Where are they now? Part 2.

We check in with past AgriEducate Essay Competition winners

This week we caught up with Andrew Reagan and Kitty Cheng to see what’s been happening in their lives since last year’s competition.

You can read up on their prize winning entries here

Kitty came in third place in the Science Category with her essay “Sustainable Intensification (SI) in Agriculture”. She is currently studying a Masters of Environment at the University of Melbourne

What did you write your 2019 Essay about?
Sustainable Intensification

Why did you decide to enter the AgriEducate Essay competition?
 I was actually looking for research opportunities and found this in google search.

What have you been doing in the last 6 months since the competition?
Studying

 Where to next for you?
Finding a job!

What do you hope for agriculture in Australia and around the world?
Cultural shift in reducing food waste, increase of environmental awareness and more localized food systems

What do you think our food and fibre industries will be like in 10 years’ time?
Hopefully better!

Andrew came in second place in the Science Category with his essay titled “Soil Science and Crop Nutrition Management”. He studied a Bachelor of Development Studies (Geography) (Honours) at the Australian National University

What did you write your 2019 Essay about? 
The importance of scientific thinking in agriculture. Specifically, the use of controls when changing land management.

Why did you decide to enter the AgriEducate Essay competition? 
I thought it was a great way to communicate some knowledge I had gained over the years. 

What have you been doing in the last 6 months since the competition? 
I continued with my PhD project and worked on a soil carbon project for a nonprofit organisation in Africa.

Where to next for you?
I just started working for an agtech company and am excited to see it develop in Australia.

What do you hope for agriculture in Australia and around the world? 
I hope we can meet the food demands of the growing population while reducing our environmental impact. I think we can get there by continuing to make technological advancements and by sharing scientific knowledge between different geographies.

What do you think our food and fibre industries will be like in 10 years’ time? 
Less dependent on labour, more strategic with inputs, greater emphasis on traceability.

The 2020 AgriEducate Essay Competition is now opened for entries! For more information head here.

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