Posts by 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.

Young Farming Champions share agriculture’s story through YouTube

Our Young Farming Champions have been busy over the last 4 months sharing Agriculture’s story using every vehicle available to them.

They have all now created blog posts and YouTube videos (see below) and visited all the schools in NSW participating in the 2012 Archibull Prize.

Cotton Young Farming Champions

Richie Quigley

 

and Tamsin Quirk

 

Beef Young Farming Champions

Stephanie Fowler

 

Bronwyn Roberts

 

Kylie Stretton

 

Wool Young Farming Champions

Sammi Townsend

 

Lauren Crothers

Stephanie Grills

Dairy Young Farming Champions

Tom Pearce

 

Jess Monteith

Starting and keeping the agricultural conversation going

 

Today’s post comes from Wool Young Farming Champion Steph Grills who was recently sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation to attend the Young Professionals in Agriculture forum at Sydney University.

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Steph farms at Armidale in NSW

The aim of the forum was to bring young professionals in agriculture together to connect the dots on issues of our time, including:
– effectively communicating the science of agriculture
– the role of social media in agriculture
– promoting agriculture as a career path
– networking to influence national agendas

The forum acknowledged

The modern face of agriculture will confront many challenges over the coming years. With fewer resources, our young agri-professionals will be faced with the task of leading this sector through a tough period of global food insecurity. In order to reduce the threat of the world slipping into an unprecedented global food crisis, today’s young agri-professionals will need to utilise their skills in an exceptional manner.

A much more efficient and productive group of young agri-professionals requires; coordination, dedication and education. The upcoming “Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum” aims to offer recent agricultural graduates the opportunity to further their professional development through a range of interactive educational workshops. Targeting the areas of communication, education and coordination, it is hoped that this one day conference will leave young graduates feeling invigorated about the challenges that lie ahead and eager to “keep the conversation going”.

Key speakers included our very own Annie Burbrook, Costa Georgiadis from ABC’s Gardening Australia, Social Media expert and Eureka Prize Winner Tony Peacock, Brendan Fox from Farm Plus and Bruce Howie from C-Qual Agritelligence

What follows is Steph’s highlights in her own words …….

It’s exciting to see and even more humbling and rewarding to sit a room full of Young Professionals in Agriculture all from different backgrounds and yet all having a common and united goal, “To start and keep the Agricultural conversation going”.

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Costa Georgiadis opened the forum, instilling enthusiasm and such a positive message into the room. Costa has been able to use ABC’s Gardening Australia as a platform to reach those in urban Australia. ‘Agriculture is the kitchen sink of the city’. The work that is being carried out in Bondi by planting herb and vegetable gardens on the curbs of streets to involve communities has demonstrated that its possible in urban areas. He believes in looking at cultural barriers and going around them with vocabulary. Information is just facts which leave a chasm of opportunity. It is the understanding and passion of this information, that is knowledge. You need to use vocabulary in order to engage with people. A perfect example of this is where instead of creating a herb garden, a ‘herb maze’ was created. This engaged people as we are inquisitive by nature, and encouraged people to find out what a ‘herb maze’ entailed as opposed to a simple old garden. Well nothing really. Simply some bark chips for a footpath through the garden in a snail formation. It was the same garden but it attracted and engaged the community.

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I have worked extensively with Ann Burbrook through the Young Farming Champions program, and she didn’t fail to impress at the forum. Ann has a way of encouraging those that weren’t apart of the five people in the room of around ninety, that put their hand up because they enjoyed public speaking. Most of us are terrified by the very thought. To speak in public, firstly you need the courage to get up there and then secondly, the confidence to deliver your presentation with passion. It isn’t in fact, about you. It’s about the audience and what you want them to be thinking, feeling and doing. There are many factors in getting your audience to do what you want. This includes your voice, your stance and of course your content. What’s your message?

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Tony Peacock, Chief Executive of CRC, introduced the room to the world of Twitter and the merits it provides. We learnt that as followers on twitter, we want posts to be informative, funny and exciting. Not boring and arrogant. No real surprises there however we also learnt that followers like to be challenged and questioned and don’t mind the odd random thought.

