Laura's once in a lifetime opportunity

Berwick's Laura Mitchell has been awarded a grant from the Border Union Agricultural Society.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 10th October 2016, 1:05 pm
Laura Mitchell
Laura Mitchell

Laura, from Mount Pleasant Farm, will use the grant to attend the 27th Commonwealth Agriculture Conference, from November 2-4, in Singapore, organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC).

The 24-year-old, who works as an agricultural officer for Rural Payments and Inspections, as well as helping on her family farm, will be among 400 delegates from 30 nations who will join RASC president The Princess Royal to discuss global issues such as food security, sustainability and bridging the rural-urban divide.

“I am delighted to be awarded a study grant from the Border Union Agricultural Society to attend the conference,” said Laura.

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“I am looking forward to networking with like-minded people who are also involved in the agricultural industry. It is a hugely exciting industry.

“I am hoping the conference will broaden my knowledge of the industry at a wider level and provide inspiration from other Commonwealth countries as to how they are addressing the rural-urban divide.”

Michael Lambert, RASC honorary secretary, added: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to engage with agricultural powerhouses. As the Commonwealth evolves, it will embrace the contributions of non-Commonwealth nations in this very important area of humanity – agriculture.”