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Awards showcase talented young primary industries scientists.

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The Hon. Tony Burke MP

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Awards showcase talented young primary industries scientists

16 September 2009 DAFF09/323B

Young people considering careers in our primary industries have more role models to follow after key awards were announced for young people in science and innovation.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said he was impressed by the quality of the winners at the 2009 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Mr Burke addressed the awards and presented the $30,000 Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Award, which was won by Dr Leah Bradbury. Dr Bradbury has also won $20,000 from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for her research into the use of anti-inflammatory drug carprofen for long-term pain relief in sheep.

Mr Burke said the Rudd Government would continue to promote careers in agriculture which go beyond being on the land to also include scientists, agronomists, environmental professionals and more.

“The future of our primary industries depends on the next generation of young people seeing the career opportunities available in the sector,” Mr Burke said.

“There are no better role models than Dr Bradbury and the 13 other young Australians who received grants to support their innovation and talent.

“These young people will play a key role in the nation meeting the challenges of the future, including climate change and meeting the global food shortage.”

Dr Bradbury is a vet at the University of Melbourne and will use the award to expand her research to determine optimal timing and dosing levels for pain management in juvenile sheep.

“This research will provide key information to support licensing of the drug for use as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic in sheep,” Dr Bradbury said.

Grants of up to $20,000 were given to another 13 young Australians aged between 18 and 35 years who work or study in the agriculture, fisheries, and forestry, food or natural resource industries.

The projects cover research such as investigating new breeds of perennial grasses to withstand climate change impacts, developing a mechanical pollination system to improve onion crop yields, and improving the fertility of dairy cows.

The awards were sponsored by the Australian Government; Australian Animal Welfare Strategy; Australian Egg Corporation Limited; Australian Meat Processor Corporation; Australian Pork Limited; Dairy Australia; Forest and Wood Products Australia; Horticulture Australia Limited; Meat & Livestock Australia; and the Research and Development Corporations for Fisheries, Grains, Grape and Wine, Rural Industries and Sugar.

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