We’re also doing a pretty good job of communicating as scientists to other scientists, but we need to think about how to communicate to producers so that it’s valuable to them and then in turn to the community.

Brendan Fox spoke about Building the Knowledge base and how to get value from the internet. There is around 620 million spaces for information, so sorting through the valuable information can sometimes be a challenge.

The Q & A Panel, was the session I found most interesting. Most topics focussed on education, inspiration and engagement for the Agricultural Industry as whole. Some topics covered were that there are many jobs out there, but where are they and how do you find them? Sustainability of agriculture and also branding of the industry and individuals in agriculture was discussed. One major concern was how to involve kids to get a better understanding of the industry at a young age to encourage curiosity as they grow up and leave school. The Young Farming Champions program was a perfect example of how this is beginning to happen. The agricultural sector needs to have more of a voice and to do that we need three key points to market our ideas.

Overall the whole day was incredibly inspirational and informative. I would like to thank the Sydney University and Young Professionals in Agriculture team for getting the whole day up and running and to those guest speakers who donated their time for the day.

I would also like to extend my gratitude to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) for giving me the opportunity to attend as part of my personal development through the Young Farming Champions Program. I believe these are the types of platforms are such important opportunities for everyone in agriculture and I congratulate AWI for recognising this and supporting their Young Farming Champions to such a high level 

Young Farming Champions visit their Archibull Prize schools

The NSW Archibull Prize 2012 is coming to the pointy end of the competition with entries due in just under 3 weeks.

We have Young Farming Champions from QLD and NSW in full swing going into schools from Camden Vale to Nowra and out to Gunnedah (thanks to the generosity of Upper Namoi Cotton Growers Association)

Today Beef Young Farming Champion Bronwyn Roberts is heading from Emerald to  Berkeley Vale. Bron has just started up her Farmer Bron Facebook page to share with the community her farming journey. Check it out here

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Bronwyn Roberts

Bron will be joined by equally excited artwork judge Wendy Taylor who has also been invited by the Berkeley Vale team. Check out this awesome animation Meet today’s Australian farmer by Wendy’s husband Craig of Red Blue Design which Craig created especially for the schools participating in the Archibull Prize

 

Wool Young Farming Champion Lauren Crothers from Dirranbandi in South West Queensland to visit Homebush Boys High School

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Lauren Crothers and Ekka exhibition shearer Hayden Eley

Meat Scientist and Beef Young Farming Champion Dr (in waiting) Steph Fowler is motoring up the highway from Wagga Wagga to visit Abbotsleigh College and Muirfield High School.

Steph Fowler in the Carcass Fridge at the Ekka

Steph was so excited to check out the Hoof and Hook competition carcases at the Ekka and check out this great video featuring Dr Steph at Art4Agriculuture’s recent visit to the Ekka

  

Start some Good and Jump on board The Crossing’s Big Yellow Taxi project

I recently wrote a post about our Young Farming and Eco Champions workshop at The Crossing in September. This post shares with you more of the wonderful work they are doing and they need your help to make it happen

Jump on board The Crossing’s Big Yellow Taxi project  will help to create a song writing camp for young people! The campaign just went live on StartSomeGood! Check it out, share with your friends and contribute if you can so Dean and the team can start some good. BTW they only receive your funds if they meet their goal:

Inspired by songs like Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi, The Crossing needs your help to deliver a song writing camp for disadvantaged young Australians. The Big Yellow Taxi Project will inspire remote and isolated youth of the far south coast of NSW, to share and express ideas through music and song, about sustainable and healthy living

Young people from this area often have difficulty engaging in recreational activities and feeling part of the community due to:

  • a lack of activity options,
  • a lack of public and private transport
  • the cost and long distances they have to travel to access extracurricular activities such as professional music training.

Promotional in school sessions are planned to encourage students from local Secondary Schools to participate in a song writing camp with local professional musicians at The Crossing venue in late December 2012.

