The 2019 winner of a prestigious Australian Farm Institute competition has dedicated her award to Kristina’s memory and the $5,000 prize money to her memorial scholarship fund.
Jessica Ramsden, Corporate and Government Affairs Manager at Elanco Animal Health, was presented with the John Ralph Essay Competition prize at the AFI Roundtable event at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on October 15, 2019.
“Kristina was my mentor from the time I arrived at Elanco. She inspired excellence, integrity and purposeful collaborations, and was a thoughtful and generous friend. She would have been so proud of this achievement.”
In the essay, Jessica explores the future for animal agriculture in Australia and the sector’s challenges including public perceptions about environmental costs, changing animal welfare expectations and the emergence of alternative proteins.
“I was really struck by how old some of these issues are, there is very little that’s new – from alarm about the ecological expense of meat, to predictions about the rise of synthetic alternatives. This doesn’t suggest room for complacency, but helps to sharpen our sights on what exactly is different now, to be clear about why animal agriculture is worthy of a significant future, and to help us sort through the complexities of creating futures we can be proud of.”
Executive Director of Animal Medicines Australia, Ben Stapley, said the industry association was pleased to support the scholarship with a matched donation.
“Kristina’s contribution to the animal agriculture sector continues not only through those who knew and worked with her, but also through this scholarship which will help support leaders in the future.
“I extend my congratulations to Jessica for receiving this prestigious award and for her impressive contribution to our collective understanding of the positive future of animal agriculture.”
You can download Jessica's essay here: https://t.co/9oIXmQ8sfi?amp=1