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2018 Tom Cranswick Memorial Award winners

Farmlands has announced the five winners of this year’s Tom Cranswick Memorial Award. The Award is available to the children of Farmlands shareholders and staff, who are studying towards a career in the primary sector.


Hugh Jackson

What you are studying?

Bachelor of Agricommerce, majoring in Farm Management, at Massey University in Palmerston North.

What is your ideal role in the industry?

I have grown up on a sheep and beef farm and have developed a real passion for agriculture in general. In addition to this, I also really enjoyed commerce subjects during my secondary schooling at St Paul’s Collegiate. This is why I have enrolled in an Agricommerce degree at Massey, as it allows me to combine both of my areas of interest. At this stage, after university I am looking to become a rural professional in a consultancy, banking or possibly even a valuation type role. However, whilst I am currently eyeing up these areas I would like to keep my options open and am generally interested in any role as long as it involves working in New Zealand’s agricultural sector.

How does this award help you?

I believe this scholarship will allow me to proceed further and enable me to reach a higher level in New Zealand’s agricultural sector. It will do this by helping me financially to complete my Bachelor of Agricommerce degree, whilst giving me exposure to contacts and potential future employers. Currently whilst at university, I am working on a dairy farm relief milking and gardening to help cover living costs. Being awarded the Tom Cranswick Memorial Award would relieve some of this financial pressure, freeing up time to invest in my degree, as I move toward the business end of my degree.


Megan Robertson

What you are studying?

Bachelor of Agricommerce, majoring in International Agribusiness, at Massey University in Palmerston North.

What is your ideal role in the industry?

Growing up and working on my family’s dairy farm on the West Coast, I have a strong passion for farm life and have always known that I wanted a career in New Zealand’s agribusiness sector. Studying an Agriculture degree, being a part of Young Farmers and working as an assistant hoof trimmer over summer has helped me realise the vast opportunities in the industry. One day I hope to return back onfarm but for now I am keeping my options open in the industry.

How does this award help you?

This award will help reduce the financial burden of tertiary education, whilst allowing me to balance my university studies with my co-curricular activity within the Massey Young Farmers Club. As well as the financial support, this award will allow me to broaden my network in the industry.


Merran Casse

What you are studying?

Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University.

What is your ideal role in the industry?

After graduating with a B.Ag Sci, I hope to move into an agronomy role. This would align well with my passion I have gained during university – to work with farmers to improve their farm systems through producing high quality forages to maximise farm production. My upbringing has allowed me to gain profound respect for farmers and those within the agricultural industry. My goal is to be able to give back to the industry by helping to make farming more productive and sustainable. In the long-term, I would love to be able to own land and spend more time on-farm.

How does this award help you?

This award will financially aid my studies during my fourth year at Lincoln University, where I will be continuing to gain knowledge of many aspects of farm systems. This will give me a grounding to be able to achieve my goals both at university and in the future to a high standard. I am extremely grateful for any financial assistance as university involves constant costs, which is an added stress on top of wanting to achieve successfully.


Charles Morrison

What you are studying?

Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University.

What is your ideal role in the industry?

My ideal role in the industry would be to work alongside farmers in a research and consultancy role, with a particular interest in hill country farming. My intentions in choosing this career path are to work in areas that will be subsequently beneficial to ensuring productivity and long-term profitability of farm businesses, which in turn assists farmers in achieving their financial, environmental and social goals for the present and future generations.

How does this award help you?

I hope through this award I will have the opportunity to encounter a range of likeminded individuals within the industry and create networks for the future, as I believe networking and relationships are essential to achieving success within the industry. The additional benefit that it provides is the support and backing of the organisation to reach my goals.


Rachael Hoogenboom

What you are studying?

Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University.

What is your ideal role in the industry?

My ideal role within the industry would be working alongside farmers and being on a more personal level with clients, not just sitting in an office. A job within the seed or fertiliser sectors is where I see myself currently, although a lot can change in the next 2 years as I learn more from my different papers – but this is where my interests lie.

How does this award help you?

This award helps by relieving some of that financial stress that students have with our growing student loans. It takes some worries away knowing that I can contribute to paying my loan off. Now that I am flatting, saving and paying rent can be challenging to balance but with the help of this award I am able to spread costs with my income so that it works for me.