After more than four decades working within the Tasmanian agriculture industry, a leading researcher and businessman from the state’s North-West has established a scholarship to support the next generation of agricultural science students.
Buz Green AM, of Devonport, has made an extraordinarily generous gift to the University of Tasmania to establish the (LR) Buz Green AM Scholarship in Agricultural Science.
“During my career I’ve seen just how much tertiary education can help young people from rural communities succeed,” Mr Green said.
“This scholarship is something I can create to encourage young people to pursue higher education and to stimulate interest in science and agricultural science.
“Ag science is a versatile degree and opens up many career possibilities, and its graduates are in high demand.”
The scholarship, which has been endowed in perpetuity, will provide $5,000 per year for up to four years, to a student undertaking an undergraduate qualification in agricultural science at the University of Tasmania.
It will give preference to applicants from rural areas, and those who demonstrate an interest in agriculture and financial need.
“Mr Green’s lifelong contribution to the Tasmanian agricultural industry will continue into the future through this wonderful act of generosity,” Executive Director of Advancement, Young Dawkins said.
“The University thanks him profoundly for endowing The Buz Green AM Scholarship in Agricultural Science, which will have a transformative impact on the lives of those who receive it,” he said.
In 1972 Mr Green graduated from the University with an Honours Degree in Agricultural Science and went on to join a pioneering vegetable company called Vecon Pty Ltd based at Forth in Northern Tasmania, as field and research manager for five years.
In 1976, Mr Green, together with a business partner, established Serve-Ag Pty Ltd in Devonport.
The company had four basic platforms: to supply crop protection products and provide advice, undertake research and develop technology in agriculture.
Serve-Ag has spawned a number of national and international agricultural companies involved in providing technical support, services, products and R & D to farmers Australia wide, including Peracto Pty Ltd, AgVita Analytical Pty Ltd, AgNova Technologies Pty Ltd and an entity that became Macquarie Franklin Pty Ltd.
Now semi-retired, Mr Green still serves on the board of a number of companies, and is in his tenth year as Director of the Food Plant Solutions Rotarian Action Group – an organisation which delivers self-sustaining solutions to hunger and malnutrition in developing countries.