Emma Subtil plans to use her scholarship for her project. Photo / Supplied

Master’s student Emma Subtil, 21, has been awarded a $1500 World Congress Charitable Trust Scholarship through NZ Young Farmers, and plans to use the money to help fund travel costs for research she has to undertake as part of her Agribusiness studies at Lincoln University.

“I’d like to travel around New Zealand examining labour shortages in the primary industries,” she said.

“I’m keen to talk with industry groups and education providers as part of the research.”

“I’m passionate about improving the perception of agriculture and attracting more talented young people into the industry,” she said.

Subtil’s parents own a 12,000ha property in Omarama that runs 19,500 merino sheep and 650 beef cattle.

She was drafting ewes when she received a phone call revealing her application for the scholarship had been successful.

“I was so excited. It was just the boost I needed before heading back to university to start my masters,” she said.

Subtil joined Lincoln Young Farmers three years ago and even served as the club’s chair and vice-chair. She was recently elected secretary of NZ Young Farmers’ sprawling Tasman region and is a former TeenAg member who chaired the club at Rangi Ruru School in Christchurch.

“I’d a like a job that helps improve relationships between people living in urban and rural areas,” she said.

“The opportunities in the primary industries are endless.”

She’s studying a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln University and will put the money towards accommodation costs.

The World Congress Charitable Trust was formed in the late 80s following a gathering of young farmers’ organisations in Christchurch.

Two university scholarships are awarded annually to NZ Young Farmers members studying agriculture or ag-related subjects.

– The Country

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