Kids may wrongly think yogurt grows on trees but they get it right when they say its healthy


The 2017 Archibull Prize has taken another step forward by adding health and nutrition to the list of topics students can investigate, reflect and take action on

With the recent release of the Food Sustainability Index (FSI) which has three pillars of the FSI—sustainable agriculture, nutritional challenges and food loss and waste—all linking to the debate about the future of agricultural production in Australia.

Overall, Australia came 8th out of the 25 countries measured in the FSI. This is one of the lowest rankings for a developed country, suggesting room for improvement.

Importantly even though Australia scores strongly on food waste and loss (ranked 2nd in the index), nutritional challenges are identified as a particular issue for the country. Australia ranks 16th in the nutritional challenges pillar, well below other developed countries such as France, Japan and South Korea. This suggests that a focus on a healthy diet is a key priority for the country’s policymakers. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has warned about growing rates of obesity in the country,with current figures indicating that 63% of adults are either overweight or obese.7

The Archibull Prize has been recognised as a world renowned program in its ability to statistically measure students awareness, appreciation and behaviour change

With 63% of Australian adults now obese what did The Archibull Prize survey show us about student eating habits and knowledge about what is healthy food

Here is what we found out


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I will leave the in depth analysis to our evaluator Renshaw-Hitchen but its clear young people know what food is healthy and what food is not. Does knowledge alone translate to healthy weight outcomes????  Whilst its out of my area of expertise history would tells us unlikely. Looking forward to the students big ideas on how we reverse the obesity trend in Australia.


You will note we do not have grains on our list.  Previous experience has shown us students have little knowledge of  what “grains” are beyond rice and in the main are relatively unaware that wheat becomes bread and barley becomes milo etc and that mung beans are a grain. The grains industry has a lot of work to do in this space and they off to a good start with these excellent resources created by AgCommunicators  

Nuffield Scholarships on offer for #youthinag


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The RAS Foundation has recently partnered with the Nuffield Scholarship Program to support the scholarship of a NSW based scholar.  Applications close on Friday 16th June.

The scholarship involves a $30,000 bursary to study cutting edge global agriculture!! To apply visit the Nuffield website here

Nuffield Scholarships are open to applicants who are:

  1. Between 28-45 years of age. Please note that exceptional candidates outside this age range will be considered
  2. Ordinarily a resident of Australia
  3. Engaged in farming, horticulture or fishing as an owner or manager or an active member of a farming business
  4. Intending to remain involved in primary production in Australia.

With more than 25 scholarships available in 2018, this is a fantastic opportunity that includes:

  • The opportunity to research a topic of your choice that will add value to the Australian agriculture industry.
  • Become a member of the Nuffield Australia Alumni to develop your skills and knowledge to promote, support and innovate your industry and region.
  • Become a member of a worldwide network of more than 1,500 Nuffield Scholars around the world, with access to them and their networks to assist with your scholarship research and travels.

If you know a friend, neighbour or colleague that would be a perfect candidate, please forward these details and encourage them to apply.

For more information including scholarship offer, eligibility and testimonials from existing scholars, see the full scholarship brochure



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The 2017 Archibull Prize is off and running and excitement is building at Bulahdelah Central School in NSW with the delivery of their Archie.

“The cow is in a fenced area in the foyer. I came out of my office the other day and these two little kindergarten kids were just sitting at the fence, cross-legged on the floor, looking at the cow.”

Deb Gilbert, Deputy Principal

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Students from Year 5 to Year 10 are keen to get started on their journey through the world of sheep and beef with the support of Hunter Local Land Services and a very special Young Farming Champion.

Hunter Local Land Services is a government agency that works with land owners, farmers, agricultural industry organisations, communities and other government bodies to improve primary production and management of natural resources in the Hunter region.

 “The Archibull Prize is a perfect fit for our organisation. The program provides in depth learning opportunities for students in our region on agriculture, biosecurity, climate change, energy, water and careers in agriculture. We hope that through The Archibull Prize, the next generation will be better informed about how food and fibre is produced and be inspired to seek out careers in agriculture and land management.”

Camilla Cowley, Hunter LLS

 BCS students with Hunter LLS Archie

BCS students with Hunter Local Land Services Baby Archie 

 “The Archibull Prize will make the kids aware of the issues facing agriculture and our global environment. We come from an area that used to be centred around dairying and timber, which has diversified over the years, so it’s important our kids see agriculture has changed and there is a variety of occupations they can be involved in.