To raise funds to pay for musicians and to subsidise camp costs for young people, The Crossing is seeking funds through startsomegood.com
Pledge your support by following this link to help them to deliver a song writing camp about ‘what’s good, what’s right and what needs fixing’ and help them build youthful passion and energy in the Australian folk scene

Being part of the change that must happen

Art4agriculture was formed to fill a gaping hole in the agricultural landscape. That gaping hole is agriculture’s ability or rather inability to promote itself as an innovative, dynamic and exciting agrifood sector. A sector that our next generation best and brightest see as a career of choice   

 

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We knew from day one that we could not fill this gap alone and agriculture must adopt a cohesive, collaborative and whole of industry and Australia wide vision if we have any hope of creating a community which is engaged & informed with agriculture

So when in good faith the National Farmers Federation brought together a range of people from across the education, skills and training spectrum in March this year to discuss labour, education and skills in the agrifood sector we got very excited and headed to Canberra determined to play an active role. The aim of the forum was to identify the critical issues facing the sector and to move to address these issues through collective effort.  NFF then facilitated a subsequent working group of the forum to further these actions and Art4agriculuture is a proud member of this working group.

Today the National Agribusiness Education, Skills and Labour Taskforce (NEST) met for the third time and proudly put out this press release. Art4agriculture invites every single Australian to join us in helping agriculture be the change it must have.

Sector working together to tackle education & labour shortages

Key players in the Australian agricultural and education sectors have come together to address critical issues around education, training, skills and labour in a bid to encourage more students to take up agricultural careers.

The National Agribusiness Education, Skills and Labour Taskforce, facilitated by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), has today resolved to work together to identify issues critical to the success of the agricultural sector and to develop solutions to overcoming them.

NFF President Jock Laurie said the organisations that make up the National Agribusiness Education, Skills and Labour Taskforce have shown their commitment to tackling the ever-growing challenges of ensuring Australians are more aware of where their food and fibre comes from and attracting people to work in this exciting sector, at a meeting hosted by the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW in Sydney today.

“The Taskforce recognises that the time for action on agricultural education is now. Today, the group has resolved to collaboratively address these issues, and take the agreed solutions and actions to key decision-makers on behalf of the wider agricultural sector,” Mr Laurie said.

“This is a very positive step forward for the agricultural sector and demonstrates that we can – and will – work together to overcome issues affecting agriculture in Australia.

“According to the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations the agricultural industry has experienced the largest decline in employment over the last ten years – and predictions show that employment growth will be subdued over the next five.

“Industry estimations show that 100,000 jobs are currently available in agriculture, and we are all already all too familiar with the many challenges to rebuilding the workforce: our labour force is ageing, there are fewer young people entering our industry, drought has resulted in people leaving the industry, and other industries are competing for our workers.

“The purpose of the Taskforce is to work together to tackle these issues and ensure the agricultural industry rebuilds its image as a viable and attractive employment option,” Mr Laurie said.

The National Agribusiness Education, Skills and Labour Taskforce consists of representatives of the following organisations: National Farmers’ Federation; the Agribusiness Association of Australia Ltd; Ag Institute Australia; Australian Cane Farmers; AgriFood Skills Australia; Australian Council of Agricultural Societies; Australian Rural Leadership Foundation; Art4Agriculture; Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry; Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations; Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; Future Farmers Network; Digital Farm School; The National Association of Agricultural Educators; Primary Industry Centre for Science Education; Primary Industries Education Foundation; SA Primary Industries Skills Council; Royal Agricultural Society of NSW; Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation; Rural Skills Australia; SkillsOne Television; The Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency; TAFE; Thomas Project Services; the Tractor & Machinery Association of Australia; University of Queensland, Victorian Farmers Federation Young Agribusiness Professionals and Australian Year of the Farmer.

Young Farming Champions share Inspirational Night to Showcase Bright Future for Australian Agriculture

Today’s guest blog comes to you from Wool Young Farming Champion Stephanie Grills who frocked up as a guest of Australian Wool Innovation for the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards.  

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It was a privilege and an honour to attend the Farmer of The Year Awards 2012 held at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne, last Wednesday September 12, 2012 with my three fellow Wool Young Farming Champions. This opportunity was made possible by Australian Wool Innovation and I would like to extend my sincerest thankyou to them.

