Young Farming Champions Muster December 2018 1st Edition

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

In the Field

Grains YFC and farmer Dan Fox has been busy, along with a lot of the dryland farmers, getting crops harvested. Yields are down but generally the quality of crops this year has been really good!

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Beef YFC Felicity Taylor has been in a field of a different kind for the past two months, working with Rabobank Food, Agri Mergers and Acquisitions in the Netherlands.

“It was mainly European and North American coverage but had a couple of Aussie companies in the mix also,” Felicity says. “It was very interesting working in a cross-cultural team, especially with people with a lifetime of corporate finance experience learnt across the globe. Overall it was very cool to be working in long term strategic moves for well known consumer food brands and important agriculture supply chain links.”

“It was a great opportunity to confirm where my passions lie, though for now I am keen to get back home and out with farmers again,” Felicity says.

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Felicity’s view on her way to work each day in the Netherlands.

Casey Onus and her fellow Cotton YFC are in the process of completing their audits on cotton producers farms. The aims of the audits are to ensure that growers are complying with the rules and regulations of growing cotton as well as adhering to the resistance management strategies that protect the amazing genetics that are bred into the plants.

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A number of YFC have been celebrating National Ag Day with a snapshot from their lives. This beautiful message on the GrainCorp Facebook page from Grains YFC Jessica Kirkpatrick sparked a great response on social media:

Great shot from Kristy McCormack who’s currently working in Canada:

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…and this from friend of the YFC program Melissa Neal at #RedMeat2018 forum:

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Out of the Field

YVLT Chair and Dairy YFC Jo Newton has traded Melbourne’s summer for life in the village of Fermoy, Ireland. She’s there for 6 months as part of the Endeavour Research Fellowship Program. As part of her training she’s heading to a Genetics Conference hosted by the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation & Sheep Ireland next week. She’ll be sharing all the action on twitter this Wednesday & Thursday.

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YFC Tayla Field spent three days in Tasmania this week finishing the ‘Masterclass of Horticultural Business’ with University of Tasmania, along with a great bunch of growers and business owners from across the country. The trip included a celebration dinner with the Governor of Tasmania as well as two days of touring farms from all areas of the industry. Watch Tayla share her thoughts on the Masterclass here

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Tayla is also celebrating big time that three of the schools she visited in 2018 were announced in the winners circle at The Archibull Prize Awards 

Wool YFC and veterinarian Dione Howard put her interview skills – following last month’s YFC workshop with Greg Mills – to good use last week and got a run on ABC Riverina talking dust storms and animal health on the radio. Listen here.

Wool YFC Samantha Wan ventured to Goulburn to share the positive story that is her career the Australian #wool industry at the city’s Regional Development Australia Southern Inland’s Ag Day barbeque.

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Sam’s story was featured in the Goulburn Post. Read it here.

YFC Steph Fowler is back on Aussie soil after crossing the Pacific for the Royal Agricultural Societies of the Commonwealth conference in Canada, thanks to a scholarship from RAS NSW. Steph posted this moving testimony about her trip:

“Starting the trip home and despite everyone else from the conference posting about it I still can’t find the words. Perhaps it is because the opportunity to be involved with the RASC has only just begun or maybe it is because I still struggle to put together how the girl from the suburbs who loved animals as a kid has gone this far.

“If you had told 14 year old me, nervous as hell at my first ag show in Newcastle, that all these years later I would head across the world to be part of this I would have said you were on something.

“Massive thank you to the Agricultural Societies Council for the scholarship but more importantly thank you to Cowra Show, particularly our secretary Christie. I would not have been here without your support. Now looking forward to seeing where this journey will take me. Fingers crossed for Norfolk in two years, at least!”

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Picture Yourself In Agriculture YFC Alana Black spoke on ABC Country Hour last week. Take a listen to the last five minutes of the November 20th podcast and you’ll hear Alana speak about her project Fledgling Farmers,  succession on family farms and the need for education of young farmers on communications competence. Listen here.

