The title of Teagasc/FBD Insurance Student of the Year for 2018 has been awarded to Paul Bowden, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny.
Paul attended the Teagasc Kildalton Agricultural College where he completed the Teagasc Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Agricultural (Dairy Herd Management) - with Distinction. Paul was presented with the student of the year award by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed TD this week, and he was congratulated by Fiona Muldoon, Chief Executive of FBD Insurance and Director of Teagasc, Professor Gerry Boyle.
The awards, which are sponsored by FBD Insurance, are made to the top 16 graduates of Teagasc Level 6 agricultural education programmes in 2018. Speaking at the awards Minister Michael Creed said: “These awards are an opportunity to showcase the talent of the modern farming workforce. I would like to congratulate all the graduates we are honouring today. I firmly believe that people of your calibre will make an important contribution to the future of the country’s biggest indigenous industry. The panel of judges have informed me that the standard was as always very high with candidates showing great initiative and diversification in their farming activities. I wish you well in your future careers.”
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Fiona Muldoon, Chief Executive of FBD insurance said: “FBD Insurance is delighted to continue our support for the FBD Insurance /Teagasc Student of the Year awards. As Ireland’s leading farm insurer we are committed to supporting the next generation of able farmers. These students are fine ambassadors for our agri-food sector and it is great to witness their ambition and passion for their farms. I congratulate all 16 finalists on being selected to represent their families, their colleges and most of all themselves. They can be very proud of their achievements to date and I wish them every success in their future careers.”
At the awards ceremony, Head of Education in Teagasc, Tony Pettit noted: “Teagasc has recently received sanction from the Department of Agriculture to appoint 12 temporary education officers on two year contract basis to sustain intake capacity to its Green Cert part-time and distance education programmes. The temporary education posts will in the main be allocated to the northwest/ northeast given the particularly high demand in those areas and geographical course access issues. Teagasc aims to enrol about 1,100 learners to its adult Green Cert programme in 2019 with courses being delivered at up to 30 locations nationwide. The projected Green Cert enrolments are additional to Teagasc’s normal full-time vocational course and Teagasc linked higher education enrolments which typically amount to 1,800 enrolments annually.”