Ag Bureau seeks spirited rural youth for 2018 scholarships

Excellence awards open for SA rural youth

RURAL WINNERS: Spirit of Excellence 2017 recipients Tracy Bonython, Nuriootpa, Greg Cock, Mount Barker, and Kayla Starkey, Mount Pleasant.

RURAL WINNERS: Spirit of Excellence 2017 recipients Tracy Bonython, Nuriootpa, Greg Cock, Mount Barker, and Kayla Starkey, Mount Pleasant.

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Entries for the Ag Bureau's 2018 Spirit of Excellence awards are now open.

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The Agricultural Bureau of South Australia has opened the Spirit of Excellence in Agriculture awards for 2018, giving young SA farmers and rural youth the opportunity to pursue personal and professional development.

The sustainable agriculture scholarship, offered in memory of Peter Olsen for young farmers aged 18 to 40, is valued at $8000 and will help the recipient pursue further study, take a study tour or run a special project.

The rural youth bursary is a $5000 grant for rural young people aged 18 to 30 working in a rural community, to undertake further study or develop a special project, though not strictly agriculture based, which will ultimately benefit the rural community.

The Lois Harris scholarship is a $2000 scholarship for a first year student studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Adelaide, and the service to primary production award recognises the achievements of people who have provided exceptional service to primary production.

 Ag Bureau chair Mark Grossman, said that successful recipients for each award are chosen on their abilities, achievements, vision and motivation for success.

“The Ag Bureau of SA is proud to continue to encourage and support rural youth who are working not only in primary production but in careers that sustain rural communities,” said Mr Grossman.

“We encourage all members of the community to nominate and encourage applicants.”

Entries close 5pm September 17, with winners announced at the Ag Bureau’s Spirit of Excellence Awards Dinner, October 18. 

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