Young Farming Champions Muster July 2018 Week 4

This week’s news from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the Field

It’s been all action for our Wool Young Farming Champions (YFC) this week with the annual Australian Sheep and Wool show on in Bendigo, Victoria. Three of our “Woolly” YFC, Jo Newton, Sam Wan and Melissa Henry, and our newest Rice YFC Erica Heffer converged on the industry’s biggest event of the year and we’ve had some top stories emerge:

The amazing Sam Wan spent the weekend stewarding and speaking at the Soils Make Sense careers forum at the Careers and Technology Hub.

It’s been a huge month for Sam who has been named as one of three finalists in The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australian Annual Wool Broker Awards. She has also been recognised with the One Elders Operational Performance Award for July.  Read the full story here.  Great work, Sam!

If you’re in the world of wool you may have heard Sam speak at a recent growers function for Elders South Australia, or heard her as one of the wool auctioneer’s interviewed on the Victorian Country Hour at the last wool sale of the selling season in Melbourne last week. Take a listen here

Wool YFC and coloured wool grower Melissa Henry judged the Black and Coloured sheep section and the coloured fleece section at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. With 55 sheep entered from 8 exhibitors it was a tough task and Melissa said “The line ups for Grand Champion Ram, Ewe and Lamb were crackers!” One of her weekend highlights was the chance to see so many different breeds of sheep that you normally only see in books. We’re rapt you had such a great weekend, Mel!

Youth Voices Leadership Team Chair Jo Newton was busy hosting our Picture You In Agriculture social media channels in between stewarding merino sheep competitions.

At Friday night’s Young Stud Masters Muster Jo was one of six wool representatives hosting a panel aimed at inspiring young people into agriculture. The New Breed initiative launch, supported by Stock & Land, discussed topics including attracting young people into the wool industry, rebranding agriculture in schools, Ag-Tech, and the culture of agriculture. Way to go, Jo!

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Jo also caught up with our newest Rice YFC Erica Heffer who spent the weekend stewarding as part of her Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) Rural Achievers Experience.

Check out this great video interview with Erica about her experiences at the Sheep and Wool Show here:

From country Victoria to the top of Western Australia, Cotton YFC Alexander Stephens is possibly the nation’s most famous cotton picker this week! Alexander is about to harvest Western Australia’s first commercial cotton crop in nearly fifty years and at the time of writing, his story had been shared across Facebook almost 300 times. All eyes in the Aussie cotton industry are on this exciting and innovative venture right now. Read more about it here:

Cotton YFC and agronomist Martin Murray is also making headlines this week, in the world of bees! Check out his story via the Young Farmers Business Project, where Martin talks about acquiring his first hive of these amazing winged creatures that keep the world of agriculture running. Read the story here

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Out of the Field

YFC Anika Molesworth is in Argentina this week. As part of her work with the Argentine Agriculture Minister and the Australian Minister for Agriculture, Anika will be visiting farms, running workshops with young farmers, presenting on global agricultural challenges and opportunities and preparing a report for the Ministers on the vision of strong and resilient farming sectors.  We can’t wait to hear more about your trip Anika!

In country NSW, Grain YFC Keiley Obrien attended the @YoungFarmerBP Business Ready Workshop in Dubbo.

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as you can see from Keiley’s quote she was impressed

“ WOW what an event. We learnt a lot & found it extremely relevant given the current re-structure out contracting business is going through. Great networking op as well. Would highly recommend! #YFBP”

Archibull Prize school visits are well underway and several YFC are heading into classrooms this week. These visits are exciting days for students but for YFC they are an absolute highlight of the year. The chance to get out of the paddock, office or research lab and into schools to share their life’s passion is a thrilling and rewarding experience. This week:

Wool YFC and newly graduated vet Dione Howard is visiting Bombala High School.

Grain YFC Dan Fox is visiting Kellyville High School and Granville Boys High School.

And Casey Onus is visiting Oxley High School.

Good luck everyone!

#YouthinAg #YouthVoices18 #ArchieAction

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Young Farming Champions Muster July 2018 Week 3

This week’s Young Farming Champions stories from around the country

In the Field

Cotton Young Farming Champion Alexander Stephens takes out this year’s award for the most fields visited having covered over 6000km from Dalby, QLD, to Hay, NSW, and up to Kununurra, WA, to pick the world’s strongest and whitest cotton.

