19 September 2014
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Ballance Agri-Nutrients is calling for applications to its 2015 agricultural and process engineering scholarship
Specialist skills in the areas of engineering, science, precision agriculture and agri-business have been identified, by
a Ministry of Primary Industries report, as key areas to support the future of New Zealand’s primary sector. This is a
view shared by Ballance.
The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) released a research paper ‘People Powered – building capabilities to keep New Zealand’s primary industries internationally competitive’, on 6 June 2014, in partnership with Beef + Lamb New Zealand and DairyNZ. The report summarises the expected
capability needs for each of the primary industries and associated support services.
Warwick Catto, Science Strategy Manager at Ballance, said the primary industry needs to continue building a skilled and
qualified workforce and the co-operative has directly supported this with its scholarship programme for more than a
“Ballance supports the recommendations of the MPI report and believes New Zealand must future proof its workforce as the
primary industry is the backbone of our economy.
“There are many exciting and interesting career paths in the agricultural and engineering sectors and these scholarships
are part of our ongoing commitment to building a strong sector for the future.”
From soil and water scientists to farmers, vets, engineers, agri-technologists and bankers, there are a wide range of
careers which Ballance is proud to support with its annual scholarship programme.
Mr Catto said the scholarship panel looks for students who demonstrate they are passionate about the primary sector and
are committed to having a long term future in the industry, which is the backbone of the New Zealand economy.
“Since 2002 we’ve awarded more than 60 scholarships, with many of these graduates now helping to shape the future of
agriculture here in New Zealand.”
Ballance scholarships are awarded to four successful candidates, providing $4,000 each year for up to three years of
tertiary level study in either general primary industry or in process engineering. The scholarships are open to
immediate family members of Ballance shareholders or company employees. Applications for Ballance scholarships opened on
1 September and close 31 October 2014.
ABOUT BALLANCE AGRI-NUTRIENTS
Covering the country with one-on-one specialist advice, Ballance Agri-Nutrients is a New Zealand farmer owned
co-operative that helps its customers to operate more profitably and sustainably.
Our approach is to create real value for farmers through the provision of complete farm nutrient management advice,
products and technology including fertiliser, feed, online farm management and aerial topdressing.