YFC Anika Molesworth presented at the Brave New World conference on climate and by all reports gave a fabulous, from the heart speech about the future and risks to Australia agriculture. The feedback from those lucky enough to be there has been outstanding. Well done Anika!

Last week YFC Meg Rice and Jasmine Whitten travelled to the nation’s capital for the 2018 Country to Canberra Power Trip conference.

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Jasmine had the privilege of being a panel speaker at the Country to Canberra Power Trip with Alpha Cheng, Nip Wijewickrema and Lousie Burrows speaking on “Personal Perspectives: Navigating the Road to Equality.”

She shared her life experiences of being a woman working in agriculture and how people have told her she could not be something because she was young or female. A testament to her positivity, Jasmine sees these barriers as redirections because they push her to find different pathways or to create her own pathway to achieve her goals. Her experiences resonated with many women in the room and let them know they are not alone on their journey. Jasmine believes in the adage,  “We share our stories not for ourselves but to help other who are on the same journey.”

Meg attended Monday night’s panel session, saying, “ The evening was a wonderful opportunity to meet the brave young women from rural and remote communities who had put their hands up to be leaders as well as listen to the inspiring stories of those that are already leaders within our communities. I was very proud to listen to fellow YFC and friend, Jasmine Whitten, share her struggles and triumphs within the agricultural industry.”

The University of New England has featured a few of our wonderful YFC (and UNE alumni) on their blog this week. Congratulations to Casey Onus who recently graduated from UNE with her MBA, no mean feat while working full time: Read her story here.

Jo Newton, our YVLT chair has also been featured at UNE for all of her fabulous work both in and out of the field, championing young women’s careers and proving that there is no such thing as too smart for agriculture. Read her story here.

Cotton YFC Emma Ayliffe also began the first half of her adventure are in ADAMA’s Young Agronomist of the Year competition. Emma jetted to Sydney to join the winners and runners up of the competition, as well as the Cotton Industries Young Achievers winners and nominees for the last three years. It was an opportunity for networking, with a strong focus on Ag Tech and its fit into the future of farming. Emma, along with the winner Kirsty and rising star Michelle, will venture to Israel next year on a two week study tour.

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Congratulations to YFC Sam Coggins whose startup Rise Harvest has been selected for a Singapore based accelerator to develop and scale a smartphone app that will deliver site-specific fertiliser recommendations to smallholder rice growers in Myanmar using leaf photos and the farmer’s knowledge. Brilliant news Sam, well done!

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Well done to Cotton YFC Alexandria Galea who was recently nominated for the Ministers Emerging Leaders Award at the AgFutures Investment and Innovation Forum in Brisbane.

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HURLSTONE AGRICULTURAL HIGH SCHOOL WINS 2018 ARCHIBULL PRIZE

The 2018 Archibull Prize has been run and won with Hurlstone Agricultural High School taking out the prestigious title of Grand Champion Archibull with an ornately decorated, sacred-cow themed Archie representing horticulture.

32 primary and secondary schools across New South Wales and Queensland took part in the ninth instalment of The Archibull Prize. Participants included public,independent and catholic schools, selective schools, alternate schools and performing and creative arts schools from rural and urban communities.

The students were joined by Young Farming Champions as they researched their nominated agricultural industry and presented their findings in blogs, infographics and multi-media, and by adorning their Archie – a life-sized fibreglass cow.

Thanks to support from the Aussie Farmers Foundation schools were able to study horticulture, for the first time and Hurlstone Agricultural High School created Brahman: The Sacred Cow as their Archie. “Brahman: The Sacred Cow is a visual investigation of the issues of sustainability and food security in the horticulture industry,” the school said. “Our artwork aligns the nourishment of the body with the nourishment of the soul…. and utilises the visual conventions of religion to celebrate horticulture, specifically, its capacity to sustain our world’s population.”

