Young Farming Champions Muster October 2018 Week 2

This week’s top stories from Young Farming Champions around the country (and overseas!) In the Field Young Farming Champion Ben Egan who farms at Warren in NSW featured in The Land in this great story Drought Makes you think outside the Box from Sam Townsend sharing what the drought has taught him and how his family are adapting in the drying times ben-egan-the-land

The drought has taught Ben Egan to be a problem solver. Picture The Land 

The sixth generation farmer from Kiameron Pastoral Company at Warren said while this drought was one of the toughest they had been through, it had made them think outside the box when it comes to cattle management, including their weaning.

Together with his parents Michael and Sue, and wife Eleanor, the family operates a mixed farming enterprise across 20,000 acres, comprising of cattle, irrigated cotton, and dryland winter crops including wheat, canola and chick peas.

“We’ve looked at issues at hand, there is not enough feed in the paddocks, cows are starting to slip conditions but we have calves on the ground that are still healthy and doing well,” he said Source

In Armatree, NSW, Wool YFC Peta Bradley returned home on the long weekend to help with the family with moving newly weaned lambs. “Whilst they have never seen in grass in their life  the lambs have done really well  on a diet of grain. We are moving them to a failed crop whilst still trail feeding them” Peta Bradley and at Picture You in Agriculture HQ putting installing solar panels has proved a very effective rain dance  with some coastal regions of NSW getting up to 200mm  Rainfall Map Making the most of rain on farms is complicated depending on your farming system. For most farmers its a morale booster reminding them it does rain and for some little girls in far western NSW who may never have seen its impact it can look like the 9th wonder of the world IMG_6676.JPG  Out of the Field  YFC Jo Newton had a busy week at the Royal Melbourne Show stewarding, checking out the activities for AgTech on Show and more. Keep an eye on the Picture You In Agriculture Facebook page this week as Jo recaps her time at Melbourne show! Also at Melbourne Royal was Grains YFC Dee George who was a finalist of the Victorian Rural Ambassadors Award. Dee spent Saturday with 6 other ambassadors visiting the livestock, woodchop and many other pavilions. Dee George

“We were fortunate enough to have many in depth tours with the people who run and put together all the amazing pavilions at the show, which a lot of work goes into prior to the show starting.”

On the Sunday all the ambassadors gave their 2 minute speeches. Dee described the entire program as a great experience. We all pass on huge congratulations to the runner up Hayden Williamson, and the winner James Kirkpatrick (who is the brother Young Farming Champion Jessica Kirkpatrick) Fellow Grains YFC Marlee Langfield has had a busy week to say the least. This week she spoke to the Inner Wheel group in Cowra, NSW about the current conditions. You can read  the story here  Marlee and Steph Cooke MP On Monday was the Morongla Show which Marlee got to guide Steph Cooke MP around (pictured above ). Also this week she brought her first mob of sheep (so she is officially back in the mixed farming game) and submitted an entry form for the Cowra Showgirl Competition. Good luck Marlee we look forward to hearing how it goes. IMG_6674

YFC Steph Fowler was the Madame of Ceremonies for the Cowra Show Spring Cocktail Party 

Rice YFC, Erika Heffer volunteered at the Deni Ute Muster over the long weekend which she described as a fantastic experienced. Erika is back at work this week and is busy preparing to attend the 2018 National Landcare Conference and Awards held on the 10-12th of October in Brisbane. Enjoy your time Erika and we will eagerly await hearing how it goes in a future muster. Erika Picture   Prime Cuts Marlee Langfield wearing her professional photographer’s hat has taken out the Looking After Your Wellbeing OPEN Section in the Farmer Health in a Changing World – 2018 PHOTO COMPETITION IMG_6556 Well done Marlee – you are an all round superstar Cotton Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth has picked up another accolade for her championing of the low carbon economy and resilient farming systems winning the NSW Office and Environment and Heritage 2018 Young Sustainability Champion Green Globe Award.
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Green Globe Awards 2018, Art Gallery of NSW. Awards winners and nominees, and general pics. Photography by Quentin Jones. 4 Oct 2018.

