Celebrating 125 years if agriculture in South Australia
14 October 2013
Two young women looking to further their agricultural careers in South Australia won the judges over in the annual Spirit of Excellence Awards.
Rewarding excellence in agriculture, livestock worker, Celia Scott took out the Peter Olsen Fellowship and this year's Rural Youth Bursary went to Chloe Shaw from Jubilee Almonds in the Riverland.
Managed by the Agricultural Bureau of South Australia, the awards offer valuable funding to provide study and research opportunities to assist with developing regional careers. They were presented at a weekend dinner in Adelaide commemorating 125 years of the Agricultural Bureau in South Australia.
Advisory Board of Agriculture Chair, Mark Grossman said that it was encouraging to see two women so passionate about their industry and to be able to assist them in turning their dreams into reality.
Celia Scott has added $8000 to assist with her plan of setting up a "Paddock to Plate' enterprise in the State's south-east.
"As a proud producer, I would like to improve the image of agriculture through direct producer and consumer communication". Celia said.
"By the time our product reaches the consumer, it is often seen as generic and run of the mill sitting there on a supermarket shelf".
Celia currently works on her family farm managing 200 Angus breeders and 3500 composite ewes.
Winner of the Rural Youth Bursary, Chloe Shaw works in the Riverland as Technical Officer for Jubilee Almonds. The $5000 bursary will see her travel to the San Joaquin Valley in California where she hopes to build close networks with researchers gaining invaluable insight into the latest developments within the almond industry.
"I'm keen to implement field trials and improve orchard management techniques for the almond industry back in Australia". Chloe said.
Also recognised were those providing an exceptional service to primary production.
Leighton Huxtable from the Borrika Agricultural Bureau has been active throughout his career in assisting local farmers in reducing operating costs.
The second recipient, Ken Solly has been instrumental in developing major events such as achievement days and managing interstate and overseas study tours, as well as developing and delivering many industry courses.
Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture Awards
Peter Olsen Fellowship
An annual agricultural fellowship awarded to a young farmer between the ages of 18 and 35 which aims to boost on-farm skills and knowledge.
The funds go towards further study, study tours or special projects.
It is named after the late Peter Olsen, an Advisory Board of Agriculture member at the time of this death in a tragic plan accident in 2002.
Rural Youth Bursary
The Rural Youth Bursary is a grant for young people, aged between 18 and 30 years of age working in rural areas.
It provides the opportunity to pursue further study, undertake a study tour or develop a special project in their chosen career.
Service to Primary Production
This award, nominated by Agricultural Bureau branches, recognises the provision of exceptional services to primary productions.
Eligibility is not restricted to farmers but to anyone involved with primary production including the service industries, government, education and agri-politics.
Media ContactMark Grossman
Chair Advisory Board of Agriculture
0408 085 682
Agricultural Bureau of South Australia
0404 707 973