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RASF invests in next generation, announcing recipients of its 2021 Rural Scholarships Program.

26 May 2021

Sixty-six students from across country New South Wales have been given a career-defining boost today after the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) announced the recipients of its 2021 Rural Scholarship and VET Scholarship programs. Supporting students from a variety of industries, the scholarships provide financial assistance for regional and rural students studying at a recognised NSW University or TAFE who have a desire to give back to regional NSW. RASF Manager Cecilia Logan said the program provides financial freedom for students in regional areas or those looking to work in a rural community. "The RASF Rural Scholarship and VET Scholarship programs are vital in assisting students from regional NSW pursue their dream careers," Mrs Logan said. "For most regional students further study requires them to relocate and move away from their families. These scholarships are designed to help make that move or decision a little easier with funding to assist with accommodation, textbooks or income which allows them to focus on their studies," Mrs Logan said. "Our scholars come from every walk of life, but the one thing they have in common is a passion to give back to regional communities." Recipients of the 2021 RASF Rural Scholarship will receive funding of $3000 for part-time study and up to $6000 for full-time study thanks to sponsors including the UNE Foundation, Quayclean, CanAssist, ChemCert, Regional Australia Bank and The Snow Foundation. Since 2007, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has invested over $6.2 million into country NSW through its education and community grant programs. This includes over 600 scholarships to students across NSW, including targeted scholarships for regional journalism and those pursuing careers in the Australian wine industry. Applications for the 2022 RASF Rural Scholarships program and 2022 RASF VET Scholarships open July 01, 2021 . For further information, please visit www.rasf.org.au . Media Contact: Nicola Dalby E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au M : 0434 579 906 P: 02 9704 1041 About the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) Foundation: The RAS Foundation is a charitable foundation that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong and sustainable rural and regional communities through a range of targeted grants and scholarships. Visit www.rasf.org.au for more information on the RAS Foundation. Read more

From North Star to Lockhart, RASF supports six regional communities upgrade their towns.

25 May 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) has today announced the recipients of its 2021 Community Futures Grant program, providing six drought and bush fire affected communities with the necessary funding to upgrade local halls, kitchens, rest stops and gardens. Read more

The KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show celebrates the return of its world class competition and announces the recipients of the 2021 Sydney Royal Wine Scholarships.

25 May 2021

It's been a long wait for the 2021 KPMG Sydney Royal Wine Show, but today the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) is celebrating the return of its iconic national wine show and honouring the recipients of eight educational scholarships. Read more

That’s a wrap on the 2021 Sydney Royal Easter Show!

14 Apr 2021

The gates have officially closed, and animals are on their way home, after the Sydney Royal Easter Show successfully welcomed 800,000 people to the event over the 12-days of Show. This included ticket holders, agricultural and commercial exhibitors, staff, volunteers and others working at the Show. Read more

Australian seafood at the forefront of global aquaculture, says Sydney Royal Chair of Judges as competition results are announced.

24 Feb 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has today announced the result of its 2021 Sydney Royal Aquaculture competition, celebrating the recipients of its coveted champion prizes and Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. Read more

Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show celebrates Champions from across Australia with results announced today.