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What a way to see Australia, driving very big toys! We can’t wait to hear more about cotton picking on the Ord River, Alexander.

Wool Young Farming Champion Emma Turner spent last week home on the station collecting data for her honours thesis looking at the differences between 6 monthly and 12 monthly shearing. It involved lots of colour:

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Out of the Field

Youth Voices Leadership Team Chair Jo Newton will be hosting our social media pages this week. Head on over to our Picture You in Agriculture Facebook page to follow along and enjoy Jo’s insights from the Dairy Research Foundation Symposium and  Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo 

YFC Anika Molesworth jetted off to Argentina this morning. By invitation from the Argentine Agriculture Minister, Anika will be visiting farms, running workshops with young farmers and presenting on global agricultural challenges and opportunities.

This program coincides with the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, and part of her brief is to collaborate with young South American farmers to prepare a report for the Ministers on the vision of strong and resilient farming sectors, enabling young farmers, and promoting future industry leaders. Anika will be working with Australian Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and visiting farmer groups to discuss collaborative relationships between countries and tackling the industry’s big challenges.

YFC Sam Coggins has just returned from Myanmar where he reviewed three Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) projects looking at pulses, soil mapping and nitrogen fertiliser efficiency. The three projects aim to improve food security and farmer livelihoods. Read more about what ACIAR is doing in Myanmar here

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We are very excited to announce the Rice industry has joined the Art4Agriculture team and our very first Rice Young Farming Champion is Erika Heffer. Welcome Erika and thank you the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia. We’re really looking forward to working together. Read the story here

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Young Farming Champions Muster July 2018 Week 2

This week’s Young Farming Champions stories from around the country

IN THE FIELD

This week Wool Young Farming Champion and social media superstar Emma Turner will be taking over our Art4Agriculture social media channels and showings us life on a sheep station in outback NSW. Emma’s continuing work on her Honours Research Project into six-monthly shearing of sheep and we’re super keen to find out exactly what’s involved. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook pages this week to catch up with Emma and her beloved sheep.

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Cotton YFC, farmer and agronomist Emma Ayliffe has finished shearing and lamb marking her first drop of lambs on her farm in Central West NSW.

This week Emma is working with her cotton farming clients to prepare their paddocks for planting next year’s cotton crop.

Cotton farmers are currently adding phosphorous fertiliser to the soil where it is needed, creating rows for planting and furrows for irrigation and preparing their nitrogen budgets.

Farmers predict soil temperature in the Riverina will have reached the required 14 degrees C for planting cotton in about six weeks.

You can find out how a cotton crop is grown here

And because safety is always the most important thing, Emma is also renewing her St Johns first aid certificate this week!

YFC and grain farmer Dan Fox says farmers in his region of the NSW Riverina are very grateful for the 44 mm of rain they received in June, with Dan’s family planting wheat, barley, canola and lentils for the 2018 season.

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Dan is looking forward to attending the Victorian No Till Farming Conference this Thursday and Friday. Dan says it’s a great opportunity to learn from and network with other farmers who share the Fox family ethos of No Till Regenerative Farming.

YFC and grain farmer Marlee Langfield is attending the annual Innovation Generation Conference in Wagga Wagga, NSW, this week.

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In far-west NSW, Wool YFC and sheep and cattle farmer Bessie Thomas is still hoping for more rain. In an average year her animals would usually eat grass growing in the paddocks but while drought conditions continue, Bessie’s family is feeding their sheep and cattle a mix of grains, seeds and hay every day. This requires driving the feed around to each watering point in every paddock and it’s a time-consuming job that doesn’t allow for much other farm work and maintenance to continue.

YFC Tim Eyes hosted students from The Lakes College at his farm. They dug for potatoes, collected fresh eggs, picked oranges from the tree and milked Joyce the dairy cow. For Tim, who has entertained children both in mainstream schools and at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, hosting the TLC students was an enjoyable and eye-opening experience. Read the full story here

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OUT OF THE FIELD

Next Monday YFC Anika Molesworth is flying to Argentina! She has been invited by the Argentine Minister of Agriculture and Uruguay Minister of Agriculture to visit farms, run workshops with young farmers, and give presentations on global agricultural challenges and opportunities.

