Applications are now open for Silver Fern Farms Plate to Pasture Youth Scholarships. In their second year, the scholarships award six young people around New Zealand $5000 to assist with developing their careers and capabilities in the red meat sector.

Silver Fern Farms Chief Executive Simon Limmer says the response to last year’s inaugural scholarships indicate a bright future for the red meat sector. “Silver Fern Farms welcomes applications from the industry’s emerging talent who want to contribute to a sustainable future for our red meat sector – from plate to pasture. We are excited to continue to support young people who want a future in the red meat industry.”

“Last year the winners delivered outstanding ideas on a vast range of industry issues, from biosecurity challenges, exploring ways to sustainably add value to farming businesses, as well as challenging the industry to think big and be bold, with our consumers in mind.”

“We look forward to seeing the range of ideas and fresh perspectives in the applications again this year. The scholarships support our vision: Inspirational Food created by Passionate People. They are an important opportunity for us to support our emerging leaders to contribute to our industry.”

Scholarship applications are open to people wanting to develop their career in the food or red meat industry with interests in; red meat, food production, agriculture, food marketing, marketing and sales, research and development, food processing, cooking and food technology.  

Through the scholarship process, shareholders in Silver Fern Farms co-operative engage with the applicants who require a shareholder to support their bid for a scholarship says Silver Fern Farms Co-operative Chair Rob Hewett.

“Silver Fern Farms is proud to support the future of farming and the communities where we live and work, by helping to create these new relationships. Recognising and rewarding excellence in our community is important to the co-operative,” Mr Hewett says.