Reserve Grand Champion

Reserve Grand Champion Archibull was awarded to Calvary Christian College – Carbrook Senior College, from Queensland who researched the egg and poultry industry to create Le-EGG-O, an Archie with elaborate LEGO figurines. “We went with this idea because LEGO, much like chickens and eggs, speaks a universal language,” the school said. “LEGO is internationally recognised and children from multiple nationalities will demonstrate recognition, be able to read booklets, construct, play, plan and dream. Likewise, poultry & eggs are an internationally recognised food source, with many countries having their own unique take on dishes cooked with chicken or eggs.”

The awards were presented at a ceremony held at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday 20th November, attended by dignitaries including CEO of Foodbank Brianna Casey and Youth Off The Streets founder Father Chris Riley.

Watch the winners animation here

You can find a list of all award winners in our Hall of Fame here 

Check out the event in photos here 

Expressions of interest for the 2019 Archibull Prize are now open.

#ArchieAction #Archie18

 

Young Farming Champions Muster November 2018 2nd Edition

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

Happy National Agriculture Day!

This week we’ve gone all out to celebrate National Agriculture Day in a BIG way, culminating in The Archibull Prize National Awards and Exhibition Day at Sydney Olympic Park on Tuesday.

School students, teachers, YFC and special guests travelled from across Australia to be part of the 2018 Archibull Prize. Mega congrats to everyone involved: all the winners, participants, movers-and-shakers behind the scenes and espeically to Hurlstone Agricultural High School whose Archie “Brahman” took out the Grand Champion Archibull award for 2018. For full coverage head to our social media channels on Facebook and Twitter and look for our hashtag #Archie18

But for YFC, our #AgDay celebrations started earlier in the week when 13 YFC travelled to Sydney for a brilliantly engaging professional development workshop…

Sydney Workshop

Current and alumnus Young Farming Champions gathered at the magnificent Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Headquarters in Sydney for a workshop. Admiring the wonderful view of the harbour and the bridge from the boardroom of AWI, the YFC attended sessions on understanding and working with different personalities, understanding how policy is developed and refining the elevator pitches. This workshop the YFC were lucky enough to be joined by the experienced management team of Gaye Steel, Greg Mills and Jenni Metcalfe that challenged and brought the workshop to life as well as experts in the policy writing and social media fields.

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This workshop also saw a YFC workshop first with 4 Alumni YFC joining via video conference on Sunday for a very special session with the incredible Paige Burton on the effective use and ins-and-outs of social media. This allowed some of our YFC to join from as far away as Wilcannia!  Paige shared with the group many of the techniques of ensuring that the reach of the YFC are heard far and wide. We can certainly see how this young lady was named by Impact 25 as on of the 25 Most Influential People in the Social Sector. There will be many products of this workshop on social media this week for the #Archie18 Archibull prize awards.

The products of the weekend were even more accomplished YFC (which is hard to believe considering the rest of the achievements in this weeks Muster) in the arts of social media, pitches, interviewees and #youthvoices of agriculture!

In the Field

Grains YFC, farmer and talented photographer Marlee Langfield has started canola harvest on her property in the NSW Riverina. “I have harvested more seeds than I planted, so I’ve already won!” Marlee jokes! “Very busy times right now, but I’m loving it.” Check out this gorgeous shot Marlee took of her crop earlier in the season:

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Did you catch Landline on Sunday? Cotton YFC Alexander Stephens is driver extraordinaire behind the wheel of the cotton harvester in this awesome story on the revival of cotton growing in the Kimberley Ord River region.

Out of the Field

Rice YFC Erika Heffer visited Parliament House in Sydney this week for the Parliamentary Friends of Landcare event, highlighting Local Landcare Coordinators who have run unique projects this year.  Erika says, “The highlight was meeting ministers that have an interest in Landcare and hearing Niall Blair, the Minister for Primary Industries, acknowledge Rob Dulhunty, the Landcare NSW outgoing chair.”

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Murray region Local Landcare Coordinator Erika Heffer and Local Landcare Coordinator from Bland Temora in the Riverina Britt Turner

Cotton YFC and founding member of Farmers for Climate Action Anika Molesworth spoke with ABC Radio National this week, tackling the question “How can farmers adapt and innovate to ensure the future of farming and our agricultural land?” Listen to Anika’s interview here.