‘I am excited to have the voice of young people in agriculture lifted up and recognised through this Award..  There are many young people working tirelessly in agriculture to make it the best it possibly can be. There are so many young champions in the farming sector who are bringing fresh, creative ideas to a truly exciting and forward-thinking industry. These people come with new tech, new skills and new perspectives that are essential for vibrant and resilient farming systems. These people are making a meaningful contribution to food security, the protection of the land and wildlife, are influencing policy and ensuring a bright future, not only for rural Australia, but for all of us.” said Anika following the win

Well done Anika you are a wonderful role model, mentor and voice for young people and women in agriculture. Inside info tells me October promises to big a big month for our Young Farming Champions – Watch this space #YouthinAg #YouthVoice18 #ArchieAction Featured image is Grains YFC Dr Bec Thistlethwaite _2018 A4ASponsors_foremail  

Young Farming Champions Muster September 2018 Week 4

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

In the field

In Marrar, NSW, Grains YFC and fifth generation farmer Daniel Fox is trying something daring this week, sowing chickpeas for the first time. Best of luck, Dan

 

Our resident YFC “Meat Doctor” Steph Fowler is moving into the next phase of her merino genetics trial, with 600 lambs processed and sampled for meat quality traits. Steph says it will be a while yet before the samples are processed but it’s exciting to have all the samples finally collected for the year! Can’t wait to hear these results, Steph.

Grains YFC Keiley O’Brien has kicked off this years hay making season, giving a canola crop the chop in Narromine, NSW. Fingers crossed for a good season ahead!
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Out of the Field

Wool YFC and Youth Voices Leadership Committee chair Dr Jo Newton has spent the weekend at the Royal Melbourne Show, stewarding for the White Suffolk, Suffolk & South Suffolk Judging. Jo says, “Being a steward is a bit like being a secretary for the judge who is in charge of assessing the animals. At the MelbShow we used a tablet to record the results for each class, make sure owners (& judge) know what animals are needed in the judging ring as well as announcing results on the microphone.” If you’re at the Melbourne show this week make sure you pass by the Sheep Shed and say G’day to Jo!

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“This is a class of Lincoln ewes in the next ring to the one I was looking after. The lambs had a great time frolicking in the ring while their mums where being assessed,” Jo says.

YFC and Green Globe Awards Finalist Anika Molesworth has hit the radio waves again with a great interview on Hit 99.7 Riverina. Anika has been working to make NSW a more eco-friendly place to live, and she joined the show to talk to Claire & Sam about how she feels about being nominated for an Award. Take a listen here

Anika was also featured on the Weekly Times this week, talking about farming in outback NSW,  championing for climate action and her PhD work. This is a lovely insight into a wonderful ag champion. Well done Anika! Read it here

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The famous Henty Machinery Field Days were on this week and Wool YFC Dione Howard and Rice YFC Erika Heffer were both there. Dione and fellow vets from Riverina and Murray Local Land Services were answering animal health and biosecurity questions over the three days, while Erika was in the Landcare shed.

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It was a busy week in the office for Dione who then headed to the Hay Sheep Sale on Wednesday, where approximately 47,000 sheep were sold. Dione says many properties were selling large numbers of sheep due to the ongoing dry conditions.

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Dione ran into fellow YFC Chloe Dutschke at the sale who had travelled from Tupra station, where she has been contracting for the last couple of months. Great pic, ladies!

Cotton YFC Sharna Holman is super keen to be heading to “Go Ahead” Greg Mills‘s extension workshop in Townsville next week, as part of the Australasia-Pacific Extension Network 2018 Roadshow. Greg is a consultant on all things agribusiness extension, was the Kondinin Group and ABC Rural 2017 Consultant of the Year, and is a great friend of the Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions program. We have no doubt you’ll have a great day and take home many valuable insights Sharna!

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Well done to Grains YFC Dee George (front left) who has been touring the Royal Melbourne Show this week in her role as a Victorian Rural Ambassador State Finalist. #YouthinAg #RoyalMelbourneShow

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And congrats to YFCs Sharna Holman and Alexandria Galea #teamcotton who were both recently elected to the Wincott – Women in Cotton committee, Sharna as communications officer and Alexandria as a regional representative for Central Queensland. Check out these great introductions to Sharna and Alexandria on the Wincott facebook page.

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Massive milestone moment right now for University of New England students, Poultry YFC Jasmine Whitten and Wool YFC Emma Turner, who both have their honours seminars today.