This program coincides with the G20 meeting in Buenos Aires, and part of her brief is to collaborate with young South American farmers to prepare a report for the Ministers on the vision of strong and resilient farming sectors, enabling young farmers, and promoting future industry leaders. Anika will be working with Australian Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and visiting farmer groups to discuss collaborative relationships between countries and tackling the industry’s big challenges. Happy travels and have fun, Anika!

YFC Nellie Evans, Wool YFC Adele Offley and YFC Dr Steph Fowler are going into schools in Young, NSW, for the Kreative Koalas program where they will be engaging with students about SDG Goal 12: Responsible Production and Consumption.

Youth Voices Leadership Team Chair Dr Jo Newton is sharing her leadership journey with the First National Real Estate FN squad. FN Squad is designed to bring together the First National’s under 35-year-olds for training and networking. Good luck Jo!

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Anika Molesworth has been accepted into the 2019 Homeward Bound program – a 12 month leadership program from women in STEMM to work on environmental issues and increase their strategic plans, visibility and skills development. It brings together women from all over the world, giving them personal coaches and platforms to broadcast their topics of interest. The program culminates in a voyage to Antarctica in November next year, to visit research stations, meet with scientists, and learn about climate change in this incredibly fragile region of the planet. Congratulations Anika!

Grains YFC Dee George has been announced as a state finalist in The Victorian Rural Ambassador Awards. Congrats Dee!

Grains YFC Calum Watt is a state semi-finalist in the agricultural section of the Western Australian Young Achiever awards for 2018. This week Calum was in Darwin for the Northern Food Futures Conference in his role as an AgriFutures scholarship holder, hosting a panel discussion about opportunities in the northern region. Well done Calum!

LIFETIME HIGHLIGHTS

Beef YFC Prue McCormack and Wool YFC Dione Howard are both completing their final veterinary studies exams at university this week and we wish them all the best!

Cotton YFC Casey Onus has just finished her Master of Business Administration. What a fantastic effort, well done Casey!

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Young Farming Champions Muster July 2018 Week One

This week’s top  stories from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the field

Rain, glorious rain! This beautiful sight brought slight relief to some of our New South Wales based Young Farming Champions who are currently battling drought. Red dust turned to mud on Wool Young Farming Champion Emma Turner’s family sheep property last week and we’ve all got our fingers crossed for more of the much needed wet stuff to fall again soon.

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Farm meets fashion: National clothing brand Jeanswest and Cotton Australia have joined forces to showcase the story of the Australian cotton industry with the help of our very own Cotton Young Farming Champions Emma Ayliffe and Naomi Mulligan. #cottonaustralia

Read all about Emma’s story here

And read Naomi’s story here

Congratulations Emma and Naomi, we know your love for Aussie Cotton will shine through! #

Wool Young Farming Champion Emma Turner is talking all things wool this week to a group of Small Schools from the Barwon/Moree, NSW, area who are taking part in the 2018 Archibull Prize. Four small schools from rural and remote locations around Moree decided to team up for this year’s Archibull Prize as a way of providing the great learning opportunities for remote students and sharing those opportunities with a wider audience.

They are documenting their #ArchieAction journey through their great blog the Baa!won Wooly Bully, where you can catch up on their recent exciting experience of shearing sheep. We’re looking forward to reading all about Emma’s visit!

#welovewool #wearwool #lovesheep

Out of the Field

Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth is in Leeton, NSW, this week taking part in an Australian Leadership Foundation residential program. Anika will be presenting a leadership project idea to the Rice Growers board. Good luck Anika! #WomenInAg

In Sydney, Young Farming Champion Jo Newton is a panellist and semi finalist judge at the Enactus Australia National CompetitionIf you see her, say Hi and Congratulations, because…

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This week Jo Newton was announced winner of the RAS Victoria Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture award!  Jo is a Research Scientist in Dairy Genetics for Agriculture Victoria and she donates much of her time to ensuring the next generation of scientists are aware of opportunities in agriculture. She is Chair of the Art4Agriculture Youth Voices Leadership Team committee and a highly valued member of the Young Farming Champions who is always generous in her support of all YFC. A huge congrats to you Jo! Read more about her award here

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Congratulations also goes to Young Farming Champions Jasmine Whitten and Lucy Collingridge who were finalists in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Case Study Competition, with Lucy’s team taking out first place in the Intermediate (post-graduate) section. Well done Lucy! UNE Business School #uneagriculture

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Lifetime Highlights

Love, as well as rain, must have been in the air this week with two exciting engagements.