Beef YFC and our current Aussie-in-Canada correspondent Kirsty McCormack presented for a 4H group in Brandon, Manitoba last week. She shared her insights on Young Farming Champion and Archibull Prize programs as well as the Australian beef industry and its challenges. Well done Kirsty!

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Grains YFC Keiley O’Brien has been featured in this week’s Allied Grain Systems “Mates in Grain.”

Read Keiley’s full story on the Allied Grain Systems Blog here.

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Well done to Cotton YFC Alexandria Galea who was named a finalist in the Queensland Ministers Emerging Leader Award for innovation leading to profitability and sustainability. Finaists and winners were celebrated at Wednesday’s AgFutures Innovation and Investment Forum in Brisbane.

Congratulations to YFC Anika Molesworth on her win in the NSW and ACT Regional Achievement and Community Awards on Friday. Anika took out the Prime Super Agricultural Innovation Award. Well done!

Huge congrats to Wool YFC and Wool Technical Coordinator Sam Wan who is up for the title of Elders Employee of the Year. Kudos Sam!

Exciting international news for Beef YFC and stud Limousin cattle breeder Jasmine Green and husband Hayden from Summit Livestock. Jas and Hayden’s cow Summit Meadowgrass was named “Limousin Miss World” in the world Cattlemarket.net championships. While Jas stayed home to keep the stud cows fed and watered, Hayden travelled to Farmfair in Edmonton, Canada last week to receive the award. Summit Meadowgrass was nominated to represent Australia after winning supreme exhibit at Sydney Royal Show earlier this year. Incredible achievement, well done Jasmine!

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Cotton YFC, agronomist and farmer Emma Ayliffe had a special visit from ADAMA Agricultural Solutions head office representatives (who’d just popped in from Israel!) and local managers last week to receive her Runner Up Young Agronomist of the Year award. Top job, Emma!

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Young Farming Champions Muster November 2018 1st Edition

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

In The Field

Cuteness alert! Central Coast farmer, entrepreneur and YFC Tim Eyes and his partner Hannah have had triplets! Triplet goats that is… and they are absolute kid perfection:

Tim says, “Our triplets are from one of our two boer goats. I wanted to get goats after my trip to South Africa.

“They live in the paddock at The Food Farm with our free range chooks and our maremma guardian dog. One kid is female the other two are male. I’m looking forward to some of the highest consumed red meat in the world.”

As part of his role as a YFC, this year Tim’s involvement with the Art4Agriculture Archibull Prize program saw him build an incredible relationship with students at The Lakes College on the Central Coast, who are part of Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets program. Recently Tim was the lucky winning bidder of a mural painted by The Lakes College students, in conjunction with Losty and Mercy College, which raised money for Aussie Farmers. Congratulations Tim!

The Lakes College students are kicking huge goals with the 2018 Archibull Prize and this week they are even taking their Archie on a tour across drought stricken New South Wales to further raise money and spirits for Aussie Farmers. This is an inspiring group of students worth watching! Read more about it below in our Archie Action section.

Out of the Field

YFC Steph Fowler and YFC Lucy Collingridge have jetted off to Alberta, Canada, for the Rural Agricultural Societies of the Commonwealth (RASC) Conference.

The Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth (RASC) is a confederation of over fifty leading national and regional Agricultural Show Societies, Agricultural Associations and Research Bodies working in twenty Commonwealth countries.

Steph and Lucy both received scholarships from the Agricultural Societies Council of NSW to travel to and attend the event, which is designed to give delegates a taste of the agriculture industry in the host country while providing a forum for discussing mutual successes and challenges in agriculture around the world.

Lucy also tagged along on the pre-conference tour which showcased local attractions, farms and food production facilities. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be able to network with people from around the world who face the same problems and successes we do here in Australia with our country shows,” Lucy says.

