Our Young Farming Champions have trained with some of Australia’s finest communication, marketing and professional development experts, and are equipped with the skills to design and deliver paddock to plate agriculture education activities.
We cover a range of agricultural industries, so let’s meet the team:
Peta grew up amongst sheep on her family’s New Armatree Border Leicester Stud in northern NSW, where she gained a life-long appreciation for wool. She completed a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England in 2017 and is now a development officer with MERINOSELECT. Peta has been involved with event activation at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Dione also grew up surrounded by sheep on her family’s Illawarra Merino Stud in the Riverina and is currently in her final year of study at Charles Sturt University, from where she will graduate as a veterinarian. Her expertise covers areas such as animal production, welfare communication and animal biosecurity. Dione has been involved with event activation at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and presented to the Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference in 2017.
Lucy is a self-confessed townie, but grew to love the wool industry after she was introduced to shearing at age 15. She furthered her interest in the industry through involvement with agricultural shows and completed a Bachelor of Agriculture, before joining NSW Local Land Services where she now works as a biosecurity officer. Lucy has presented to Local Land Services stakeholder groups.
As a child, Deanna slept in wool bins during shearing and could run the long blow on a Coolalee ram before she started primary school. She has a certificate in woolclassing and competes in national shearing and wool handling competitions. Deanna works with the public on a daily basis as she runs shearing demonstrations for tourists with Outback Pioneers in Longreach.
Tayla grew up in Sydney and, from an environmental background, developed an interest in agriculture at university. After completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, and recognising environment and agriculture work hand in hand for a common goal, Tayla now works as a graduate agronomist with One Harvest. Tayla has presented for the Growing Leaders 2017 Get Vegged project.
Inspired by her father and, with a strong succession plan in place, Marlee is on track to take over management of her family’s cereal cropping farm near Cowra. In preparing herself for the role she has completed a Certificate III in Agriculture and Diploma in Management and in 2015 was the Western NSW Trainee of the Year. Marlee has worked with the Cowra Show Society and has presented to students as part of The Archibull Prize.
City girl Emma was exposed to agriculture through her school’s involvement with The Archibull Prize and the Sydney Royal Easter Show. She is now studying a Bachelor of Rural Science in Armidale. Emma presented her story to dignitaries and attendees at the 2017 Archibull Prize Awards Ceremony.
Emma grew up tailing wild merinos on station country between Port Augusta and Coober Pedy but transferred her agricultural dreams to agronomy when she studied a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. She has worked with cotton on the lakebeds of Menindee and as a cotton consultant with Elders, and now runs her own agronomy business. Emma has presented at various industry functions including Local Land Services, and to students as part of The Archibull Prize.
Sharna is another past student of The Archibull Prize who credits the program for influencing her decision to study agriculture. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science Sharna now works as a development extension officer with the Queensland Government. Sharna has appeared in a series of videos promoting farm hygiene in the cotton industry.
Jasmine grew up on a mixed farm near Tamworth, asking questions of anyone who would stand still. She has since continued to expand her broad knowledge of agriculture through shows, meat judging competitions and work as a jillaroo in northern Australia. Today Jasmine, studying a Bachelor of Rural Science at UNE, has found her niche in the egg industry. At the Sydney Royal Easter Show she will run workshops with junior “egg farmers”, teaching them about egg quality and safety and encouraging them to ask questions of their own.