Young people working in agriculture are being given a unique opportunity to travel to New Zealand to progress their career and help safeguard the UK industry post Brexit.
Farmers Guardian has joined forces with The Louise Hartley Scholarship Fund and JCB to create an eight-strong study group to travel together to New Zealand in 2019. The Louise Hartley Scholarship Fund was formed in memory of the HYB member who sadly lost her brave battle with cancer in 2016.
The once-in-a-lifetime competition is offering those working in agriculture a chance to explore the landscape and country renowned for its innovation and liberalised non-subsidy system.
There is no better time for the next generation in agriculture to be challenging conventional thinking and preparing for future challenges post-Brexit.
The trip, which will take place in February 2019, will enable a group to understand the culture which has helped NZ become world leaders in a globally, competitive agricultural market and to meet the farmers who are excelling in their sector as they look to safeguard their future.
As well as looking at best practice, successful candidates will take a look at the core sectors of dairy, red meat, white meat, arable, fresh produce and agricultural diversifications.
The exclusive placements, worth £7,000 each, are being provided by The Louise Hartley Scholarship Fund following last year’s partnership between Farmers Guardian and JCB, which saw an online auction of its Pro Agri Loadall raise £74,000.
The prize includes flights, insurance, accommodation and travel.
The group will report their findings and recommendations to the wider farming community through regular correspondence with Farmers Guardian and at an event to be confirmed at a later date.
In addition to the eight places, Kite Consulting will be sponsoring 2 places and ForFarmers and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) will also be sponsoring one place each. New Zealand Trade and Investment are also providing support for the group during their tour.
The competition is open to all young people involved in agriculture and horticulture in the UK and Northern Ireland and aims to recognise individuals who are looking to learn from, influence and motivate the farming industry.
Once the shortlist is established, candidates will be invited for an interview at JCB’s world headquarters in Staffordshire on July 16th.
For more information, proposed itinerary and to download the application form visit www.fginsight.com/louise