JANUARY 2020 www.irishfarmersmonthly.com Education Forestry Ambassador Programme launched Pictured at the launch of the Forestry Ambassador Programme in Avondale Community College, Rathdrum with transition year students are Mary Gahan, Transition Year Co-ordinator, Avondale Community College; Andrew Doyle T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine; Marie Doyle, Lecturer in Forestry, UCD and Forestry Careers Ireland and Pacelli Breathnach, Society of Irish Foresters. Run by Forestry Careers Ireland, the programme aims to increase awareness of the important benefits of forestry and of forestry as a career option. Forestry professionals from the public and private sector will visit transition year students in schools across Ireland and deliver presentations on a voluntary basis to promote forestry. Student Awards 2019 2020 SCHEME OF INVESTMENT AID FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMERCIAL HORTICULTURE SECTOR This Scheme is intended to assist in the development of the commercial horticulture sector, excluding potatoes, by grant aiding capital investments in specialised horticultural plant and equipment. The Scheme is now open for applications for proposed investments. As the funds available under the Scheme are limited, investments will be in competition for grant aid. Grant aid will not be considered for works which commence before the issue of the respective letter of approval by the Department. Application forms and further information may be obtained from: Horticulture Grants Section, Horticulture and Plant Health Division, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Administration Building, Backweston Campus, Young’s Cross, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Tel: (01) 5058886 Application forms and conditions for the Scheme can be obtained on-line at: http:/ /www.agriculture.gov.ie/ farmingsectors/horticulture/horticultureschemes/ Completed applications must be received at the above address not later than 5pm Friday 17th January 2020. Pictured are (L-R) Mick O’Dowd, Kepak; Edel O’Connor, Stage 4 UCD Animal Science Student from Killarney, Co. Kerry; Jody Sweeney, Stage 4 UCD Animal and Crop Production Student from Letterkenny, Co. Donegal and John Horgan, Kepak. The annual UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science Student Awards ceremony took place recently in the O’Brien Centre for Science. The awards celebrate the excellence and achievements of students during the academic session 2018/19. Forty-six awards were presented on the evening including medals, certificates and monetary awards. agriculture.gov.ie @agriculture_ie 25