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This blog will share farming stories from our family farm Clover Hill Dairies. What you will discover however is that farming today is so much more that growing food and fibre. By opening the door to my role in our family business I am hoping you will gain greater insights into the passion and committment of the people and the places behind the land that produces our food and hands that grow it

Pick your favourite Archie to win the 2017 Archibull Prize People’s Choice Award

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The Archibull Prize 2017 People’s Choice Award is now open for voting by you

Chosen by an independent panel based on the photos schools participating in The Archibull Prize 2017 submitted, the People’s Choice Award is given to the school who receives the most votes.

Your favourites need your support

Its time to rally your family, your friends, your enemies, your communities, the world to vote for your favourite Archie for People’s Choice

Reach out via school newsletters, word of mouth, social media, TV and print media – the world is so connected, so many opportunities


Voting closes at 5pm on November 17th 2017

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If you are innovative, creative rural woman with a big idea you want to explore then check out this great opportunity

There’s just two weeks left to apply for the new-look 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award. Emerging women leaders are encouraged to apply for Australia’s leading Award in acknowledging and supporting the essential role women play in rural and regional businesses, industries and communities.


If you’re a woman who wants to innovate and make a difference, or contribute to enhancing the prosperity of rural and regional Australia you should apply for this life-changing opportunity.

The Award, formerly the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women’s Award, has been renamed and adapted to align with AgriFutures Australia’s new strategic direction on the changing face of Agriculture, where technology is transforming the sector and successful and impactful leaders are skilled, professional, dynamic, entrepreneurial, commercially savvy and connected.

“Over the past two decades, the Rural Women’s Award has provided more than 200 women with significant professional development opportunities and importantly the opportunity to achieve positive change for rural and regional Australia. Award winners have delivered diverse and innovative projects relating to rural and regional industries, and the communities and businesses that rely on, and support them,” John Harvey, AgriFutures Australia Managing Director said.

To align with AgriFutures Australia’s new strategic direction and to ensure the Rural Women’s Award continues to identify, celebrate and empower women, a number of changes have been made to the Award criteria for 2018.

One important change to the Award is that projects or initiatives can be commercially focused, providing they still align with AgriFutures Australia’s strategic priorities of innovation, creativity, community sustainability, education, productivity, agribusiness, regional development and technology.

Location is also no barrier – applicants can live in rural and regional Australia, or in the city – their applications will be measured on the impact and benefits to rural and regional Australia.

Another important change to the Award criteria is that applicants are not required to have a specific project to be considered eligible, although projects are still welcomed. This year, applications can be submitted based on an idea, an identified problem, or an opportunity the applicant wants to focus on. Applicants may be in the early stages of working through how they want to contribute, or they may be well down the road in making their contribution.


2017 NSW/ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award Winner and National Finalist and co-founder of Hay Inc Rural Education Program Sandra Ireson says, “Sometimes it’s too easy to sit on an idea and not make it happen. The Rural Women’s Award is a great motivator, and it allows you to draw on the skills and capacities of others to see your project come to fruition. The benefit you gain from that is enormous.”

Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary provided by Platinum sponsor Westpac, to bring their idea or project to life, access to professional development opportunities and national Alumni networks. The 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award National Winner and Runner Up, selected from the state and territory winners, and announced at a Gala event at Parliament House in Canberra in September 2018, will receive a further $10,000 and $5000 respectively.

Applications for the AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award are open now and close Sunday, 29 October 2017 at 9pm AEDT. 

For more information and to apply, visit the website here 

If you are a resident of NSW-ACT and would like to discuss your idea, or you would like to access a mentor who can guide you through the application process, please contact NSW-ACT Award Coordinator, Allison Priest on 02 6391 3620 or email allison.priest@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Win iPad mini in National Careers Competition

Art4Agriculture has partnered with the National Farmers Federation and Kidman and Co to celebrate National Agriculture Day (AgDay) on November 21 to run a National Careers Competition for school students with iPad Minis up for grabs.

 To be in the running for the iPad Minis the competition invites students from Years 5 to 12 to design an infographic around a career in agriculture that combines their strengths and passions.

 “Many people think that to have a career in agriculture means being a farmer,” Archibull Prize co-ordinator Lynne Strong said.

 “But that’s not the case. We want students to combine their passions with agriculture to develop a career in feeding, clothing and powering the world – and that career could be anything from the research laboratory to the boardroom and from robotics to energy production.”