Jasmine’s honours is investigating the effect of environmental enrichment on fearfulness of pullets (young layer hens). Emma’s honours studies the implementation of shorter shearing intervals. Huge congratulations for all the hard work and time you’ve both put into reaching these milestones. Enjoy this moment!

Exciting times ahead for Cattle and Sheep YFC and Rabobank graduate Felicity Taylor who has just received a promotion as a Rabobank Rural Officer. Felicity will spent the next two months in the Netherlands working in Rabobank’s Global Food and Agriulture Sector, supporting multinational agribusinesses, as part of her current graduate position before moving back to her hometown of Moree, NSW, to begin her new position. Mega congrats Felicity!

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Young Farming Champions Muster September 2018 Week 3  

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

In the Field

Who’s in the field this week? The amazing wool YFC Dione Howard, that’s who!

Dione has moved to Griffith NSW and is working with Riverina LLS as a district veterinarian. What an exciting career ahead she has! After finishing her studies at Charles Sturt University, Dione is looking forward to working with farmers across the Riverina.

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@dione_howard in the sheep yards.

“The first month of being a district vet with the Riverina LLS has been hugely rewarding. I am really enjoying working with livestock producers in the region. I am very grateful to have been able to stay and work locally in the Riverina. Griffith is a great place to live with plenty of events and a welcoming community.” ” Dione says. 

Hailing from a mixed sheep and cropping property at Milbrulong – she has gained a wealth of experience with livestock over the years – and you can read all about this talented young lady here.

She is passionate about communicating animal health information to producers who are at the forefront of livestock production, and is also training to play a key role in disease surveillance and biosecurity across the Riverina.

Dione will be in the LLS shed at Henty Machinery Field Days on Tuesday – pop in and say hello!

Out of the Field

This week we had R U?OK day

On this day we encourage everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

Staying connected and having meaningful conversations is something we can all do. You don’t need to be an expert – just a good friend and a great listener. So, if you notice someone who might need some support – start a conversation.

Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe made a great Facebook post this week, asking people to check in with their mates and to have honest conversations about how you’re going. Nice one Em!

This year at Picnic Point High School are competing in the Archibull prize competition, and have been tasked to research the wool industry. And as a proud wool YFC, Sam Wan was excited to see their progress on a recent Twitter post!

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As @S_Wan926 points out – they’ve got some pretty impressive artistic skills amongst them!

“This day, we continued working on the Archie … Euan Gullick and Daniel Le worked on a stop-motion animation that will serve as an intro to Geddy Mukama’s animation, titled “The Great Wool War”. Apart from that, the painting team has been painting the underneath of the jersey that the knitting team is going to knit.” – Picnic Point High School blog.

Cotton season is nearly upon us down in southern NSW – but cotton YFC Sharna Holman is already spotting little green heads Emerald! Sharna is an Extension Officer with CottonInfo in Central Queensland, and the warmer weather up north means the cotton pops up from the ground a few weeks earlier than crops in NSW.

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@sharnaholman is running some variable rate nitrogen trials with cotton – and we look forward to hearing the results!

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Grains YFC Sam Coggins is part of RiseHarvest a group from Myanmar and Australia working in international agricultural development, and was one of 2018 finalist for Thought For Food Challenge 2018. Sam and his group produced this great video – whin which we hear why Sam is so passionate about farming.

The annual Thought For Food Challenge is a global “collaborative competition” to launch promising new ideas that address how we will feed and nourish our growing global population.

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@cogsam55  (left) with his teammates from RiseHarvest.

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Wool YFC Peta Bradley and her family had their annual ram sale last week – a big congrats to New Armatree Border Leicesters!

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 “Our family prides itself on producing rams with industry leading genetics to benefit the supply chain. The rams sold had seen very little green feed in their lives but have been supplementary fed. The sale was strong given that many of our clients have begun to destock. The rams sold went to many different homes across the state from Cooma in the south, Bourke to the north, and Nyngan to the west.” says Peta 

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@Petabradley with her family on sale day!

NSW Farmer YFC Tegan Nock is a lady of many talents – including Producer of ‘Grassroots’ – an award winning documentary about fungus, farming and science.