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2012 Young Farming Ambassador Kathleen Allan and Champions Stephanie Grills,  Lauren Crothers and Sammi Townsend

It was also such a privilege to be amongst a room of such high calibre producers from across the country as well as industry professionals. Not only were we in a room with these people but we were seated with them for the awards night. Over the course of the night I got to sit with a range of people, including John Webb Ware who is a Senior Consultant for the Mackinnon Project, the lovely Annie who has a background in genetics and Dubbo sheep producers and Wool Producer of the Year finalists, Don and Pam Mudford of Parkdale Merino Stud.

Don Mudford, along with his wife and sons, focus on breeding animals for both meat and wool characteristics on their 4200ha farm. Labour efficiency is a key driver in their operation, with a focus on easy care sheep. The management on farm and also farm facilities help to make this achievable. They have selected rams for their breeding values, focussing on eye muscle and fat depth.

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It was also an honour to meet Daryl and Irene Croak from Oak Hills Merino Stud in the Central Tablelands. They are no stranger to awards in the Wool Industry, but said it was great to be a part of a night that wasn’t just focussed on Wool and were amazed at the diversity of Australian Farming. They also had the highest praise for the Young Farming Champions program.

Over the course of the night, it became quite evident that the industry is moving forward. Farmers are more sustainable and resourceful than ever before and it was said that “Innovation” is usually the stuff your neighbours think at the beginning, you’re crazy for trying and question if you haven’t lost your marbles! It is these innovative practices that have enabled Australian Agriculture to be at the top of the game.

Farmer of the Year 2012 winner and also Grain Grower of the Year winner, Peter Kuhlmann, farms 9000ha in possibly one of the most difficult regions of the country, just east of Ceduna, South Australia. With just 291mm average of rainfall per year, Mr Kuhlmann has to balance timing of seeding, weed control and water use efficiency, knowing all too well the phrase ‘that every drop counts’. He describes himself as an innovator and is often amongst the first to adopt new technologies and on farm trials to evaluate them.

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Peter Kuhlmann

It was also very inspiring to listen to the Young Farmer and Farming Woman of the Year finalists and winners. If the night was any indication of what lies ahead, Australian Agriculture has a very bright future.

Innovators to my left innovators to my right

Today’s guest blog comes from the Wool Industry’s Young Farming Champion Sammi Townsend

You cant imagine just how excited I was when Australian Wool Innovation offered to fly not just me in fact all 4 of the AWI Young Farming Champions to Melbourne for the Farmer of the Year Awards on 12th of September, 2012, This fantastic experience entailed travelling down to Melbourne from my humble town of residence in Orange to meet with AWI representatives and other AWI guests!

Along with the chance to ‘frock up’, the evening allowed me to recognise the passion and innovation of producers from all corners of Australia! Some who were even seated with me at the table!

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Me (centre) with Young Farming Champions Steph Grills from Armidale and Lauren Crothers from Dirranbandi

This included Mr Don Mudford who is committed to producing easy-care sheep on his 4200ha farm in the Central West of NSW. Don produces animals for meat and wool, having selected sires for eye muscle and fat depth. Mrs Munford, who was also seated at my table, explained that it certainly took some time for her to convince Don that the breeding females were equally as important as the sire. She stated that now Don sees the girls in an entirely different light and the farm has successfully progressed onwards!

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Richard Coole winner of the Wool Producer of the Year award 2012

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Young Farming Champion Ambassador Kathleen Allan with Steph and Lauren

I was also seated at the table with Emily King, Project Officer for AWI. Emily also looks after young grower activities in the industry! To see a young woman equally as passionate about the wool industry as what I am was an inspiration- especially because she studied in Orange as well (so there were plenty of topics of choice to talk about)!

Having the opportunity to network with producers from all walks of life was an experience I’m certainly not going to forget! The enthusiasm producers showed towards their industries demonstrated to me that the future for Australian agriculture is in safe hands, and with the “Young Farmer of the Year” award and “Farming Woman of the Year”, I hope to see many people in the industry, particularly women, be rewarded for their devotion to farming sustainably and feeding the world!

Follow Sammi on Twitter @sammileettt


The Crossing

The Young Eco Champions and some of our Young Farming Champions recently travelled to Bega for two days of workshops and one day of in the field experiences.