 The infographic designed by students will detail how they envisage a career in agriculture, how they perceive a typical day or week and what tertiary education would assist them.

TV personality Costa Georgiadis is an avid supporter of The Archibull Prize and presented at the 2016 award ceremony.

 “ Careers in agriculture can take so many different shapes. Think what you have in your hands. The opportunities are endless, as is the energy and vitality of the young people that I have met that are involved in this space.” Costa tell students.

 President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, said the careers competition will be a worthy contribution to National Agricultural Day.

 “Australian agriculture is such a dynamic and brimming with opportunity.

 “It’s fitting to complement the celebration of National AgDay with recognition of the diverse and exciting career opportunities in agriculture.

 “I’d encourage everyone to get thinking about how their skills could be put to use in Australia’s fastest growing industry – you might win the competition and discover an exciting new career opportunity along the way!”, Ms Simson concluded.

To find out how to enter visit here 

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Jess Lehmann – cotton and the power of social media engagement

Fashion house Jeanswest have launched their new Australian Cotton range   Australian cotton is recognised as the best in the world and our very own Young Farming Champion Jess Lehmann features in the Jeanswest campaign. You can read Jess’ blog for Jeanswest here

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“we’ve been so encouraged by Jeanswest willingness to get out in the field and learn from our farmers who are leading the world in the ethical and sustainable production of cotton,” says Adam Kay CEO Cotton Australia

Jess’ involvement is as a direct result of her very clever social media strategy. Watch this space for an upcoming article by Jess on how to leverage social media and how you too can share the great story of agriculture


As a bit of a cotton and jeans fan myself I will definitely be checking out the Jeanswest cotton collection 

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Cotton Young Farming Champion Sharna Holman a Mega Media Icon

Having spent the last week visiting schools in Sydney with Young Farming Champions (YFC) Jo Newton (dairy) Peta Bradley ( Wool) and Laura Phelps (Pork) it never ceases to amaze me how much I learn about agriculture and the way the students soak up everything the YFC share with them.

From the depth of the questions the students asked it was clear a great deal of investigation of their allocated agriculture industry has happened over the last 6 months.

its also very rewarding to travel around with the YFC and listen to what motivates them and their plans for the future.

I am constantly dumfounded at the depth of their talent.

An outstanding example of this is Cotton Young Farming Champion Sharna Holman who has become a mega media star this year. Sharna has been featured ( along with YFC Hannah Barber and Stephanie Fowler) in OUTBACK Magazine, and the RAS Times ( along with YFC Emma Longworth) and co-stars in this very clever series of Lone Stranger Adventure videos promoting best practice biosecurity outcomes



Go Sharna – cant wait to see where you pop up next


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The Power of the Cow goes Global

Next week Australian agriculture goes global at the World Environmental Educators Conference in Canada through The Archibull Prize.

A big shoutout to all the Young Farming Champions, the Picture You in Agriculture team, the students and teachers and our collaborating partners for making this possible

Extra big shoutout to Young Farming Champion Peta Bradley who designed the template for this poster  and Larraine Larri who will present the program on our behalf.


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Graphics by Lance Clayton of Lance Clayton Motion Design



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Larraine Larri presenting the Power of the Cow poster 

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Young Farming Champion Emma Turner wins the inaugural LANDMARK NSW MERINO SCHOLARSHIP

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Young Farming Champions Emma Turner and Hamish McGrath were two of four finalists in the NSW Landmark Merino Scholarship which was announced on 23rd August 2017 at  the Merino National held in Dubbo .

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Emma received  $2000 towards tertiary education tuition, for the purchase of text books or study material.

To be eligible you must be –

  •  Between 18-28 years of age
  •  Currently studying a university course or Tafe equivalent full or part time
  • Committed to a career in the industry and it’s advancement
  • Have a desire to develop skills, knowledge and experience in the agricultural industry

Emma was selected to participate in the Young Farming Champions program in 2014. She has had extensive media and communications training as well as attended workshops where she  received consumer and social licence insights.

Emma remains active in the program as an alumni visiting schools yearly as part of The Archibull Prize.

You can follow Emma on Instagram @emma_laurel_ where she has 3,200 followers who enjoy her posts about farming on a 250,000 acre sheep station

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