Read more about the conference program and itinerary here

The Cowra Guardian covered a story on Steph’s trip here

Safe and happy travels Lucy and Steph (pictured below)!

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Grains YFC and 2018 Narrowmine Showgirl Keiley O’Brien is featured in this week’s Behind the Sash series, sharing her story, love for rural Australia and “demonstrating that the perfect showgirl is who you are and not a sterotype.” Listen to Keiley’s great interview here.

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It was an exciting day at the University New England Graduation Ceremony last week with YFC and YVLT Chair Dr Jo Newton receiving the Young Distinguished Alumni Award. You can watch Jo’s address, where she encourages everyone to “pay it forward” at this link. Well done Jo – what a year this amazing young woman has had.

Western New South Wales based YFC, Farmer and Researcher Anika Molesworth has been announced as a headline speaker at the Rotary District 9520 (which covers the corners of Victoria, South Australia and New South Wales) Conference in April 2019.   

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Lifetime Highlights

It’s been a huge few weeks at the University of New England in Armidale, NSW, for some of our YFC who have finished studies…

Congrats to Grains YFC Keiley O’Brien  (Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Business), Cotton YFC Casey Onus (Masters of Business Administration), and YFC Jasmine Whitten and YFC Emma Turner have both submitted their theses.

Mega Congratulations to Cotton Young Farming Champion James Kanaley who married the love of his life Jessica Skilbeck yesterday in the Riverina

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Archie Action

With The Archibull Prize 2018 National Awards and Exhibition Day fast approaching, it’s all action on the Archie front!

This year’s Archie artwork finalists from schools across New South Wales and Queensland have been announced and their life-size cow artworks will start making their way to Sydney for the National Awards in just a few weeks time. Read all about it here to see which school’s Archies will be displayed at the Awards and at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show. Well done to all the students, teachers, school communities and Young Farming Champions involved!

Two inspiring young woman have been announced as the guest speakers for this year’s Archies. CEO of Foodbank Australia and self confessed “huge fan of the Archies” Brianna Casey, and councillor for the City of Sydney and former Deputy Lord Mayor, Jess Miller are both incredible advocates for agriculture and change. It is with great excitement that we look forward to sharing the day of our national awards ceremony with them.

And in the meantime, make sure to get your votes in for your favourite Archie in the People’s Choice Award – voting closes November 12th!

As many finalists head to Sydney, a very special Archie from The Lakes College is taking a looong detour with its creators  – heading west to Mudgee, Coonamble, Brewarrina and Bourke – and raising money for drought affected farmers and communities.

Sixty-three students from Father Chris Riley’s Youth of the Streets program will be fixing fences, feeding cattle, running games for rual kids and hanging out donated groceries vouchers. Their amazing Archie – which students have turned into a giant money box – is going along for the rie. And when you drop a coin into the metal bucket inside, it chimes like raindrops on a tin roof.

 “From the head to the hide, let’s bridge the divide”

The Lakes College Archie

Teacher Amy Gill says their Archie is all about courage, generosity, learning from past mistakes, looking forward and creating change, while the drought relief convey is a tool for education and a celebration of what farmers do, a symbol of support and recognition. Read more about the ethos of The Lakes College Archie here.

Read more about the convoy in this Sunday Telegraph story.

Well done to all the students and teachers involved and our wonderful YFC Tim Eyes!

#ArchieAction #YouthinAg #YouthVoices18

Young Farming Champions Muster October 2018 2nd Edition  

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

In the Field

Getting bogged isn’t usually cause for celebration…. Unless many of your clients are in drought. Young Farming Champion (YFC) Casey Onus got herself into a sticky situation in Bullarah, 90km West of Moree. The farmer whose property Casey was visiting got Casey safely back on the road. Casey says, “The wheel tracks going down the road were a bit misleading! Cost me a carton and a few laughs to get out.”

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 A carton of beer and a few laughs at Casey’s expense got Casey back on the road.