At each of our workshops we aim to provide insights into the workplace of a farmer from the food or fibre industry the champions represent or a taste of the world of natural resource management

Our Bega workshop in the field experiences led us to The Crossing Land Education Trustwhich is the brainchild of two magnificent human beings Dean and Annette Turner. Dean and Annette gathered an amazing array of local expertise together for us to learn from and work with during our time at The Crossing

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Dean and Annette Turner

We are lucky to have our A Team of Ann Burbrook and videographer Tay Plain with us to record the experience for us which we will share with you

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Tay Plain sets up for the interviews

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Hanging out at The Crossing at Bermagui

Our time at The Crossing which saw the team sleeping in converted railway carriages meant the the YFC’s and YEC’s had the opportunity to follow in Young Eco Champion Heather Gow-Carey’s footsteps as well as see the work National Young Landcarer of the Year Megan Rowlatt is doing to engage young people in Landcare.

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Converted railway carriages provide a unique sleeping experience at The Crossing

Megan, Heather and Steph share some weekend highlights with you

Starting with Megan ………………………….

Heading to the far south coast is always a win for me. I absolutely love the landscape and the fact that the coastal communities have been relatively untouched by development. But this trip was even more special. Being amongst such incredibly passionate young farmers and eco champions always leaves me walking away with my head swimming with ideas and feeling inspired to put more energy into what I do for my industry.

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Megan leads the team on a  tree guild planting exercise

Learning more about the agricultural industry from other young people who are actually actively involved in the industry is fast becoming one of my favourite components of being involved in this program.

See Megan’s interview with Dean Turner here

Heather shares with you some background on quest to save the Koala population on the South Coast……………………….

This year, I have been lucky enough to be able to undertake an Honours project that is both very close to my heart and that will have very real and practical outcomes. Koalas have long been found in the Bega Valley, they were so common that by 1865, the Bega District News reported that it was possible to ‘catch a Koala or Native Bear in the main street of Bega’.

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Heather with Chris Allen

The population continued to remain at a high level for the remainder of the nineteenth century, able to support extensive fur trade beginning in the 1890’s, with several million skins being exported from NSW over a 20 year period. The fur trade soon collapsed and it was estimated that koala numbers in the late 1930’s were “only hundreds” throughout NSW. Though the koala populations may have recovered somewhat in the past 80 years, the distribution of koalas on the South Coast has been severely limited due to their vulnerability and inability to adapt to changing habitat conditions.

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Learning about koala poo before going out to search a survey point for any evidence of koalas

Going down to The Crossing was a great opportunity to show the other YEC’s and YFC’s the importance of the koala survey work that has been conducted by hundreds of volunteers over the past 4 years. The purpose of the surveys is to try to gauge the current population levels as well as the main areas where they inhabit. From the survey work to date, it is estimated that in the forests to the north-east of Bega, no more than 42 individual koalas remain… and so many people do not realise this!

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Chris Allen teaching everyone how to search the base of trees for koala scat

Not only are the surveys quantifying the population, they are educating so many people about the South Coast koalas and the importance of this population. There is the possibility that these koalas are the last remaining truly ‘wild’ koalas, being completely endemic to the region. With such an important and iconic species on the brink of localised extinction, it is great to work alongside people like Chris Allen (OEH) and Dean and Annette Turner (The Crossing) who are so dedicated to the surveys and are always very interested to hear about the progress of my thesis.

It is so rewarding to know that my university work will be able to be used in the field, with the preferred tree species that I have identified, along with the areas of prime habitat that I have mapped being used to assist the survey work along with the revegetation of wildlife corridors. My overall objective is to assess the habitat quality of the region, and my research has raised many interesting questions. It was originally thought that the habitat was marginal or low-quality due to the lack of ‘primary’ feed species and the poor soils and rugged terrain where the population is now limited to, but this might not be the case. It has been thought that these koalas may have a unique ability to forage an existence in this ‘marginal’ country by having unique genes and an inherited knowledge of country and place. Also, other recent research into the nutrient levels of the most utilised trees on the South Coast revealed that they are hardly different to the nutrient levels of many of the primary tree species that koalas are eating in other regions. So the habitat may now not be as poor as originally thought!