Watch the trailer here 

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“Farmers have a huge potential to make positive change .They manage a large proportion of our planet, and this story is a great example of how farmers can be at the forefront of the battle against climate change. I was immediately drawn to the story because it gives an insight into the fascinating world of soil microbiology.” ” says Tegan. “

Cotton YFC Anika Molesworth was named Australian Youth Champion of the Low Carbon Economy in the latest report by 350.org. and the world is very excited including the Argentine  Ambassador 

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“Anika is a voice that questions the status quo and encourages current and future generations to have critical and creative perspectives on how we can find solutions to the pressing problems caused by climate change and its impact on farming, farming communities and the wider public,” the report said.

The report, Heroes Building Australia’s Low-Carbon Economy, brings together stories of Australian businesses, communities and individuals who are making a change to renewable energy and Anika is listed alongside names such as former CEO of AGL Energy Andy Vesey and Community Power Agency founder Nicky Ison.

“Renewable energy is the way of the future, no doubt about it, and in agriculture, we have such tremendous opportunity to champion this technology. Being named by 350 as Australia’s Youth Champion is an honour but we still have a long way to go in building a sustainable energy future. I hope this recognition inspires others to participate in the continuing growth of the renewable energy sector and drives home the message that rural Australia needs (and deserves) a cohesive and ambitious climate and energy policy.” Anika said.

And finally, a shout out to YFC supporter Aimee Snowden for her selection in the NFF 2030 Leaders Program!

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Aimee with Little BRICK Pastoral celebrates Australian agriculture through unique photos of a Lego® farmer. Aimee lives on her family’s irrigation farm near Tocumwal in the southern Riverina – and her impact is far-reaching. With the training experience gained through this leadership program we can’t wait to see what she does next. Well done Aimee!

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Young Farming Champions Muster September 2018 Week 2  

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

In the Field

Spring has definitely sprung at Panorama Farms Speckle Park where calving is in full swing for YFC Naomi Hobson and her partner Tim. These cuties are already in the paddock with more crossbred and stud calves due any day!

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Spring Calves at Panorama Farms Speckle Park

YFC Emma Ayliffe has also had visitors on farm this week. WIN News Central West went out to chat to Em as part of their drought series.

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They spoke about the challenges of encountering a drought in her and her partner Craig’s 1st year on their own property. Em also spoke about the challenges of running a business during drought, Em is a partner in Summit Ag, who provide agronomy services in Central West NSW. Catch the story here 

YFC Jess Kirkpatrick snapped this picture while in Ouyen, Victoria this week. It’s one of 8 sites for the Victorian Farmers Federation Roadshow. The day featured a market update from GrainCorp, where Jess is in the Graduate Program as well as talks on chain of responsibility and truck road worthiness

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 Pretty skies in Ouyen, Victoria for the Victorian Farmers Federation Roadshow

Out of the Field

It was a big day out West with both Wool YFC Bessie Thomas and Emma Turner hosting their events.

Sheep and cattle farmers in far-west NSW kicked off their work boots for the inaugural Barefoot Bowls at Burragan event at Wool YFC Bessie Thomas’s farm on Saturday. Thirty drought affected locals travelled from as far as Tilpa, 115km north-east on the Darling River, to compete in the round robin tournament. The drinks were cold and the competition was hot as teams bowled for the coveted “Occasional Trophy” – a trophy for those occasions where you might occasionally need a trophy.

“Everyone had a fantastic evening and it made us all realise we need to do it more often,” Bessie said. “We had Marie Kelley, Rural Adversity Mental Health Co-Ordinator from Ivanhoe, Rural Chaplains David and Robin Pullen from the Salvation Army, Broken Hill, and lots of food, nibbles, and beautiful dinner and dessert. I think the relaxed, social atmosphere was just what everyone needed, as drought times are so draining and demanding.” Many thanks to everyone who helped pulled off a great night!

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Keiley O’Brien kept us all in the loop with the action at the Naromine Show last weekend. As the 2018 Showgirl, for the next 12 months Keiley will be an ambassador for rural NSW and the agricultural show movement. During the show Keiley was involved in everything from the grand parade, Young Farmer Challenge, cattle judging. Head over to the Picture You In Agriculture Facebook page for the full story. 