Grains YFC Marlee Langfield featured on the front cover of this week’s The Land newspaper talking about the very welcome rain that’s recently fallen. Read the story in The Land here

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Earlier in the season 9 News Central West also visited Marlee’s farm, you can check out that story here

Further north, 64mm has fallen in the last 2 weeks at  Hayley Piggott’s family property at Rolleston, QLD. This takes the total up to 338mm for the year, although this is much lower than the long-term yearly average of 711mm it’s very welcome.

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This month Hayley’s has also clocked 52km out of her target 100km as part of the great Cycle challenge. She’s raising money to fight kids’ cancer. You can check out her journey here

Out of the Field

It was a royal affair for Cotton YFC Anika Molesworth and partner Corey Stenhouse. They attended a reception at Admiralty House to meet Prince Harry. Anika said Harry had so much passion and energy she felt empowered to change the world after their conversation

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Wool Young Farming Champion and Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer Lucy Collingridge had an exciting week at work attending the 2018 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium at Coffs Harbour. The symposium brought together those working at the forefront of pest management in NSW, looking at new developments in science, policy and practice including new pest control and monitoring techniques.

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Lucy Collingridge attended the 2018 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium this week which included a presentation from Tanya Howard.

Next stop for Lucy was the annual Cootamundra Show! Lucy was Cootamundra Showgirl in 2015 and went on to be a state finalist. Lucy’s continuing involvement in the Cootamundra Show includes organising the Group 9 Young Judges Competition Final. 

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All creatures great and small turned up for the annual Cootamundra Show on Saturday 20th October! Image: Lucy Collingridge.

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Wool YFC Lucy Collingridge organises the Young Judges Competition Group 9 Final at the Cootamundra Show. Images: Lucy Collingridge.

The Archibull Prize 2018 judging tour is well underway and as always the competition judges are having a difficult time deciding who will take home the Grand Champion Archie! Will this year’s winner be from the grains, beef, horticulture, pork, eggs, wool or cotton industries? Make sure you have your say in the People’s Choice Award – voting closes soon!

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One hundred inspiring women and their supporters came together on Wednesday 17th October at Sydney Town Hall for the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards 2018. Among those women was Young Farming Champion and Agriculture Victoria Research Scientist Dr Jo Newton, named as a finalist in the Local and Regional category. The gala dinner was a true celebration of the achievements of all finalists, recognised as a new generation of leaders standing out in their chosen fields. The overall 100 Women of Influence winner and winner of the public policy category was Megan Davis of the University of New South Wales. Congratulations to Jo on being named in this awe-inspiring group of women and we look forward to seeing where this achievement leads you over the next 12 months and beyond!

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Dr Jo Newton (centre) was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018.

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Jo and her supporters at the 100 Women of Influence 2018 Gala Dinner.

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Farming in partnership with his wife Rachel (left) and parents David and Cathie (right ) and grandparents, farming is all about family for Dan Fox.

Grains Young Farming Champion Daniel Fox was announced as one of the winners in the 2018 Kondinin/ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. Daniel won the Award for Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Telstra, at a dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on October 16. Over the last decade Daniel has been helping move the family farm at Marrar, NSW from a traditional mixed sheep and cropping property to a continuous cropping enterprise using regenerative agriculture. Congratulations Daniel on this wonderful achievement!

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Wonderful news from the Parkes area with Sheep and Cattle YFC Hannah Barber marrying Sam Hawker. Congratulations to you both

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Young Farming Champion Dan Fox wins Innovation Farmer of the Year 2018

Young Farming Champion Daniel Fox was announced as one of the winners in the 2018 Kondinin/ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards at a dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on October 16.

The Australian Farmer of the Year Awards are designed to celebrate and applaud the outstanding achievements of those individuals and families making a significant contribution to Australian Agriculture.”

Daniel won the Award for Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Telstra. He is a fifth-generation farmer, whose family have been farming in the Marrar district of New South Wales for more than 80 years. Over the last decade Daniel has been helping move the farm from a traditional mixed sheep and cropping property to a continuous cropping enterprise using regenerative agriculture.

