Hunter Local Land Services launches two emerging leaders in agriculture scholarships

 Hunter Local Land Services is pleased to announce a new partnership with Action4Agriculture that will identify and empower emerging young leaders within agriculture. Two scholarships are on offer for a Hunter local to participate in the prestigious Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program.

“Hunter Local Land Services is excited to provide support for young Hunter farmers to participate in the Young Farming Champions program,” Hunter LLS general manager Brett Miners said. “We are continually inspired by the passion and talent of our local young farmers and this program will provide them with opportunities to build new skills and leadership capabilities. Helping to develop the next generation of emerging leaders in agriculture will assist our local communities and industries to be more resilient and adaptable for the future. We value the opportunity to engage with the next generation of farmers, partners and potential future employees.”


Hunter LLS believes this scholarship will:

  • Identify and develop the next generation of emerging leaders in agriculture
  • Future proof our farming systems and build natural disaster resilience in our young people
  • Provide opportunities to engage with next generation and managers,consumers and future employees
  • Bring together and support the diversity of agricultural enterprises in the Hunter including oysters, grains, beef and sheep

Young people, aged between 18 and 35, who are following an agricultural career pathway are invited to apply for the Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program. Successful applicants will receive an incredible two-year package of support including media training, networking and mentorship opportunities to help them share why their heart is in the Hunter and in agriculture.

In the second year of the program these young leaders will have the opportunity to hone their advocacy skills by engaging with primary and secondary students with A4A’s in-school programs The Archibull Prize and Kreative Koalas.

Hunter LLS has been a long supporter of the in-school programs, particularly Kreative Koalas.

“One of the reasons Kreative Koalas has been so successful in the Hunter is the fact that it’s brought so many organisations together to support the schools in delivering their projects,” School Engagement Officer Jane Lloyd Jones says. “Organisations are providing students with a broad range of educational opportunities that complement one another, enhance student’s learning and assist them to see the ‘bigger picture’. Benefits of this are reflected in the amazing community projects designed and delivered by the students, our future land managers.”


Opportunities, such as working with Kreative Koalas, are one of the many benefits of the Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program. Graduates then join Young Farming Champions – a national network of globally connected young thought leaders thriving in business and in life, who are inspiring community pride in Australian agriculture. Young Farming Champions include among their ranks Local Land Services veterinarian Dione Howard, Australian Young Farmer of the Year Emma Ayliffe and The Food Farm founder Tim Eyes

Meet Young Farming Champion Tim Eyes 

Expressions of interest brochure for the 2021 Cultivate – Growing Young Leaders program can be here and Expression of Interest can be submitted here

For more information contact Action4Agriculture National Director

Lynne Strong at 




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