Congratulations to Grains Young Farming Champion Keiley O’Brien on her engagement to partner Ross Noble.

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And all our best wishes to Wool Young Farming Champion Tom Tourle and fiancé Courtney Lloyd on your engagement.

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It’s such a pleasure to enjoy these highs with our Young Farming Champions throughout their lives! Best wishes Keiley and Ross, and Tom and Courtney.

#YouthVoices18 #YouthinAg #ArchieAction

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Young Farming Champions Muster June 2018 Week 4

This week’s top  stories from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the Field 

With almost all of NSW in mild to severe drought and the NSW DPI Drought Hub  providing a one-stop online destination for information on a vast range of services and support available to  farming families and communities to prepare for and manage drought some of our Young Farming Champions are reporting some good news .

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Marlee Langfield now making all the on farm management decisions on her farm at Cowra took a gamble and sowed her first crop.

Its was a very nervous wait and a great relief to get two small rainfall events which give hope for the season ahead  

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After planting her canola in what some may describe as a dust bowl Marlee was very pleased to see the rain which has encouraged the canola to shoot

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Photos Marlee Langfield 

Likewise Emma Ayliffe purchased her first farm this year and planted her first crop of barley and along with fellow Riverina farmer Dan Fox  was pleased to see the clouds open up.

Many other YFC farmers like Emma Turner, Bessie Thomas and Anika Molesworth are looking forward to the day the rains return in their region and grass can replace hand feeding with grain and hay

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 Photo Emma Turner 

Out of the Field 

Our Cotton young farming champions are visiting schools in Sydney and the Hunter this week

James Kanaley will be visiting Airds High and Mamre Anglican School and Casey Onus is visiting Irrawang, Muswellbrook and Oxely High School and Raymond Terrace Public School.

Wool Young Farming Champion Sam Wan and Youth Voices Leadership Chair Jo Newton are attending the Heart of Victoria Gala Dinner . 

Wool Young Farming Champion Lucy Collingridge is doing a great job keeping us uptodate on UNE IFAMA tour 

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Photo L-R: Jasmine Whitten, Meg Rice, Macarena Calderon and Lucy Collingridge

Updates from our global travellers

Today three Young Farming Champions (YFC) had the opportunity to meet with Macarena Calderon and discuss the issues agriculture is facing in Argentina.
Macarena is a member of the Pergamino Rural Society, particularly the youth section of the organisation.
The Pergamino Rural Society, which is like a combination of NSW Farmers and YFC, supports their rural members through political advocacy, education and training, networking and extension services. The society also supports rural youth, aged 15-35, and provide educational opportunities.
Experiences were shared, with both Macarena and YFCs understanding the difficulties their respective industries faced in educating the broader communities about where their food comes from and attracting young people to careers in agriculture.

 

Until next week #youthvoices18 #youthinag #archieaction

 

 

 

 

Young Farming Champions Muster June 2018 Week 3

This weeks top stories from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the Field 

Wool Young Farming Champion Katherine Bain currently getting the Cow Girl Experience in Canada will take up her new role as a Production Analyst with Paraway Pastoral in their head office in Orange in August.

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Beef Young Farming Champion Tim Eyes is hosting his Archibull Prize School The Lakes College at his farm on 21st June 2018. Wow are they in for a treat

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Out of the Field.

Wool Young Farming Champions Peta Bradley and Caitlin Heppner caught up with Young Farmer Business Program  Team of Alex MacDonald and newly appointed Adele Henry whilst visiting Orange last week for The Archibull Prize.  Its was widely agreed that the Young Farmer Champions will be invaluable in promoting the opportunities available as part of the YFBP.  Megs Dunford from the DPI Schools Program also attended and gave an overview of how they support primary and secondary schools.

