The ASA recently held a competition for one undergraduate final year student member the opportunity to win a bursary towards the ASA International Study Tour to Brussels, 4th – 5th June, 2018.
The panel of judges selected Barry Cassidy’s submission which addressed “What changes you would like to see in CAP (Central Agricultural Policy) post 2020 and how it will affect agriculture in Ireland.”
Barry is from a sheep and drystock farm in Nobber, Co. Meath, currently in his final year of an Animal Science degree in University College Dublin. He has also spent time abroad studying Dairy Science in Cornell University, New York as well as working for the Farmers Journal both in Ireland and Scotland.
When asked why he applied for the scholarship, “I’ve always had a keen interest in politics and decision making. Given the central role the EU and CAP have played in shaping Irish agriculture, a chance to see where these policies are decided was something I could not pass up on.” Barry will join other members of the ASA and provide social media updates on the ASA accounts during the two days.
Being a member of the ASA has provided a whole host of opportunities to me as a soon-to-be graduate in the agri-food sector. Along with the career events they have organised throughout my final year, the running of mock interviews is something that was very beneficial. It gave me a chance to prepare for real job interviews as well as providing very constructive feedback. As a member I now have opportunities to attend trips, such as the one to Brussels, and other events like the national conference giving me the chance to meet people currently working in the industry. – Barry Cassidy
Registration is still open for the International Study Trip to Brussels, but spaces are limited. Full details here.