Deb Gilbert, Deputy Principal

Bulahdelah is a country town in the heart of the Great Lakes on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales. Set on the banks of the Myall River near its junction with the Crawford River, the town is named from an Aboriginal word thought to mean “the meeting of the waters”,


The school has adopted an innovative approach in linking the primary and secondary through its middle schooling initiatives. The Archibull Prize will see primary school students from years 5 and 6 partnering with students in Year 10 in the secondary school .

“The Archibull will teach the kids about sustainability and about the limited resources available to a growing population because you’ve got to think about the bigger picture and your part in it. It will also show how important farmers are to our community, our economy and our well-being”

Sonia McDonald, Year 5/6 teacher

Mrs Gilbert has been teasing the students with a slow reveal of their Young Farming Champion, who is an expert in the sheep and beef industry, who has won major awards and who has travelled overseas to speak on environmental issues. Their YFC is none other than Mrs Gilbert’s son – Josh!

“It’s all about role modelling back to the kids in our school. Josh graduated from BCS and I don’t know if a lot of the kids realise some of the things he has achieved. To have someone come back to our school as a role model and say what they have accomplished given their education at our school is really valuable. Some of the students will be surprised, and may be disappointed even, when they find out it is just Josh!”

Deb Gilbert, Loving Mother

Josh and Peter Garrett

BCS Alumni Josh Gilbert with Peter Garret who presented Josh with the 2016 National Geographic Award for Young Environmentalist 

You can follow BCS journey on their blog found here

#archie17 #admirabull #sustainabull #lovabull #delectabull #educabull

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Casey Onus goes to Miami as part of the Become the Solution UNE team


Young Farming Champion Casey Onus (far left) has the opportunity of a lifetime to join the University of New England (UNE) team travelling to Miami for the  International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA)

The University of New England is for the third year in a row attending the IFAMA Conference.  As part of the conference UNE will have two teams participating in the Student Case study competition against teams from around the world.  The teams have been training for this competition during the last trimester.  This training helps them with financial and case study skills as well as presentation skills which are of course important skills for life.  This year the Conference is in Miami and the topic is Become the Solution – Technology, Investment, and People: Business Solutions for Food Security.

The IFAMA conference not only gives UNE students the opportunity to learn from International experts they are also able to network with other students with the same interests as well as people from relevant industry and academics from other Universities.

Meet all the 2017 UNE IFARMA team in this great video

Our teams are lucky enough to be sponsored by Sygenta, Ceres Agriculture, Guyra Milling, Rabo Bank and Rex Airlines and supported by Rimfire Resources.  We really appreciate these companies taking an interest in and investing in our students and the future of Agriculture in Australia.

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Conference scholarships on offer for young people passionate about international agricultural research

Australian agriculture has a lot to offer.  One of our key strengths is being able to offer research and development expertise to developing countries either through access to agriculture’s bright or on ground international research and development projects

The majority of people in less developed countries live in rural areas and are dependent on the land for employment and their food security. Many of our Young Farming Champions have spent time working side by side with farmers in developing countries and some like Anika Molesworth have made it their life work

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Australian farmer Anika Molesworth working with farmers in Cambodia on sustainable farming practices. Photograph: CARDI (Cambodian Agricultural Research and Development Institute)

The Crawford Fund is an Australian organisation who have acknowledged that support for agricultural research is one of the most effective ways that Australia can assist in  developing countries (their farmers, their environment and their economies) and foster mutual understanding.

As part of the Fund’s efforts to encourage young people in their study, careers and volunteering in international agricultural research, the Crawford Fund offer conference scholarships to young Australians with a genuine interest in international agricultural development, to attend the Crawford Fund conference in Canberra.

“The Crawford Fund Scholars program connected me to world-renowned researchers in international agricultural development, and has challenged and inspired my thinking and my work life. The experience has reinforced to me the meaningful career of agricultural research and development, and has motivated me to find out more about farming in other countries and to push the comfort-zone boundaries.” Anika Molesworth

Like Anika former conference scholars confirm this is a unique learning, networking and mentoring opportunity.  The scholars are involved in two ½ days of activities in addition to the conference; engage with keynote speakers, experienced Australian agricultural researchers and educators, and other passionate young people who have experience overseas in developing countries as researchers, volunteers or mentors.

The conference this year runs over 7 and 8 August in Canberra and is titled Transforming lives and livelihoods – the digital revolution in agriculture.  The aim is to addressing the current and future likely impact of the data revolution for smallholder farmers.

