NZGSTA 2021 Scholarship Recipient – Ben Chambers

Thursday, January 21st, 2021

Congratulations to Ben Chambers of Geraldine on being awarded the NZGSTA Scholarship for 2021.


Ben Chambers

My name is Ben Chambers and I hail from the small South Canterbury township of Geraldine.

I am about to start my second year of study at Lincoln University where I am doing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science.

I will be taking papers such as farm management, plant and animal science, soil management in my first semester and will be able to specialise which papers I would like to take into the second semester.

Over the past two summers as well as the 2020/21 summer, I have been working for local agricultural contractors servicing the Mid/South Canterbury area and the Mackenzie Country too.  This gave me the real drive to pursue a career within the grain and seed industry as I have been a part of the production cycle from direct drilling through to the baling and cartage of the straw by-product.

The NZGSTA Scholarship has enabled me to further pursue my drive to work in the grain and seed industry, as well as opening doors that I didn’t know even existed.  I will be able to take a lot from being a 2021 recipient of the scholarship as the ability to network with industry professionals will be priceless.

I cannot wait to see what 2021 has in store for the NZGSTA and myself.

I am very fortunate to be the 2021 recipient of the scholarship and this will be utilised to help me achieve my goal of getting into the grain and seed field after university.

Thank you, Ben