Aussie Farmers Foundation supported Young Farming Champion Jasmine Whitten stars in the latest Art4Agriculture video showing young people how they can become Eggsperts

Shoutout to #YouthVoices18 Dione Howard and Emma Turner who will be participating in Hour of Power at MerinoLink Conference in Goulburn. Awesome opportunity for young professionals to speak about their work and passions within the wool industry.  Read more here

#WearWool #LoveWool #WOOLisCOOL #YouthinAg

Wool Young Farming Champion Dione Howard will be visiting Moss Vale High School participating in The Archibull Prize 2018 to share her story and inspire next wool ambassadors

Young Farming Champions Jasmine Whitten, Lucy Collingridge and Meg Rice fly out to Argentina today for IFAMA conference. Find out more here and you can follow their journey on Facebook.

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Following in the footsteps of Young Farming Champion Bronwyn Roberts in 2013 Youth Voices Leadership Team member Anika Molesworth is the key note speaker tonight at the Marcus Oldham Leadership Course Dinner. Anika will be sharing her leadership journey through the 7 Forks in the Road that have led her to where she is today.

  1. Finding your fight
  2. Believing in yourself
  3. Backing yourself
  4. Finding your wolf pack
  5. Jump in to learn how to swim
  6. Never stop learning
  7. Having the courage of your convictions

Huge congratulations to Young Farming Champions Liz Lobsey and Emma Ayliffe who have recently been announced as finalists in the Adama Young Agronomist of the Year

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till next time share your stories with us using the hashtags #YouthVoices #Youthinag

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Young Farming Champions Muster June 2018 Week 2

This week’s top stories from your Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions. 

In the Field 

Youth Voices Leadership Team YFC Mentor Dione Howard is very excited to be accepted into her dream job as a Graduate District Vet with the Riverina Local Land Services.

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Tayla Field who is one of our Horticulture Young Farming Champion supported by Aussie Farmers Foundation has accepted a full time position with One Harvest in their Sales & Marketing Team. Well done Tayla we know you love living and working in Brisbane

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Shoutout to all our YFC farmers and YFC farmer support networks desperately looking to the sky for those much needed rains to plant winter crops and grow pasture for livestock

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From the Field 

Youth Voices Leadership team member and Climate Wise Agriculture founder Anika Molesworth is presenting at the Irrigation Australia International Conference

Wool Young Farming Champions Peta Bradley and Caitlin Heppner are visiting schools in the Orange region participating in The Archibull Prize.  They are also looking forward to catching up with the Department of Primary Industries team  @DPI HQ in Orange to learn more about the DPI school education programs and the Young Farmer Business Project.

In the Media 

Young Farming Champions Caitlin Heppner, Lucy Collingridge and Deanna Johnston are featured in the June July edition of the prestigious Beyond the Bale Magazine. You can read their stories online here  

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Young Farming Champions Anika Molesworth and Danila Marini are the lead-in story on Future Proofing the Farm in Outback Magazine. See background story on our blog here.

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Lifetime Highlights

The last couple of weeks have brought some special life events for several of our Young Farming Champions (YFC). We pride ourselves on providing seamless professional development programs that are flexible with the flow of career, lifestyle and family, and it’s our pleasure to support these courageous young agricultural superstars.

A huge shout out to Cotton YFC Martin Murray and partner Rachel Angus on their recent engagement, as well as  Cattle and Sheep  YFC Hannah Barber’s engagement to her partner Sam Hawker. Congratulations!

Wool YFC Adele Offley married her partner Jesh Smith. We can’t get enough of Adele and Jesh’s stunning wedding photos among their family’s beautiful merino flock.

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And a huge congratulations to Cotton YFC Liz Lobsey and partner Troy Kahu Francis who recently welcomed beautiful baby William. It’s wonderful to see the Next Gen Young Farming Champions coming into the world.

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Mega congratulations to Martin, Hannah, Adele and Liz.

Until next week share your thoughts with us on Twitter @YouthVoicesYFC and Facebook PictureYouinAgriculture  #YouthVoices18 #ArchieAction #YouthinAg

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