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Learning about the work The Crossing is doing to create koala friendly wildlife corridors.

I really enjoyed this workshop because it was a chance to share my research with the other young people involved in the YEC and YFC, all the while learning about their industries and lines of work. It really is a two-way learning street and I think that is what I like most about the entire program. It has really made me realise that there is more to agriculture than what I originally thought and it has opened my eyes about how much more there is to learn. The interactions between the farming and natural environments cannot be separate and in order to manage either, it is important to have a knowledge of both. So that is now my goal, to learn as much as I can about whole farm management and best management practices… so I can go off and save the world!

and more thoughts from Megan…….

I think we all took away much more from this workshop than we usually do from each other, and this was all thanks to our wonderful hosts Dean and Annette from The Crossing. Not only did we hear about sustainable design and how we can use resources we already have access to live comfortably, we were able to hear their stories of how they got to where they are today.

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Sharing ideas, trials, errors and successes, that’s the key really, in anything we do. Sharing what we learn and then allowing the next generation to come in and build on this, is how we progress and improve. Sharing our stories is the most powerful tool we have in improving our future. It’s just that simple. And spending time with such inspiring people such as Dean and Annette who open their doors to the world to learn from them, just made this resonate with me even more.

Connecting with staff from National Parks and Wildlife Services,  environmental educators Dean and Annette from The Crossing, landholders involved in biodiversity projects, and Aboriginal cultural officers all at once really cemented the fact that we are all connected to the land in one way shape or form and we all have a roll and responsibility, but we also have the ability to make a positive change by working together. The South Coast Koala Habitat project is so vital to the survival of this last remaining population of an iconic Australian species on the far south coast of NSW.

So the highlight for me, was taking part in the biodiversity planting and survey work.

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Knowing that as volunteers our small efforts were contributing to such a valuable project was rewarding. I always like getting my hands dirty and physically contributing to something worthwhile. And to see so many partners and community members working together to achieve the best possible outcomes for the future of this Koala population is fantastic. And we are now a part of this too.

Some thoughts from meat scientist  Dr Steph ………

The best thing about the workshop was that it was hands on. After a short demo on how best to plant the trees for survival and talking about why it was important to do it that particular way, off we went to plant some.

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And getting there was lots of fun. Dr Steph in the middle with Heather and Ann ( at the back)

After a chat about the koalas what they face as an impact of habitat fragmentation and how they look for them, off we went to look. Had anyone told me that as a Young Farming Champion I would be looking for koala scats, I am not sure that I would have believed them but the enthusiasm of the group was infectious and we were more than willing to participate.

The infectious enthusiasm of the group drove me to want to participate and learn about everything and Tay’s work behind the camera was no exception.

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When Tay needed a hand behind the camera to adjust the lighting, I found myself on the other side of the light and eventually managed to graduate to using the switches on the back. It’s mastering these skills you never think you would ever possibly get a chance at doing that I often find the most rewarding.

From behind the camera, it wasn’t long until I was back in front of the camera interviewing Dean from ‘The Crossing’.

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Dean and Annette have a real connection with the land and the environmental education programs, such as the Sea to Snow and the koala surveys, they run there. It was inspiring to have a chance to interview Dean and hear so eloquently, how the landscape around him has altered the journey that he has taken and how that now inspires others.

The significance of ‘The Crossing’ certainly has not been lost and we thrilled to have been part of this experience and to have the opportunity to share it with you .

LIFE is what you make it

Here at Art4Agriculture HQ our family farm produces the milk that sustains 50,000 people in Sydney everyday. It is what we do. Like all Australian farmers its our job to keep families healthy – bringing them fresh, safe & nutritious, affordable, ethically produced food and fibre every day.

In some ways our team, and every other Australian food and fibre producer, is responsible for the health, and wealth and happiness of Australians, and many other people around the world.

It’s a big job – and going to get a lot bigger over the next 20 – 50 years and we couldn’t do it without the support of the wonderful natural resource management professionals we tap into for knowledge and skills to help us keep our landscapes healthy and our waterways clean.

So the Art4agriculture team is thrilled be a proud supporting community partner of this awesome new initiative L.I.F.E aka Landcare Is For Everyone.

