Today’s students, tomorrow’s agriculture leaders

Tasmania’s future agricultural leaders will be acknowledged and celebrated at the 2016 University of Tasmania Agriculture Scholarships presentation at Agfest.

The scholarships provide vital support to students studying agriculture at the University of Tasmania and are made possible by the generosity and foresight of the Tasmanian agricultural community, local industry, the Tasmanian Government and the University.

There are many awards named in honour of key people who have shaped agriculture in Tasmania and several which highlight the partnerships that underpin the agricultural sector in Tasmania.

University of Tasmania Head of the School of Land and Food, Professor Holger Meinke, said the demand for skilled graduates with agricultural knowledge was huge – and growing.

“Career prospects are bright with demand for graduates still outstripping supply by 4:1. The agricultural industry is crying out for qualified people to employ and we find many of our graduates are offered jobs before they graduate.

“The future of the broad agricultural sector is strongly dependent on a well-educated and trained workforce,” Professor Meinke said.

“We are grateful for the support that comes from individuals, organisations, the Tasmanian Government and the University in supporting that education and helping to foster that talent. This support is immeasurably important to the University of Tasmania in both practical assistance and inspiration for students to excel in agricultural science.”

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