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New Horizon scholar for cotton (30 May 2016)

Ten young Australians with a love of agriculture and the capacity to be future leaders have each been awarded the RIRDC Horizon Scholarship for 2016 - including one CRDC-funded scholar, Sam Knight.

The Horizon Scholarship program was developed to help address the shortage of trained professionals entering primary industries and to promote the diverse career pathways that agriculture offers.

Sam Knight (pictured) is from a family cotton farm at Wee Waa, and is studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Business at UNE. After getting more involved on the farm during high school, he discovered a passion for cotton growing, which has set his career path. Sam is focused on a career in the cotton industry, with an aim to not just make an impact on his own farm, but more broadly on industry. 

“One of the biggest things I love is how the industry is always changing – you look back on cotton farming 10 years ago compared to today and the machinery and practices are completely different. It’s really exciting about to imagine what’s going to happen in the future and it’s something I really want to be a part of,” Sam said. 

“The biggest benefits of the scholarship are the opportunities, knowledge and contacts you can access. You meet a lot of different people from different businesses, different government departments, farmers growing different crops - it is great engaging with leaders of agriculture and being involved with everything they have to offer.

“I want to get involved with the farmers throughout our region with research and development, trials and even the farmers associations buy kamagra jelly online uk. I do firmly believe that through research we can continue to increase yield and profits while reducing cost and not degrading the land,” he said.

CRDC remains a strong supporter of the Horizon program, recognising that people are cotton's most valuable resource. 

"The next generation bring with them new passion, drive and enthusiasm, as well as a wealth of new ideas and we want to do all we can as an industry to support all entrants into the sector, be they farm workers, managers or owners; agribusiness professionals; or future researchers," said CRDC Executive Director Bruce Finney. 

"From our support of the Horizon scholarship, we hope to develop a network of skilled future industry leaders and industry advocates, who go on to become champions for the great work the cotton industry is doing: not just in developing its human resources, but in being important social, economic and environmental contributors."

The Horizon Scholarship is for young people passionate about agriculture, with a keen interest in the future of the industry, and who are ready to expand their networks and learn new skills. The scholarship supports undergraduates studying at university by providing a $5,000 bursary per year for the duration of their university degree, plus mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placements. 

Sam joins nine other Horizon Scholars currently supported by CRDC, including Jessica Kirkpatrick and Paul Sanderson (2013 scholars), Alana Martin, Felicity Taylor, Grace Scott, Michael Wellington and Sam Johnston (2014 scholars), and Camilla a'Beckett and Scott Nevison (2015 scholars).

For more information on the Horizon scholarship click here.