This week’s top stories from Young Farming Champions across the country.
In the Field
Getting bogged isn’t usually cause for celebration…. Unless many of your clients are in drought. Young Farming Champion (YFC) Casey Onus got herself into a sticky situation in Bullarah, 90km West of Moree. The farmer whose property Casey was visiting got Casey safely back on the road. Casey says, “The wheel tracks going down the road were a bit misleading! Cost me a carton and a few laughs to get out.”
A carton of beer and a few laughs at Casey’s expense got Casey back on the road.
Grains YFC Marlee Langfield featured on the front cover of this week’s The Land newspaper talking about the very welcome rain that’s recently fallen. Read the story in The Land here
Earlier in the season 9 News Central West also visited Marlee’s farm, you can check out that story here
Further north, 64mm has fallen in the last 2 weeks at Hayley Piggott’s family property at Rolleston, QLD. This takes the total up to 338mm for the year, although this is much lower than the long-term yearly average of 711mm it’s very welcome.
This month Hayley’s has also clocked 52km out of her target 100km as part of the great Cycle challenge. She’s raising money to fight kids’ cancer. You can check out her journey here
Out of the Field
It was a royal affair for Cotton YFC Anika Molesworth and partner Corey Stenhouse. They attended a reception at Admiralty House to meet Prince Harry. Anika said Harry had so much passion and energy she felt empowered to change the world after their conversation
Wool Young Farming Champion and Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer Lucy Collingridge had an exciting week at work attending the 2018 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium at Coffs Harbour. The symposium brought together those working at the forefront of pest management in NSW, looking at new developments in science, policy and practice including new pest control and monitoring techniques.
Lucy Collingridge attended the 2018 NSW Vertebrate Pest Management Symposium this week which included a presentation from Tanya Howard.
Next stop for Lucy was the annual Cootamundra Show! Lucy was Cootamundra Showgirl in 2015 and went on to be a state finalist. Lucy’s continuing involvement in the Cootamundra Show includes organising the Group 9 Young Judges Competition Final.
All creatures great and small turned up for the annual Cootamundra Show on Saturday 20th October! Image: Lucy Collingridge.
Wool YFC Lucy Collingridge organises the Young Judges Competition Group 9 Final at the Cootamundra Show. Images: Lucy Collingridge.
The Archibull Prize 2018 judging tour is well underway and as always the competition judges are having a difficult time deciding who will take home the Grand Champion Archie! Will this year’s winner be from the grains, beef, horticulture, pork, eggs, wool or cotton industries? Make sure you have your say in the People’s Choice Award – voting closes soon!
One hundred inspiring women and their supporters came together on Wednesday 17th October at Sydney Town Hall for the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence Awards 2018. Among those women was Young Farming Champion and Agriculture Victoria Research Scientist Dr Jo Newton, named as a finalist in the Local and Regional category. The gala dinner was a true celebration of the achievements of all finalists, recognised as a new generation of leaders standing out in their chosen fields. The overall 100 Women of Influence winner and winner of the public policy category was Megan Davis of the University of New South Wales. Congratulations to Jo on being named in this awe-inspiring group of women and we look forward to seeing where this achievement leads you over the next 12 months and beyond!
Dr Jo Newton (centre) was nominated as a finalist in the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence 2018.
Jo and her supporters at the 100 Women of Influence 2018 Gala Dinner.
Farming in partnership with his wife Rachel (left) and parents David and Cathie (right ) and grandparents, farming is all about family for Dan Fox.
Grains Young Farming Champion Daniel Fox was announced as one of the winners in the 2018 Kondinin/ABC Rural Australian Farmer of the Year Awards. Daniel won the Award for Excellence in Innovation, sponsored by Telstra, at a dinner at Parliament House in Canberra on October 16. Over the last decade Daniel has been helping move the family farm at Marrar, NSW from a traditional mixed sheep and cropping property to a continuous cropping enterprise using regenerative agriculture. Congratulations Daniel on this wonderful achievement!
Wonderful news from the Parkes area with Sheep and Cattle YFC Hannah Barber marrying Sam Hawker. Congratulations to you both
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