Eligible costs to be met from the scholarships include conference registration fees and related reasonable transport, food and accommodation costs. Full details on eligibility and the application process are here.

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Aussie Farmers Foundation supporting development of young agricultural leaders

We are very excited to officially announce our new partnership with the Aussie Farmers Foundation  


Aussie Farmers Foundation has partnered with Art4Agriculture to spread the word about the importance of agriculture in Australia and to support young leaders in the industry.

Aussie Farmers Foundation helps rural and regional communities to thrive by backing them during tough times. Set up in 2010, Aussie Farmers Foundation has given over $1.3 million to projects which support farm sustainability, disaster relief, mental health, kid’s health and food relief across country Australia.

The partnership will see four Young Farming Champion alumni visit 10 schools in metropolitan and country areas in Victoria, NSW and Queensland in 2017 and provides a scholarship for a Young Farming Champion to take part in the 2017/18 program.

Executive Officer Julia Hunter said Art4Agriculture is an incredible way for young people to share their passion about the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding the world.

“Aussie Farmers Foundation is thrilled to partner with Art4Agriculture to help achieve our aims of supporting the sustainability of Australian farms,” she said.

“Agriculture is the lifeblood of Australia, and it’s in our best interests to nurture the nation’s future farmers, growers and agriculture specialists, and encourage them to consider this as an exciting and viable career option while they’re still in school.”

Excitingly  this new partnership offers Art4Agriculture the opportunity to double the diversity of farming industries students can investigate and reflect on and use as inspiration on how they as part of a community and as individuals can

  • reduce their impact on climate change,
  • reduce bio-security risks
  • contribute to healthy communities
  • can find rewarding and dynamic careers in the agriculture sector

Our YFC future leaders and influencers will have the opportunity to undertake comprehensive workshops to give them skills in public speaking, social licence, marketing, media, facilitation and leading transformational change. All of which enable them to share positive agricultural stories and in doing so raise the profile of the agriculture sector. As part of the program they will expand their personal and professional networks, further develop and refine their communications skills, learn and connect to each other and the wider community.

The YFC program also links with The Archibull Prize. This program provides primary and secondary school students with the opportunity to connect with our inspiring young agriculture ambassadors and future influencers so they can learn about the agriculture sector and co-create the future they want to see.

We would like to welcome Annicka Brosnan as our new YFC supported by Aussie Farmers Foundation. Annicka’s strong background in the horticulture sector will promote the importance of fruit and vegetables as part of a healthy diet and  horticulture’s contribution to healthy communities .

Annicka 2 Welcome Annika Brosnan

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Watershed moments for Power of Youth in Action and the Power of Art

This weekend in partnership with Intrepid Landcare, Picture You in Agriculture launched the Young Sustainability Ambassadors (YSA) and Landcare Legends  program.  Read their stories here

This program is inspired by the success of the Young Farming Champions (YFC) program and a pilot of the program under the banner of the Young Eco Champions in 2012. Read more about the back story here


I am sitting here in one of the most incredible built spaces I have ever been thinking how excited the founders of Landcare,  Rick Farley and Phillip Coyne would have been to be the room with the YSA and witness a new era of young social and environmental actionists partnering with young farmers to co-create the future they want to see

Like the YFC the Young Sustainability Ambassadors have the opportunity to both hone the skills they learn at the workshops and go into schools as part of the Kreative Koalas program and start a movement of change

I loved this quote from one of the ambassadors

“We are the product of what we have learnt from other people. Surround yourself with the people and the places that inspire you”

One of the highlights of this weekend has been that we delivered both.


Thanks to the support of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) we held the workshop in the most amazing inspirational space


The SBRC is a 6 Star Green Star- Education Design v1 accredited, multi-disciplinary facility that aimss to research, collaborate, and link with industry to meet the challenge of improving the energy efficiency of our new and existing buildings


They are pioneering new approaches to retrofitting techniques to create more effective places to live and work. The SBRC is located at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus. Want to know more you can check out their website here 


Just across the road from the SBRC is another treasure of sustainable built spaces. The Illawarra Flame house is baby of Team UOW Australia who took up the challenge of choosing to demonstrate how to retrofit a ‘fibro’ home, to transform it into a sustainable 21st century net-zero energy home. The aim was to upgrade an existing building to inspire Australian homeowners and the local and national building industry, and to accelerate the development and adoption of advanced building energy technology in new and existing homes.

What a great job they have done – Love it making the ‘fibro’ house trendy




#newbeginnings #YSA2017 #kreativekoalas17 #YFC17


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