Grain industry sponsors next crop of Young Farming Champions

We have some exciting news

Australia’s leading grains research organisation, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), is joining forces with Art4Agriculture as a sponsor for the 2014 Young Farming Champion program.

This also means schools participating in the Archibull Prize will have the opportunity to understand the interconnectedness of the landscape, their health and the Australian farmers who produce their food and fibre and showcase the grains industry on their artworks and through their blogs   

Our new partnership with GRDC and the next generation of grain growers will propel Wheat quoteAustralia’s grain industry towards a more innovative, rewarding and vibrant future as part of an exciting new partnership announced this week.

GRDC will join Australian Wool Innovation, MLA’s Target 100 campaign and Cotton Australia and Pauls and sponsor rising stars of the grain industry to become Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champions (YFC)

Their YFC will tour schools across Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, sharing the story of agriculture and sustainable food and fibre production. Grain Young Farming Champions will become respected youth spokespeople for the grain industry, encouraging consumers to be proud of and support Australian farmers.

GRDC Program Manager Capacity Building Kathleen Allan says the GRDC is very pleased to be an industry partner in the Art4 Agriculture program in 2014. “Art4Agriculture is an exciting initiative that provides professional development opportunities for young people in the grains industry and increases awareness amongst school children of the importance of agriculture and the range of career opportunities in the sector,” Ms Allan says.

“The GRDC invests in a range of skills and capacity building activities that are aimed at supporting current and potential future members of the Australian grains industry to improve their capacity to lead, learn, change, innovate and advance the industry,” she says.

At Art4Agriculutre we believe agriculture’s young people are the future. Without them we lose a generation of leaders, innovators and workers who may seek opportunities elsewhere.

We would like to congratulate GRDC on being a leader in engaging, nurturing and building the capacity of young people in the grains industry.

For more information on the Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion program visit:

Celebrating the 2013 Archibull Prize


The trophies

Now that the 2013 Archibull Prize results have been announced and the official photos have arrived ( awesome work by Toby Peet ) lets celebrate the students big ideas, their opinions and their artworks and of course our amazing Australian food and fibre and the people who produce it through these wonderful photos from Toby

Whilst the weather wasn’t ideal The RM Williams stables was a vibrant venue that kept us all dry Archibull-2199

and showed off the Archies from all angles Archibull-2585

The stables were packed to capacity Archibull-2629

The Young Farming Champions did a stellar job acting as Masters of Ceremonies Jo Newton Archibull-2636

AWI Wool Young Farming Champion Jo Newton


NSW Farmers Young Farming Champion Kylie Schuller

The AWI sponsored Moo2Ewe representatives shone


Gwynneville Public School


Model Farms High School




Elizabeth MacArthur High School

The Target 100 sponsored Beef was bold and beautiful


Winmalee High School


Menai High School


St Brigids Catholic Parish School


Avoca Public School

The Cotton Australia sponsored field to fabric story was very pleasing to the eye


Matraville Sports High School


Trangie Central School


Caroline Chisholm College

Northlakes High School

Northlakes High School

Some even went on an overseas journey


Chifley Public School


Tuggerah Lakes Secondary School Berkeley Vale Campus

and the winner was dairy sponsored by Pauls Smarter Milk


Shoalhaven High School and ‘Udder Brilliance’ from head to tail


inside and out


There we sponsors

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and celebrity ‘Friends of the Archies’


and very distinguished guests


and a special thank you to the judges


and some very happy students and teachers


Trangie Central School


Gwynneville Public School


Shoalhaven High School

You can see all the official photos here

I am very excited to announce we have a new industry sponsor for 2014 and more great Australian farmers and their produce to celebrate

Watch this space for the announcement next week