Young farmers can help shape the future of agriculture

By Country News

Young people in the agriculture sector can help to shape the future of the industry by applying to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council.

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaclyn Symes said young people from all agricultural industries should apply.

“If you’re passionate about agriculture and want to make a difference for young farmers in Victoria, this is the opportunity for you,” Ms Symes said.

“Previous members have helped enormously in informing us and other government officials of their priorities and issues — they’ve truly shaped the industry for the years to come.”

The council will seek six members with a balance of representation by gender, industry and region to sign up for a three-year term.

Applicants need to retain a broad range of skills and experience in farm management, agribusiness, finance, education, international markets and regional development.

The council provides a direct voice to government on a wide range of issues that impact young people working in agriculture.

Current council members have provided advice to government on key issues such as workplace and farm safety, mental health, pathways for young people in agriculture and more recently climate change.

Council members also act as young ambassadors to try and attract new entrants to the agricultural sector.

Expressions of interest to join the council are now open and close on Sunday, March 22.

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