At Picture You in Agriculture we have it on good authority that emerging leaders in the agriculture sector are applying for personal and professional development courses because they want to have impact, they want to have a voice in how decisions are made. They want to learn how to have influence, to build networks and work together to create a bright future for rural Australia.
Our experience supported by this excellent research by Corteva Agriscience “The Future of Food and Farming” shows us young agriculturalists and young consumers share many common concerns and hopes for the food system they are inheriting, and a strong desire to be involved in securing its future. Picture You in Agriculture is very excited to be bringing these two very important groups of people together
Applications are now open for young agriculturalists aged between 18 and 30 to participate in the two year Cultivate Growing Young Leaders program. Participants graduate to become Young Farming Champions. The program provides an unparalleled opportunity for young agriculturalists to have impact by connecting them directly with their audience in schools, in the community and with government
There is no shortage of examples in the Young Farming Champions program of young people having impact. How much impact they have depends on where they want to have impact and the effort they are prepared to put in.
Today we showcase Climate Action Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth.
This is what Anika has to say about her Young Farming Champion’s journey.
I am delighted to have been involved with the Young Farming Champions since 2014.
I originally joined the program because I wanted to learn how to play a more impactful role in the agricultural sector which I care about so much. I knew that by investing in my own development, I could give back to the people and places that I cherish.
Over the last 6 years I have learnt so much! I have learnt industry specific knowledge – about grains, cotton, poultry, meat and livestock. I have learnt the importance of collaboration. Working with people who have different backgrounds, experience and perspectives is so invigorating and stimulates my mind like nothing else. I have been challenged by the questions students have asked me when I present to their classes, and been energized by their enthusiasm to learn more about food, fibre and farming. I have also been humbled by the teachers who invite the Young Farming Champions into their classrooms.
This program has allowed me to make an impact on an issue that is very close to my heart – climate change. It has developed my personal skills in confidence and resilience. It has developed my career skills in public speaking and fundraising. It has also enabled me to achieve my desire of giving back. I know because of this program I am making a meaningful difference.
What others are saying about Anika
“Anika is one of Australia’s younger generation of farmers most impressive voices. She recognises the importance of action on Climate Change in ensuring our farming future and the importance of engaging all Australians in the climate change action journey” Professor Mark Howden ANU Climate Change Institute
Where is Anika’s voice being heard?
Where isnt it being heard is probably the right question?
Anika on The Drum March 2020
Anika on The Project
Anika interviews former US Secretary of State John Kerry
2018 Green Globe Award Winner
Key note speaker NSW State Landcare Conference
NSW/ACT Young Leaders Awards Acceptance Speech
2017 TED talk
Anika joins 100 women changemakersin STEM in Antarctica
and zooming in from Broken Hill to students at James Erskine Public School gives her great joy
Anika joins fellow scientists to share the Earth Day message in Marie Clair
You too can be a changemaker like Anika – it all starts with Cultivate Growing Young Leaders. Apply now