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2018 has been a whirlwind of activity for YFC Lucy Collingridge. She found time to have a chat with Behind the Sash about what she’s been up to

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YFC and Youth Voices Leadership Team Chair Jo Newton was this week announced on the Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Award.   Jo’s inclusion on the list recognises her and 99 other women who are resilient, agile and have a strong sense of purpose that drives them and enables them to influence others. She joins women representing the arts, health, environment and community development. On winning the award Jo said “I was humbled to find out I had been nominated for the 100 Women of Influence by my peers on the Youth Voices Leadership Team,” Jo said, “and then to find out I was on the list was an overwhelming experience. I hope to use this opportunity to shine a light on the causes that I am passionate about, translating science into real benefits for farms, and advocating, supporting and mentoring young people, particularly women, in agriculture.” 

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Congratulations to YFC Meg Rice who was offered and has accepted a law clerk position with a Canberra Law firm. This will see her specialise in Rural Succession Planning when she graduates as a lawyer next year.

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Meg Rice is heading to Canberra 

Rarely a week goes by without at least one of our YFC being recognised for their contributions to agriculture and rural and regional Australia. In this blog  our Young Farming Champions identify awards as a significant platform to foster their career journey and reflect on how nominating for an award is an important step on many YFCs career journeys, expanding far beyond a pretty trophy.

Our YFC know it is important to grab opportunity with both hands, to travel and navigate foreign environments, meet new people, develop cultural sensitivity, shift perspective and see where someone else is coming from. In this blog Argentina and Australia – Our Young Farming Champions broaden their perspective, cultural sensitivity and appreciation., YFC Lucy Collingridge, Meg Rice and Anika Molesworth who travelled to Argentina in recent months share their ideas and learn from the South American country, and in doing so opened their eyes to the differences and similarities between Argentine and Australian agriculture.

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Young Farming Champions Muster September 2018 Week 1 

This week’s top stories from Young Farming Champions across the country ( and the globe). 

In the Field

No farm nearby? No worries! Cotton Young Farming Champion Emma Ayliffe has taken her paddocks to Parramatta, skyping with students participating in The Archibull Prize. Parramatta Public School teacher Esra Smerdon feels that Emma’s presentation from the paddock – covering all things from moisture probes to weeds – helped to give the students a different perspective. Parramatta Public School have wrapped up their skype sessions with Emma and are sharing the journey of their Archie aptly named ‘Moona Lisa’ on their blog – check it out here.

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From the paddock to the classroom … snaps from Parramatta Public School’s blog as they skype Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe

As the first official week of spring rolls around again, canola producers in drought-affected regions of Australia are having to make tough decisions about their crops. Grains Young Farming Champion Marlee Langfield spoke to 9 News Central West about how her canola crops look to be hanging on following some timely rainfall near Cowra, NSW.

For those farmers who are deciding whether to salvage their canola crops for fodder, grain or grazing, resources to aid decision making can be found at NSW DPI’s Drought Hub.

Out of the Field

All roads certainly lead to Narromine the first weekend in September for the annual agricultural show! Grains Young Farming Champion and 2018 Narromine Showgirl Keiley O’Brien had a busy weekend of Showgirl duties, including everything from judging the junior quest to the scarecrow competition. Keiley will be a guest host on the Picture You in Agriculture Facebook page this week, taking us behind the scenes of the show and her role as Showgirl. Head over to the feed to catch up on all that she’s been up to!

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From shows in NSW over to SA, the Royal Adelaide Show kicked off on 31st August and runs until 9th September. Young Farming Champions Meg Rice and Erika Heffer are also 2018 Royal Agricultural Society (RAS) of NSW Rural Achievers and are visiting Adelaide show as part of an exchange program with RAS NSW and Agricultural Societies Council (ASC) of NSW. We look forward to following their experiences at Adelaide!

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Erika Heffer, Young Farming Champion and RAS Rural Achiever, tweets from her visit to the Royal Adelaide show.

Young Farming Champion school visits as part of The Archibull Prize continue for 2018, with Cotton Young Farming Champion Laura Bennett visiting Miller Public School last week. Miller Public School’s team are well underway designing their cotton-themed Archie and received further inspiration during Laura’s visit.

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Cotton YFC Laura Bennett sharing her story with students from Miller Public School as part of The Archibull Prize

We are also excited to follow Wool Young Farming Champion Lucy Collingridge’s journey as she is heads to Barraba High School this week as part of The Archibull Prize.