 

LIFE is about people across Australia, just like you, getting involved in Landcare in their everyday lives.

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Young Farming Champions and Young Eco Champions at The Crossing at Bermagui

We all know planet earth is struggling to maintain the balance of LIFE for all of the species that call it home.  Here in Australia our fragile landscape is under constant pressure from an ever-growing and consuming, modern way of life.  Landcarers everywhere are working together to maintain the health of their local environments, but the time has come for everyone to help maintain the balance of LIFE by becoming involved and thinking about their actions each and every day and what impact they have.

Whether you live in a city or a one pub town, on the beach or on a station, in the Top End or the Island State, this website is designed to give you ideas on what you can do or how you can join others in caring for the land and our environment, because after all, the land is the reason we exist and the reason we continue to survive. Getting involved in Landcare and getting involved with LIFE means many different things to different people, but one thing for sure is that no matter who you are or where you live, there’s a way that you can make a difference. There’s a way that you can help.

  • Check out your local council website and see what environmental or sustainability events and workshops you can attend. You can even be involved in Landcare in your own backyard!
  • Is there a Landcare, Bushcare, Coastcare or other environmental community group in your local area? Why not get in touch with them and see if you can lend a hand?
  • It’s not all about weeding and planting you know.  Volunteer groups need all types of help – can you write, publish and distribute a newsletter? Maybe you can update a website or help with accounts?  Whatever you can do, there’s a way you can help.
  • Are you a farmer witnessing erosion and land degradation on your property? LIFE is just what you need. Contact your local Catchment Management Authority or Natural Resource Management organisation- (Opens in a new window) today, or maybe there’s already a Landcare farming group in your area who can help.
  • Maybe you love surfing and swimming but hate seeing your beach covered in other people’s litter? Get together with some likeminded people and set up a Coastcare group today.  Together, we can make a difference.

These are just a few of the many, many ways that people can get involved with LIFE.  For every local environmental problem, you can bet there’s a group of people who want to take action to help fix it, and you can be part of this action.  LIFE is about the land, and the land is what gives us LIFE, so why not get involved in maintaining the circle of LIFE?

 

See how Art4agriculture HQ is playing their part here

 

 

Landcare is LIFE. Landcare is for everyone.

Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship Opens

The Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show has partnered with the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RAS Foundation), with a vision to assist the development of Australia’s next generation of dairy industry leaders.

The RAS Foundation is now in search of students who are passionate about forging careers in the NSW dairy produce industry and who need funding assistance to make their dream a reality.

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Made possible by a donation from long time Sydney Royal award winning producer Country Valley, the scholarship will be the first in what’s planned to be a suite of Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarships. Gerry Andersen, Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Committee Chairman said the RAS is committed to supporting the industry at the grassroots level and fulfilling the RAS charter of promoting education in agriculture.
“Students who are passionate about forging a career across a broad range of skills within the dairy industry are able to apply. Careers can include but are not limited to; agricultural science, farm management, veterinary science, food technology, lab technician, marketing and journalism professionals,” said Mr Andersen.

RAS Foundation Executive Officer, Jocellin Jansson said the scholarship aims to reduce some of the financial challenges students often face when it comes to pursuing their education and training goals. “The Sydney Royal Dairy Produce Scholarship will provide vital support and help foster opportunities for students who are passionate about pursuing careers which will make a positive contribution to the NSW dairy produce industry.”
The Scholarship offers $5,000 for full-time study and $1,500 for part-time study.

The successful scholarship recipient will also be provided with the opportunity to steward at the Sydney Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Show as well as attend the National Cheese and Dairy Judges Accreditation Course to be held in 2013. “Stewarding at the Cheese and Dairy Produce Show will not only provide a rare insight into the judging of dairy products from across the country, the recipient will also be able to network with leading cheese makers, dairy manufacturers and technologists, food media, retailers and chefs from Australia,” said Mr Andersen.

Applicants simply need to fill in the online application form found at http://www.rasf.org.au explaining why they are passionate about the NSW dairy produce Industry and how they want to play a part in its future.

Applications close 30 November and the Scholarship will be awarded in February 2013.