Guest Blog from the Royal Agricultural Society Rural Achiever Program ( 28 November 2013)
The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is pleased to announce the eight talented and rural-minded individuals from across NSW who have been named 2014 RAS Rural Achievers.
For 25 years, the RAS Rural Achiever program has recognised and celebrated the positive contribution young people make to rural communities and the agricultural industry.
The 2014 RAS Rural Achievers are:
- Brodie Argue (24), Wagga Wagga: currently studying Bachelor of Veterinary Science/Bachelor of Veterinary Biology, Charles Sturt University – Wagga Wagga
- Rowan Bromfield (28), Ariah Park: employed by Preston Grain
- Georgia Clark (20), Wyee Point: currently studying Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, University of Sydney
- Samuel Martin (24), Walcha: Banjo Cattle Company Stud Manager
- Michael McGuiggan (25), Raby: Agriculture and Science Teacher at St Gregory’s College
- Kate Molloy (20), Yenda: currently studying Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Charles Sturt University – Wagga Wagga
- Alexandra Murray (24), Young: Research Agronomist, Kalyx
- Marilyn Terlich (26), Pleasant Hills: Registered Nurse
Murray Wilton, RAS General Manager Agriculture, said that the RAS Rural Achievers program has a long and distinguished history of fostering future leaders.
“In 2014 we will be celebrating the program’s 25th year. This is a significant milestone and an opportunity for us to reflect and celebrate the wonderful ambassadors that the program continues to foster and develop,” Mr Wilton said.
“Our 2014 Rural Achievers come from a diverse range of backgrounds, but what they have in common is a passion for rural and regional NSW. We are proud to support them in their development and look forward to seeing them grow into the future leaders of their chosen fields.”
The Rural Achievers will participate in a 12-month program that provides a range of networking and professional development opportunities including; behind-the-scenes experience at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show, official functions with RAS Councilors and ASC representatives, cocktail reception at Government House, tour of NSW Parliament House and Rural Press Offices – home of program sponsor The Land newspaper, and representing the RAS at Royal Shows and events around the country.
One Rural Achiever will also be selected to participate in the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship Program and there may also be the opportunity for others to attend the National Rural Ambassador Awards, as well as the 2014 RAS of the Commonwealth Biennial Conference and Next Gen Missions in Brisbane.
All finalists will receive $2,000 in prize money, a 12-month RAS Alumni Membership and be outfitted in the latest country clothing from Akubra and Thomas Cook Clothing Co.