What does a Young Farming Champion Look Like?

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What does a Young Farming Champion look Like?

This question is creating quite a bit of discussion at Picture You in Agriculture HQ

Thanks to the support of Corteva Agriscience expressions of interest are now open for the applications for the 2020/21 Cultivate Growing Young Leaders program. Graduates of Cultivate Growing Young Leaders join our Young Farming Champions alumni

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The link to the EOI can be found here.

The program’s overarching goals are:

  1. To create opportunities for young people to learn the skills needed to be adaptable and resilient in complex and changing times.
  2. To transform young people to be empowered advocates and change-makers making a difference to Australian agriculture and how it is perceived by the wider community.
  3. To amplify the youth voices of agriculture through our in-school programs: The Archibull Prize and Kreative Koalas
  4. To showcase the diversity of careers and career pathway opportunities in the agricultural sector.

Cultivate Growing Young Leaders participants will:

  • be trained, mentored and provided with skills under the guidance of some of Australia’s top media, consulting and social licence experts.
  • develop the confidence to share their stories with schools, with community, with industry and with government.
  • become role models providing positive images and perceptions of Australian agriculture and showcase the diversity of careers in the agriculture sector
  • facilitate the wider delivery of Picture You in Agriculture’s primary and secondary school programs The Archibull Prize and Kreative Koalas- Design a Bright Future Challenge
  • build place-based leadership and networking skills and have the capacity to work across agencies, the private sector as well as the community
  • graduate and join the Young Farming Champions alumni

What does a Young Farming Champion Look Like?

A few important Qs & As.

  • What age group? Expressions of interest are open for young agriculturalists aged  18 to 30 inclusive
  • What is an agriculturalist? Our definition is “a person studying to work or working in the agriculture sector?
  • What is the Agriculture sector? Our definition is the sector that produces food, natural fibres and renewable clean energy?”
  • Who works in the agriculture sector? Who doesnt work in the agriculture sector is proablaby a better question. A little know fact is 82% of careers in the agriculture sector enable farmers to produce food, fibre and affordable clean energy and there is high predicted growth in jobs in those careers

Australian farmers produce 93% of the food we consume and with the outlook for agriculture sector remaining strong (11% predicted growth by 2030), farmers are important to national well-being.  The employment impact of food production, however, reaches far beyond the farm. Eighty-two (82) percent of the careers enabling the agriculture sector are beyond the farmgate. Many of these careers such as professional, scientific and research services have high predicted growth (15% predicted growth by 2030)

  • The gender question? The YFC are as diverse as the sector
  • Is the program national? Yes the program is open to young agriculturalists from all Australian states and territories
  • When do EOIs close: EOI Closing Date: 12th June 2020

What will help you stand out from the crowd?

The program identifies, develops, and deploys emerging leaders in the agriculture sector to share their story in schools, with government and the community.

We are looking for young people who see leadership as service. We are looking for young people who will pay it forward and develop others. See examples of Young Farming Champions paying it forward here

We are looking for young people who are compassionate and curious. Young people who are just as interested in other people’s stories as you want them to be interested in yours

We are looking for young people who are committed. No matter how impressive our training team is the research consistently shows your success depends on how much effort YOU, the learner is willing to put in

Will you have impact?

Our programs directly connect young agriculturalists with young consumers. What is super exciting about that is the two groups our programs target – young agriculturalists and young consumers –  share many common concerns and hopes for the food system they are inheriting, and a strong desire to be involved in securing its future.

The Archibull Prize reach

A key to our success is we provide innovative opportunities for young people in schools and young agriculturalists to apply the skills and knowledge learnt through our programs and develop their networks in real life situations.

Examples of Young Farming Champions having impact

Our Young Farming Champions are advocates, facilitators and role models for The Archibull Prize

Meet our Young Farming Champions celebrating women in science

Meet Young Farming Champion Dan Fox the 2018 Australian Innovation Farmer of the Year

Young Farming Champion Emma Ayliffe shares her inspirational career journey to be a business owner at 26

YFC Samantha Wan shares why the world values Australian wool

YFC Casey Onus and the team from UNE Discovery show students how soils give life

Young Farming Champion Tayla Field shares the paddock to plate traceability commitment by One Harvest at Smeaton Grange

Young Farming Champion and vet Prue McCormack inspires students at AgVision

Dr Jo Newton acceptance speech for 2018 UNE Young Distinguished Alumina Award 

Apply to join the team today here

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Author: Picture You in Agriculture

The world needs creative, innovative and courageous young people who can connect, collaborate and act. We know that youth may only be 20% of the population but they are 100% of the future. The time is now to let them share their dreams and design the future they want to see.

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