22 Feb 2021

Following four-days of intense judging, the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW has today announced the results of its 2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show, revealing Champions from almost every Australian state. From white milk in Queensland and delicious cold brew milk in Western Australia to Tasmanian butter, Victorian blue cheese, and New South Wales' ice cream and gelato; the Australian dairy industry was well represented in the crowning of the Sydney Royal Champions today. Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Chair of Judges, Mark Livermore, said it was impressive to see such a high calibre of product from across the country represented in the Champion and Gold classes. "The 2021 Sydney Royal Champions were outstanding, and I congratulate each producer who entered this year's competition, and who throughout some of the most difficult years faced by the dairy industry have still managed to create fantastic cheese and dairy products," Mark Livermore said. "Australians should be proud of the cheese and dairy products being produced right here in our backyard, with this year's awards representing the diversity of products from across the country." It was New South Wales which was crowned the home of ice cream and gelato this year with Champion categories going to Sydney's Gelateria Gondola, Pure Gelato, and Cow and the Moon, while Tasmania's Coal River Farm Ashed Brie, Bega's Strong and Bitey cheddar, Victoria's Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese Tarwin Blue, Pecora Dairy's Yarrawa and Meredith Dairy's Dill Goat Cheese Chevre adorned the iconic Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual trophy . Husband and wife duo Pecora Dairy wowed the judges with a sheep milk cheese taking home Champion Cheese of Show for their Yarrawa, while crowd favourite Bega Cheese also took home Champion Cheddar Cheese for the fifth year in a row with its Strong and Bitey and  Champion Butter went to Fonterra Dairy for the fourth consecutive year, this time for the Duck River Premium Butter. The competition which aims to award excellence and drive the Australian dairy industry forward by benchmarking produce, is judged on a point-based system awarding Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to those that receive over a certain benchmark score. The Gold medal recipients in each class are then re-judged to identify each Champion product. Entries are judged on qualities including 'presentation', 'flavour and aroma', and 'texture and body'. For full results including the 2021 Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal recipients; please view the 2021 Cheese & Dairy Produce Show results here and see all 2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Champions below .   Media Contact: Nicola Dalby Manager - Communications and Public Relations E: ndalby@rasnsw.com.au M: 0434 579 906     2021 Sydney Royal Cheese & Dairy Produce Show Champions: Champion Butter: Fonterra Australia, Duck River Premium Butter. Spreyton, Tasmania.   Champion White Milk, The Jim Forsyth Perpetual Trophy: Maleny Dairies , Maleny Dairies Farmer’s Choice Milk. Maleny, Queensland.  Champion Flavoured Milk: Hunt and Brew , Hunt and Brew Cold Brew Honduras Coffee. Balcatta, Western Australia.   Champion Cheddar Cheese, The NSW Food Authority Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales.   Champion Specialty Cheese, The NSW Food Authority Perpetual Trophy: Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese , Tarwin Blue. Fish Creek, Victoria.   Champion Cow Milk Cheese, The Dairy Australia Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales.   Prize (Annual Trophy) for the Champion Cheese of Show supported by the Dairy Produce committee. Pecora Dairy, Yarrawa . Robertson, New South Wales.   Australian Cheeseboard Perpetual Trophy: Bega Cheese , Strong and Bitey. North Bega, New South Wales Coal River Farm , Ashed Brie. Cambridge, Tasmania. Berrys Creek Gourmet Cheese , Tarwin Blue. Fish Creek, Victoria. Pecora Dairy , Yarrawa. Robertson, New South Wales. Meredith Dairy , Meredith Dairy Dill Goat Cheese Chevre. Meredith, Victoria.   Champion Full Cream Ice Cream or Gelato Gelateria Gondola, Pistacchio Siciliano . Chatswood, New South Wales. Champion Ice Cream or Frozen Yogurt Pure Gelato, Strawberry Yogurt Ripple . Croydon Park, New South Wales.   Champion Novel Ice Cream or Gelato Pure Gelato, Gelato filled Wafer Cannoli. Croydon Park, New South Wales.   Champion Gelato Cow & the Moon, Vanilla Bean Gelato . Enmore, New South Wales.   Champion Sorbet Bannos Bakery, Bannos Mango Sorbet . Miranda, New South Wales.   Champion Yogurt or Cultured Milk Product, The Bega Cheese Perpetual Trophy The Fabulous Fresh Bros, Ruby and Roy’s Natural Greek Strained Yogurt. Smithfield, New South Wales.   Champion Cream Riverina Fresh, Fresh Cream. Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.   Champion Dairy Dessert, Custard or Mousse Bekaa Dairies, Rice Pudding . Granville, New South Wales.   Champion Sheep, Goat, Buffalo or Camel Milk Product, The Simon Johnson Perpetual Trophy Pecora Dairy, Yarrawa . Robertson, New South Wales.   For further information or to view the full Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show results including Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners, please visit the website . Read more

RASF Community Futures Grants program offers funding for regional projects

1 Feb 2021

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF) will once again provide an opportunity for regional communities to bring their bright ideas to life, with the RASF Community Futures Grants program calling for applications. Read more

Woolworths supports NSW country Show Societies through generous donation

16 Dec 2020

Show Societies across New South Wales will reap the benefits of a generous donation by Woolworths following the cancellation of the 2020 Royal Agricultural Society of NSW’s (RAS) Big Bush BBQ, held annually at the iconic Sydney Royal Easter Show. Read more
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