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Farming in partnership with his wife Rachel (left) and parents David and Cathie (right ) and grandparents farming is all about family for Dan Fox 

“It’s very humbling to win this award,” Daniel says. “There are a few local growers in our area moving in the same direction as us and we bounce ideas off each other quite regularly, for which I thank them very much. This award is reassuring that we are moving in the right direction and we will continue to implement regenerative agriculture practices on our farm and share our ideas and the information we learn. On a personal note, I feel this award is just as much earned by my family as it is by me, as without them I would not have had the opportunity to work on our family farm and be inspired by their work ethic and passion for agriculture.”

Changes made on the Fox farm in recent times include the purchase of a disc planter in order to move to a full zero-till controlled traffic system, a transition to organic-based liquid fertiliser, companion cropping and experiments with chaff lining and cover cropping.

Guy Franklin, Telstra’s General Manager, Innovation Accelerator, was impressed by Daniel’s commitment to applying innovative techniques on-farm and making fantastic progress in improving and future-proofing his farming business. “It is great to see a next generation family member apply new thinking to the way of doing things and this shows a good understanding of innovation,” Guy said. “I applaud Daniel, as I think what he’s doing will be a blueprint for how the land will be managed for sustainable use into the future.”

 

AGRICULTURE BIG WINNER AT GREEN GLOBE AWARDS

Picture You in Agriculture founder Lynne Strong and Young Farming Champion (YFC) Mentor and Coach Gaye Steel joined finalist YFC Anika Molesworth at the Art Gallery of NSW last Thursday night  for the announcement of the winners of the 2018 Green Globe Awards.

We were very excited to see agriculture high amongst the accolades. Run by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage the Green Globe Awards recognise and celebrate individuals and companies contributing to a more sustainable NSW, and this year 41% of the nominations were from regional areas.

Winner of the Young Sustainability Champion Award was YFC Anika Molesworth who was recognised for her efforts to raise the profile of climate action and renewable energy within agriculture.

“After seeing her family’s sheep farm struggle through a decade-long drought, she focused her education and began a career building resilience in fragile farming systems,” NSW Minister for the Environment Gabrielle Upton said.

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Anika Molesworth winner of Young Sustainability Champion with Robin Mellon who is CEO at the Supply Chain Sustainability School

“This was an exciting category due to the incredible work already being done by the young people nominated,” Anika said.  “Angelina Arora, a high school student, is making plastic from a natural waste product, Arlian Ecker is Plastic Free Boy, and Charlotte Rose Mellis has established projects on remote business, waste management and marine ecology. These young people are already charging ahead in environmental management and sustainability.”

“With any one of these people being a well-deserving winner, I was humbled to be selected as the 2018 Young Sustainability Champion for the Green Globe Awards. I believe this recognition goes beyond that for the individual, but extends to the wider community of young people working tirelessly in agriculture to make it the best it possibly can be. 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.”

Agriculture was also recognised in the Resource Efficiency Award with pig-producer Blantyre Farms winning the category. Blantyre harvests methane emitted by its pigs and uses it in generators, creating 2,000 MWh of renewable electricity each year. This innovative approach to clean energy has meant Blantyre no longer uses electricity from the grid.

Agriculture also featured as a finalist in the Innovation Award with Woolcool Australia recognised for their use of sheep belly wool to produce insulated packaging materials as an alternative to polystyrene.

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Championing solar energy ClearSky Solar Investments won the prestigious Premier’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the Climate Change Leadership Award and the Community Leadership Award and was a finalist in the Innovation category. This recognition further opens opportunities for the agricultural industry to have conversations regarding renewable energy.

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Anika with fellow finalist Arlian Ecker (Plastic Free Boy) and Neale Siebert from ClearSky Solar Investments.

“Transitioning away from polluting and harmful fossil fuels is critical if we are going to give the next generation of food and fibre producers the best possible chance,” Anika said. “Renewable energy in agriculture gives us an exciting, prosperous and bright future.”

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