SCHOLAR: Lucynda Anderson, Hamish Hutchings and Cameron Hosking scholarship winners completing their practical agricultural studies, harvesting the Emerald Agricultural College 2017 cotton crop.
SCHOLAR: Lucynda Anderson, Hamish Hutchings and Cameron Hosking scholarship winners completing their practical agricultural studies, harvesting the Emerald Agricultural College 2017 cotton crop. Contributed

Ag student, 17, set for trip of a lifetime

LUCYNDA Anderson will swap her long-sleeved work shirt for a thick coat in Canada, as she moves on from ag college in Emerald to a large farm in Alberta.

The 17-year-old is fresh from completing a course at the Emerald Ag College thanks to a Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges scholarship.

Now working on her family cane farm in Mackay, Lucynda said her time at college was invaluable allowing her and other students to have a hands-on approach to learning.

"The scholarship allowed me to network with people in and outside of college, build my confidence and help me with where I want to go. It also taught me not only how to do things but why we do it," she said.

She grew up in Tasmania on the family vegetable farm where they grew produce such as onions, potatoes and opium poppies pharmaceutical companies, before moving to Queensland in 2016 for college. There she received a scholarship with the Central Highland Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association and Cotton Australia.

"Before college I learnt what I knew from my parents and just being on the family property. I also did a bit of cattle showing at school in Tasmania," she said.

Now fresh out of college, Lucynda is ready for her new adventure.

"I leave for Canada in March where I'll be working on a property in Alberta for the next two years," she said.

Applications are now open for the 2018 QATC scholarships.

QATC chief executive office, Mark Tobin, said a career in agriculture offerred an enormous range of career opportunities for students.

Mr Tobin also said QATC had been supported by many organisations for the 2018 scholarships.

"We have been supported by numerous organisations, including Australian Wool Education Trust, Central Highlands Regional Council, Central Highlands Cotton Growers and Irrigators Association, and Australian Wool Innovation Limited, and Cotton Australia," he said.

Students are being urged to hurry and apply with applications for many scholarships closing January 10.

Case studies:

Cameron Hosking 17, Moura, Pathways to Agricultural Careers and Education (PACE)

What do you enjoy most of your study? I have enjoyed most of study, when doing practical on the farm, doing work with cropping and irrigation, plus the infrastructure involved in running it.

What do you plan to do after college? After college I have applied for an apprenticeship doing mechanics on agricultural equipment. However, if my apprenticeship doesn't succeed I will be getting a job on a cropping property.

What has receiving the scholarship meant to you? Receiving the scholarship means that I have been able to attend various field days and meetings. Also it has helped me grow my passion for agriculture and cotton especially. I am thankful for the scholarship as I have learnt a lot and feel I will achieve better results in life having attended college.

Hamish Hutchings 17, Dalby, Pathways to Agricultural Careers and Education (PACE)

What do you enjoy most of your study? The diversity and the range of study, from equine through to crop production. I really enjoyed applying the theory into the practical and learning new skills that I otherwise wouldn't have learnt. Without studying at the college I wouldn't have the industry exposure nor the experiences I have obtained.

What do you plan to do after college? Next year I intend on furthering my study of agriculture at university, after which I wish to work in the cotton industry whether it be farming or trading. After I accomplish my goals within the cotton industry I wish to return home to my family's property Yoorooga and work in the family business.

What has receiving the scholarship meant to you? Obtaining my scholarship has introduced me into the Emerald region's cotton industry and helped me in starting to build good relationships with the cotton growers of the Central Highlands. As well as the great networking opportunities, the scholarship has allowed me to maintain my studies at the Emerald Ag College.



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