ASA Travel bursaries awarded to top Agricultural Science students to support overseas professional development

ASA and Irish Farmers Journal announce details of six student awards
The Agricultural Science Association (ASA) and the Irish Farmers Journal have announced the details of the recipients of the much sought-after PWE (Professional Work Experience) travel bursaries designed to encourage students to broaden their knowledge and travel internationally to gain experience in the global agri-food sector. Six third level Agricultural Science students, four from University College Dublin (UCD) and two from Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) will benefit from the awards which will support them while on work placements in the USA, Canada and New Zealand this year.
This is the third year in which the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal have come together to reward third-year students who opt to do the work experience element of their course overseas. The WIT bursaries are also supported by Glanbia and Seedtech.
Derrie Dillon, ASA President said, “As the professional body for the agri-food sector, the Agricultural Science Association aims to encourage and support the professional development of our Agricultural Science students in order to equip them with the skills to continue to lead our industry forward. We were really impressed with the standard of applications this year and we look forward to hearing updates on how the six students selected develop on a personal and professional level over the coming months.”
Anthony Jordan, Careers Editor, Irish Farmers Journal said, “We are delighted to partner once again with the ASA in awarding these bursaries which allow a number of students to travel overseas for the PWE placement and gain first-hand experience from farm operations around the world. We look forward to sharing their stories in the coming months and  following their career development over the next few years.”
From UCD, the recipients of the 2018 Travel Bursary in association with the ASA and Irish Farmers Journal are:

  • Mairead Fox from Moat in Westmeath will travel to Missouri in the USA where she will work with Emerald Dairies in Carthage.
  • Michael Kean from Claremorris in Mayo will travel to Idaho in the USA in May where he will undertake a dairy placement with 4 Bro’s Dairy in Shoshone.
  • Michael Delaney from Nenagh in Tipperary will travel to Saskatchewan in Canada where he will work on a beef and tillage farm.
  • Mattthew Lang from Tubbercurry in Sligo will travel to Canterbury in New Zealand where he will work on a 1250 cow dairy farm.

From WIT, the recipients of the 2018 Travel Bursary in association with the ASA, Irish Farmers Journal, Glanbia and Seedtech are:

  • Ailish Osbourne from Castledermot in Kildare will travel to New Zealand where she will work on a dairy farm with 820 cows for four months.
  • James Waters, WIT Agricultural Science student from Ballinfull, Sligo will travel to Ohio in the USA where he will work on the Miedema Dairy farm.

Rob O’Keeffe, Marketing Manager – Business, Glanbia said: “Glanbia are delighted to continue to support the WIT Ag student travel bursary again in 2018. Well done to all the students for taking the time to prepare in such a professional manner and apply for the very competitive process. Congratulations also to WIT on the continued success and development of their Agriculture and Ag. Science programmes.  We wish all of students the very best of luck in their continued studies and travels.”
Denise Stuart, Seedtech said: “As a company who partners with organisations from all over the world to bring technology advancements to the Irish Arable seed sector, we place a high value on students obtaining exposure to international markets. Seedtech is once again delighted to support this great initiative, and believe it will enable the WIT Agricultural Science students involved to gain meaningful career and life experiences, while developing a global perspective.

Updated: 22nd February 2018 — 1:07 pm