsored by the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) is an $8000 grant to provide farmers (aged 18-40) in South Australia with the opportunity to improve personal and professional skills that will benefit; the rural industry, the individual in their own business or employment, and the sustainability of natural resources. Recipients are able to pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project. DEW is committed to supporting communities and industry to make decisions and take action to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources.
- The Rural Youth Bursary sponsored by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) is a $5000 grant for rural young people (aged 18-30) working in a rural community in South Australia, to undertake further study or develop a special project, which will ultimately benefit the rural community. The Rural Youth Bursary is open to applicants employed in any rural capacity and not restricted to primary production.
- The Services to Primary Production Award is awarded to an Agricultural Bureau of SA member; involved in primary production in South Australia, and nominated by their Bureau Branch – president, secretary or treasurer. This Award is in recognition of an exemplary service and honours an individual or group at a particular time that demonstrates the aims and objectives of the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia.
The Ag Bureau of SA is proud to continue to encourage and support rural young people who are working not only in primary production but in careers that sustain rural communities, as well as honouring those who have contributed and continue to work in the primary production industry.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Agricultural Bureau of SA website at www.agbureau.com.au/awards Entries close 5pm Monday, 16 September 2019 with winners presented at the Ag Bureau’s Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner on Friday, 18 October, 2019.