Minister for Rural and Community Development and for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys TD launched a bursary for students attending Level 5 and Level 6 in Teagasc Ballyhaise Agricultural College, at the recent Presentation of Certificates event held in Cavan.
Boyne Valley Farmers Co-op is a purchasing group that was established over 25 years ago. It has 55 members based in Meath and Louth. This Co-op purchases inputs collectively for its farmer members as well as selling cull cows, all with the objective of obtaining the best possible value for the members.
John Clinton, Chair of Boyne Valley Co-op informed those at the launch that “Boyne Valley members regularly host students on work placements. We decided to offer bursaries to students in Ballyhaise Agricultural College to show our appreciation for their help each year”.
He added; “We would like to encourage students into education, so our first Bursary is to students to help fund their college expenses. The second Bursary is for students who are planning to travel. This is to help cover their travel expenses. We believe that it is important to travel and to see the diversity of different farming systems across the world”.
John Kelly, Principal of Teagasc Agricultural College in Ballyhaise, informed those at the launch that the first bursary would be offered to two Level 5 first year students that would benefit most from the financial assistance the bursary will offer. The second bursary would be available to two Level 6 students who intend to travel abroad.