Speaking of schools and agriculture on the curriculum. Congratulations to our Youth Voices Leadership TeamChair Dr Jo Newton on phenomenal feedback on her presentation at the Geography Teachers of Victoria conference last Sunday.  Jo told the teachers in the room that she was just one of 80 exciting YFC who could influence conversations and curriculum connections for teachers and students in Victoria. Shoutout to PIEFA CEO Ben Stockwin for facilitating the collaboration

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Wool Young Farming Champion and Inaugural WoolProducers Australia (WPA) Youth Ambassador Dione Howard commenced her WPA Ambassador role last week. Dione attended the Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Committee Meeting and Board Meeting in Canberra, learning much about strategy and policy over the two days.

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Wool YFC Dione Howard attended the WoolProducers Australia (WPA) Animal Health and Welfare Advisory Committee Meeting in Canberra last week as part of her WPA Youth Ambassador role.

 Grains Young Farming Champion Sam Coggins is in India for the next couple of weeks attending the Geography of Food Summer School. The Summer School brings together agricultural students from 12 countries to study millet supply chains and work towards restructuring these chains to achieve a sustainable food system. Sam’s Summer School experience in India will include presentations from invited speakers, discussions, workshops and excursions.

Good luck to Wool YFCs Emma Turner and Bessie Thomas who are this week hosting health mental health social events in far-western NSW.

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The Ivanhoe Ladies High Tea will be held at the Ivanhoe CWA Hall this Friday, to coincide with Women’s Health Week, with information about health and wellbeing, make-up and essential oils. Emma and her team will be busy baking and prepping info packs this week ahead of Friday’s big day. Keep an eye on our Picture You In Agriculture Facebook page on Friday to see all the action.

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And at Burragan Station, Wilcannia, Bessie Thomas and her team of grounds people have been working round-the-clock on pitch preparations ahead of Saturday’s Barefoot Bowls and Bocce event. Bessie’s husband Shannan voiced concerns over the slightly undulating lay of the land and length of the grass, but Bessie says, “It’ll all add to the atmosphere and that’s the skill of the game – bowlers will have to adapt to the conditions.” Bessie says the “bowling brown” will be mowed on Friday and final pitch inspections will happen Saturday morning.

Both Bessie and Emma will be posting live from their events on the Picture You In Agriculture facebook page so keep your eyes peeled.

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Mega congratulations are in order for Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe who last week was announced as runner-up in the 2017/18 Adama Young Agronomist of the Year Awards. Emma will take part in an overseas study tour alongside Winner Kirsty Smith and Rising Star Michelle Egan as part of her award accolades.

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Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe has been announced as runner-up in the 2017/18 Adama Young Agronomist of the Year Awards

Cotton YFC Anika Molesworth has been announced as a finalist in the 2018 Green Globe Awards. This award recognises young sustainability champions who have developed practical solutions and helped communities to improve their environmental issues. Good luck for the final selection process Anika and congratulations on being named as a finalist!

And to wrap up another huge week for the YFC team, we would like to congratulate cattle and sheep YFC Casey Dahl on her recent engagement!

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Young Farming Champions Muster August 2018 Week Four

This week’s top stories from Young Farming Champions (YFC) across the country.

In the field

Inspiration has struck and an idea has been born! Introducing… “Paddock Pen Pals”

Spurred on by the great success of Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe’s Paddock to Parramatta skype sessions, our YFC are now are pairing up with schools participating in the #FiverForAFarmer initiative as pen pals.

Wool YFC, veterinarian and farmer every spare minute she gets, Dione Howard is our first YFC to sign up, saying, “I am very excited to be building and strengthening our farming networks and the connections we have with schools to start the Paddock Pen Pals program.”

Equally excited to pair up with students is cropping farmer Dan Fox who inspired the students at Stockinbingal to write a book about him

The coming weeks will see more YFC connecting with schools via social media, skype, email and snail mail, building long-term conversations and relationships. We’ll keep you posted as we continue to build this exciting new initiative.

Out of the field

Wool YFC and WoolProducers Youth Ambassador (WYA)  Dione Howard is looking forward to joining the WoolProducers Board as an observer for a 12-month period. As part of her involvement, Dione will deliver two contemporary issue-based policy projects that will see her supported to understand policy development and engage with the WoolProducers Board and staff in key industry representative organisations. Well done, Dione! #welovewool

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Youth Voices Leadership TeamChair and Dairy YFC Dr Jo Newton joined Blackmore Wagyu founder David Blackmore and Dr Peter Marendy from CSIRO Data61 on the panel  hosted by ABC journalist Tim Lee at the Geography Teachers of Victoria conference in Melbourne on Sunday.

