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Cultivating the next generation of Tasmanian farmers

Jordan Burr

Jordan Burr hopes she can one day use her degree to inspire younger generations to pursue a career in agriculture.

The first year student at the University of Tasmania moved from Nook in North-West Tasmania earlier this year to study a Bachelor of Applied Science (Agricultural and Business) in Hobart.

Jordan is from a long line of Tasmanian farmers and has worked at a dairy since she was 14.

Her passion for agriculture stemmed from growing up next to her uncle’s cattle farm and being heavily involved in the local cattle handler’s club.

“Junior cattle judging and handlers classes teach you how to present yourself and handle the animal. They were a really great thing for me to do as kid,” Jordan said.

“I always loved the idea of jumping on the tractor and feeding the cows. I still do cattle handling and love it.”

Through her degree, Jordan hopes to pursue her dream of one day owning her own cattle operation and inspiring others to do the same.

With the help of a Give for Good Scholarship, Jordan was able to relocate to Hobart without the added stress of needing to find work.

“I had to leave home to study, which meant I had to leave my job. Without the scholarship, buying things for uni wouldn’t have been possible. I’m very grateful for the scholarship and the opportunities it has created for me,” She said.

Give for Good is the Domino’s charity that provides eight scholarships worth $160,000 to rural students wanting to study agriculture or business at the University of Tasmania.

Scholarships of $5000 per year are available to students who demonstrate financial need and academic merit, and who live in a rural area. Students will be supported for up to four years, including an optional honours year.

Give for Good’s newly appointed General Manager Tracy Llewelyn said the charity was passionate about education and committed to supporting the next generation of entrepreneurs, scholars, leaders and creatives.

“We are proud of Jordan and feel privileged to help support her and other young people like her as they embark on the journey of further education; often far from home.

“We hope that by providing this support, students will be able to focus on their studies and become educated, motivated leaders in their communities.”

Interim Director of the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA), Professor Mike Rose said it was fantastic to see young people interested in pursuing a career in agriculture.

“Highly skilled agricultural graduates are in strong demand in Tasmania. The training of Tasmania’s future agriculture workforce is one of the ways we are supporting industry to adapt to future challenges including increased climate variability,” Professor Rose said.

Published on: 10 Jun 2020 1:54pm