Renae Bice spent her childhood learning how a dairy farm works, now she wants to find out how the wider industry operates.
The 18-year-old is one of two Dairy Australia sponsored recipients of the annual Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC).
Dairy Australia will give $5000 each year to assist Ms Bice with studying for her Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University ay Wagga Wagga, NSW, where she focuses on the economic and business sectors of the agricultural industry.
Having grown up on a dairy farm at Bodalla in southern NSW, Ms Bice has a grassroots knowledge of the industry. She hopes her studies -- especially with the help of the scholarship -- will help expand her horizons even further.
"I feel very fortunate to be one of the 2017 Horizon Scholarship recipients," she said.
"I am very excited to be able to develop my skills, connect with industry professionals and increase my first-hand dairy industry experience through the valuable work placement opportunities given through this scholarship."
Ms Bice said she was excited by the possibilities that technology such as robotic milking could offer the industry and would like to work in making the supply chain more efficient from the ground up.
"It excites me to use up-to-date technological advancements," she said.
"These will help provide more in-depth analysis of farming practices around Australia in every field and make them more economically stable and viable for future success and development."
"I am also interested in commodities and trading in Australian agriculture."
Fifteen Horizon Scholars were announced this year, following an extensive judging process focused on the applicants' commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations.
RIRDC managing director John Harvey congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-and-coming leaders to the Horizon Scholarship program.
"The successful 15 scholars were selected from a talent pool of more than 150 applicants," he said. "These scholars are tipped as our brightest young leaders and are ones to watch when it comes to shaping the future of Australian agriculture.
"The unique scholarship program exposes students to career options from the start of their university journey. We aim to set students up for success and ensure they have the skills to navigate a dynamic career in agriculture."
Horizon Scholars will attend a regional workshop in July focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of 'Transformation and Change'. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.D
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