The Young Farming Champions (YFC) are identified youth ambassadors and future influencers working within the agriculture sector. The YFC promote positive images and perceptions of farming and engage in activities and innovative programs under the Art4Agriculture banner, such as The Archibull Prize. to get these messages across to wider audiences. The YFC demonstrate passion for their industry, while providing real life examples to young people who may have never considered a career in agriculture. Because they are young they can relate to students and are adept at breaking down stereotypes of farming and agricultural careers.
Dr Jo Newton is a young research geneticist working with the dairy industry who selflessly inspires others to pursue careers in agriculture. Eight years ago she founded the Farming Futures Project at the University of New England – a careers fair showcasing agricultural opportunities, and today she mentors young scientists and visits schools to encourage students to realise their own agricultural journey. She has been recognised with the 2017 Dairy Research Foundation Symposium’s Emerging Scientists Award and the 2018 Endeavour Research Fellowship. Jo is regularly invited to speak about her passion and through her leadership and drive is paving the way for others.
Anika Molesworth is the Australian Young Farmer of the Year and a global campaigner for equity for farmers in Australia and developing countries and a passionate advocate for Climate Change action.
“Gen Y is an exciting generation— we have entrepreneurial flair, innovative spirit, and a desire to better the lives of those around us and across the globe. We have the capabilities and energy to revolutionize the face of food and fibre production to ensure a thriving sustainable future.
We need a seat at the decision table to shake up the system, share our ideas, and help create the bright future everyone deserves.”
Geoff Birchnell is an award winning farmer and global agribusiness entrepreneur providing exciting and innovative opportunities for Australian farmers to sell their products directly into the Asian marketplace.
“I am driven by the desire to provide the opportunity for individual Australian farmers to provide their product to the world. To create a unique one to one relationship between consumers around the world & Australian producers, engaging them with the back story and the essence of where their food comes from.”
We believe the key to success for a bright future for everyone in this country is forging partnerships to work together to identify, prepare and support our emerging leaders. To achieve this we collaborate with a diverse group of people shaking it up in government, research bodies, funding bodies, organisations, the community and schools. With extensive support through main stream media we are sharing our stories both locally and globally. As an example of the media we are attracting read some of our stories in Leading Agriculture Magazine.