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Jo shared the ground-breaking work being done by the Agriculture Victoria dairy research team that could see the Australian dairy industry reduce its greenhouse gas emission by up to 30% per litre of milk produced in the next ten years. We can’t wait to hear more about this incredible research, Jo. #youthinag #STEM #WomeninScience

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This week Cotton YFC Laura Bennett is visiting Miller Public School for The Archibull Prize. Check out the hashtag #ArchieAction on Twitter and Instagram to see photos and highlights of these exciting school visits. Good luck Laura!

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Laura Bennett always a popular visitor to schools participating in The Archibull Prize

YFC Anika Molesworth is on the panel at the Brave New World Ag to 2030 Ag Institute Australia National Conference 2018 in November. Sharing the stage with John Harvey Managing Director of AgriFutures Australia and Professor Salah Sukkarieh Director, Australian Centre for Field Robotics Anika will give a youth perspective to the challenges and opportunities for the Australian agriculture in the next ten years.

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Wool YFCs Emma Turner and Bessie Thomas are busy preparing mental health events in far-western NSW for drought affected farmers in their areas. Read more about this on the fliers below.

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Art4Agriculture is proud to name Sally Poole, Alexandria Galea, and Anika Molesworth as youth ambassadors of Australian agriculture in the form of the 2018 Cotton Young Farming Champions (YFC).

 

Sally and Alexandria are fresh faces on the YFC block, while Anika has worked with Art4Agriculture for several years as a sheep and rice YFC. Welcome, and welcome back! We’re looking forward to sharing your journey as Cotton YFC.

A huge well done to Wool YFCs Sam Wan and Cassie Baile who were both runner up n the 2018 Wool Broker of the Year Awards. We are incredibly proud of your great work. Read more about the award and winner Candice Cordy, here.

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Applications are now open for NSW RAS Rural Achievers Award 

Rice YFC Erika Heffer and YFC Meg Rice, who were both named 2018 Rural Achievers, both strongly encourage keen young agriculturalists to consider applying.

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As Erika and Meg will testify you never know who you will meet as an RAS Rural Achiever 

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Young Farming Champions Muster August 2018 Week 3

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

In the Field

It’s been great week for our Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions (YFC), fresh off the excitement of last weekend’s YFC and Teachers workshop in the Hunter Valley.

Teachers have declared  interacting with the the Young Farming Champions the highlight of the workshop. Equally the Young Farming Champions  valued been able to partner with teachers to gain a clearer understanding of the curriculum , the perspective of teachers and the role The Archibull Prize plays in empowering teachers to meet the needs of their students. All in all the workshop was declared a huge success and a mutual lovefest

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Young Farming Champion Peta Bradley volunteered to be the “talent’ for the Teacher Video interview technique session 

Well done to our incredible Rice YFC Erika Heffer who harnessed her enthusiasm from the workshop and put her new skills into practice right away with a great interview on ABC Radio on Tuesday.

If you tuned into Anne Delaney on ABC Riverina Breakfast you might have heard Erika speak on behalf of the Ricegrowers Association of Australia about their “Water for Wildlife and Rice” campaign. Erika was involved in running a Pozible campaign to source funds for the idea, which is a “collaborative farming program that combines regional farming know-how with water supporters and owners of agricultural land to produce food and fibre in conjunction with the provision of ecosystem services.”

Read more about Water for Wildlife and Rice here

The Pozible campaign was unfortunately unsuccessful in raising the necessary funds for it come to fruition, but Erika says the team will continue looking for ways to raise capital this great idea. Good luck and well done, Erika!

In Western NSW our “Woolly” YFCs Emma Turner and Bessie Thomas are working on seperate ideas to boost the spirits and provide social opportunities for locals living through the current drought.

Emma is hosting a Women’s Health Day in Ivanhoe, NSW, with the exact details and date yet to be announced. Looking forward to finding out more Emma!

Bessie is hosting a Barefoot Bowls and Bocce mental health day at her sheep property near Wilcannia, NSW. It’s a opportunity for locals to take an afternoon off from the large workload of feeding stock through dry times, kick off their work boots and relax with some friendly competition on the bowling green (which is currently very brown).

