A FIRST-YEAR rural science student at UNE has been awarded the inaugural Alan Eagle Young Farming Champions Scholarship.
Emma Longworth will undertake a series of Sydney-based workshops under the mentorship of some of Australia’s finest communication, marketing and professional development experts.
“As a young person from a city background, I am keen to share with other young city people you don’t need to buy a farm to farm – and you don’t even need to be a farmer,” Emma said.
“Everyone in the agricultural sector has an important role to play.”
The one-year scholarship is named in honour of Alan Eagle, one the founders of the Hawkesbury Harvest.
“Alan was a strong supporter of young people interested in agriculture,” Young Farming Champions founder Lynne Strong said.
“He had a genuine interest in who you were and what you valued.
“Emma is a young person from the city exposed to agriculture at school and she is looking forward to inspiring other city kids to follow her career journey into agriculture.
“She makes an excellent choice to carry on Alan’s legacy of connecting country and city.”
Young Farming Champions are identified youth ambassadors and future influencers working within the agriculture sector.
They are selected for their demonstrated passion for their industry, and their ability to break down stereotypes of farming and agricultural careers.