Picture You in Agriculture is thrilled to announce that Joe Banks has been awarded a one year scholarship to our flagship program the Young Farming Champions
Gifted by an anonymous donor JOE BANKS from Dirranbandi has been chosen from a stellar list of applicants to participate in a series of Sydney based workshops, under the mentorship of some of Australia’s finest communication, marketing and professional development experts.
The program’s focus is developing confident, independent, reflective thinkers who can share their story and their personal experiences, while voicing their own opinions about agricultural issues in their industry and more broadly.
The program equips and prepares the participants for that often very daunting experience: of standing up to be counted, even in difficult circumstances. The YFC leadership development model is providing the rock-solid foundation and pivotal stepping stones as part of a journey to lead agriculture’s next generation.
Through these workshops and the program’s lifetime mentorship opportunities, the YFC are also equipped with unique insights into all aspects of the agricultural supply chain as well as consumer attitudes and trends.
Read about our Alumni here
A bit about Joe
Joe Banks from Dirranbandi in Queensland remembers his early years dominated by drought as he and his family moved their sheep along stock routes in a bid for survival. In fact the vagaries of weather and a changing climate were to be catalysts for his career in agriculture.
“As with a lot of eastern Australia we were hit with some pretty severe droughts in the early 2000s. We stopped dryland cropping and planted saltbush into the old cropping land to act as a fodder buffer for dry times so that we could continue to carry most of our sheep,” Joe says. “It is innovative practices such as this, and cell grazing, that drove me to seek out further knowledge, education and experiences in agriculture.”
Joe has since expanded his agricultural knowledge, education and experience: working on remote northern Australian cattle stations and live cattle export ships, and studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College; all experiences that have contributed to his current role as Commercial Analyst for NAPCO.
Read Joe’s blog here