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Great work on supporting your local communities and farmers, Emma and Bessie! Good luck!

Out of the Field

In Melbourne this week Beef YFCs Steph Fowler and Jasmine Green attended the International Congress of Meat Science and Technology (ICoMST) conference alongside more than 500 attendees from across the globe. It’s the first time ICoMST has been on Aussie soil in 30 years.

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Steph, who has attended the conference several times overseas, said “it was great to see Down Under so well represented with lecturers and post doc students from all major agricultural universities represented, along with CSIRO, DPI (Vic, WA and NSW) and industry.”

“A highlight for me was definitely the conversations with researchers from different places. I learnt a lot about what’s going on in my area of research in Ireland, New Zealand and Germany and hopefully will get the chance to collaborate formally on some new projects with them,” Steph said.

Jasmine Green enjoyed learning about new and interesting research happening in the meat industry. “There are now new ways to measure eating quality across various meat types, concepts around smart packaging and traceability from farm to consumer, discussion around how to combat food “fraud” and robotics/automation,” Jasmine said. “It was excellent!”

It’s AgQuip time! Australia’s largest agricultural field day is on this week in Gunnedah, NSW, and two of our YFC are heading that way!

Grain farmer and YFC Marlee Langfield will be selling merchandise and hosting our Picture You in Agriculture Facebook page from the Case IH stand  and Wool YFC and Local Lands Service (LLS) animal biosecurity officer Lucy Collingridge will be representing North West LLS and Cotton YFC Casey Onus will be talking all things Precision Agriculture at the Landmark stand.

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“My role is based around helping landholders manage the pest animals on their property and our display at AgQuip will be on best practice to manage feral animal populations to reduce the impact of these burdens on the landholders,” Lucy said.

“We will have a feral pig trap, multiple animal displays [Bowman’s Taxidermy are bringing a mounted pig, fox and two deers], lots of information about best practice pest animal management, and information on the new North West pest animal plan.”

If you’re at AgQuip this week be sure to look out for Marlee and Lucy!

There are lots of good news stories coming out of schools this week as our Art4Agriculture Archibull Prize school visits continue.

Tuesday saw Cotton YFC Sharna Holman visit Dakabin State High School where she spoke to a mix of art and agriculture students participating in the Archibull Prize. “I loved my visit!” Sharna said. “It was fantastic to visit a school that reminded me so much of my own going through high school. They were a great group of students and I especially loved seeing the students get engaged with the biosecurity activity of thinking of biosecurity practices which could help make up their School’s farm biosecurity plan.”

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Meg Rice and students from McIntyre High School work shopped the careers from A to Z in the Australian grains industry 

On Thursday Northern Tablelands LLS YFC Meg Rice visited McIntyre High School in Inverell, speaking to agriculture students in Years 9. “It was a wonderful opportunity to share all the experiences that I have been offered within the agricultural industry.” Meg said. “The students were particularly interested in my recent to visit Cambodia and Lao, as part of a University of New England study tour, fand how culture has a large impact upon agricultural practices.”

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Wool Young Farming Champion and Wool Classer Deanna Johnston visited Beaudesert State High School to share her career journey  . Deanna was overjoyed to swamped by students after her talk asking how to get into wool classing.  Deanna tells us Beaudesert have taken robotics to the next level with their Archibull Prize entry this year. If the end result is half as exciting as the titbits she shared with us. Wow do they have an Archie people will be talking about across the world

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Well done Sharna, Meg and Deanna!

And well done to Alan Eagle Scholarship YFC Emma Longworth for the great work on your AGEX field day at the University of New England Smart Farm this week. A little birdie told us it was a wonderful event!

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RAS Foundation Rural Scholarship applications for 2019 are now open, closing on August 31st! Several of our incredible YFC  have won these scholarships in the past, which provide a financial support for study and allow many students extra time to engage in extracurricular activities.

If you have a passion for rural and regional New South Wales and are committed to giving back to these areas, scholarships of $6000 for full-time study and $3000 for part-time study are available. Submit your applications here

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Featured photo credit: Cotton Young Farming Champion and owner of Summit Ag out in the field checking for bugs with her business partner Heath McWhirter