Emma Thompson and Joe at the Ekka.
Emma Thompson and Joe at the Ekka.

Ag students bring home $3000 Ekka bursaries

TWO Australian Agricultural College Corporation Emerald campus students celebrated a trip to the Ekka with news they had each won $3000 bursaries.

Stacey Breed and Emma Thompson were the recipients of the Royal National Association’s AACC bursaries which are credited to their college fees.

“I enrolled in Emerald to extend my knowledge of the Australian agricultural industry,” Emma, who hails from Warwick, said.

“I have to have a career in the rural industry in pregnancy testing and artificial insemination and after a few years of owning my own business, I would like to further my education and study to become an embryo technician.”

A strong interest in stud and prime cattle is the career focus for Stacey.

She is a regular competitor in junior judges and handlers’ show competitions across Queensland.

Emerald’s Miss Showgirl runner-up in 2011, Stacey is studying a Certificate IV in beef production and wants to complete her diploma in the subject in 2012.

“Ideally after I have finished college, I would like to find employment around the Sunshine Coast or Gympie area and would love to work for a leading livestock company,” she said.

RNA president Allan Warby said the bursaries were aimed at easing the financial burden associated with study and allowed promising young students the opportunity to realise their potential.

“What we give in this way is paid back so many times over, as these are the upcoming leaders of agriculture – our stars who will be furthering the sector far into the future,” he said.

“It is wonderful to meet young people who share a commitment to agriculture and are keen to fulfil a career in an industry which has much to offer,” Agriculture Minister Tim Mulherin said.


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