Young Farming Champions Muster July 2018 Week One

This week’s top  stories from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the field

Rain, glorious rain! This beautiful sight brought slight relief to some of our New South Wales based Young Farming Champions who are currently battling drought. Red dust turned to mud on Wool Young Farming Champion Emma Turner’s family sheep property last week and we’ve all got our fingers crossed for more of the much needed wet stuff to fall again soon.

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Farm meets fashion: National clothing brand Jeanswest and Cotton Australia have joined forces to showcase the story of the Australian cotton industry with the help of our very own Cotton Young Farming Champions Emma Ayliffe and Naomi Mulligan. #cottonaustralia

Read all about Emma’s story here

And read Naomi’s story here

Congratulations Emma and Naomi, we know your love for Aussie Cotton will shine through! #

Wool Young Farming Champion Emma Turner is talking all things wool this week to a group of Small Schools from the Barwon/Moree, NSW, area who are taking part in the 2018 Archibull Prize. Four small schools from rural and remote locations around Moree decided to team up for this year’s Archibull Prize as a way of providing the great learning opportunities for remote students and sharing those opportunities with a wider audience.

They are documenting their #ArchieAction journey through their great blog the Baa!won Wooly Bully, where you can catch up on their recent exciting experience of shearing sheep. We’re looking forward to reading all about Emma’s visit!

#welovewool #wearwool #lovesheep

Out of the Field

Young Farming Champion Anika Molesworth is in Leeton, NSW, this week taking part in an Australian Leadership Foundation residential program. Anika will be presenting a leadership project idea to the Rice Growers board. Good luck Anika! #WomenInAg

In Sydney, Young Farming Champion Jo Newton is a panellist and semi finalist judge at the Enactus Australia National CompetitionIf you see her, say Hi and Congratulations, because…

Prime Cuts

This week Jo Newton was announced winner of the RAS Victoria Emerging Leader in Victorian Agriculture award!  Jo is a Research Scientist in Dairy Genetics for Agriculture Victoria and she donates much of her time to ensuring the next generation of scientists are aware of opportunities in agriculture. She is Chair of the Art4Agriculture Youth Voices Leadership Team committee and a highly valued member of the Young Farming Champions who is always generous in her support of all YFC. A huge congrats to you Jo! Read more about her award here



Congratulations also goes to Young Farming Champions Jasmine Whitten and Lucy Collingridge who were finalists in the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association Case Study Competition, with Lucy’s team taking out first place in the Intermediate (post-graduate) section. Well done Lucy! UNE Business School #uneagriculture

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Lifetime Highlights

Love, as well as rain, must have been in the air this week with two exciting engagements.

Congratulations to Grains Young Farming Champion Keiley O’Brien on her engagement to partner Ross Noble.

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And all our best wishes to Wool Young Farming Champion Tom Tourle and fiancé Courtney Lloyd on your engagement.

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It’s such a pleasure to enjoy these highs with our Young Farming Champions throughout their lives! Best wishes Keiley and Ross, and Tom and Courtney.

#YouthVoices18 #YouthinAg #ArchieAction

_2017 Supporting partners Capture



Young Farming Champion Jo Newton wins RASV Emerging Leaders Award

Breaking News


Art4Agriculture is pleased to announce Young Farming Champion Jo Newton has joined Amelia Bright as one of two recipients of the 2018 RASV Emerging Leader in Victorian Agricultural (ELVA) Award.

Run by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria the Awards “recognise people under 40 years of age who have demonstrated leadership qualities and make a contribution in their profession, or to the wider industry and community.”

Jo currently works as a Research Scientist in Dairy Genetics for Agriculture Victoria with the ImProving Herds Project and donates much of her time to ensure the next generation of scientists are aware of the opportunities in agriculture – regularly attending school-based events to share her own experiences. Jo is also Chair of the recently formed Youth Voices Leadership Team, an initiative of Art4Agriculture.

“The agricultural sector has warmly welcomed a city convert and supported my growth and development,” Jo said. “I’m motivated by a desire to give back by doing research that has real benefits for our livestock industries and sharing agriculture’s many opportunities and career paths with the next generation. To have my contributions to agriculture recognised through the RASV Emerging Leaders in Victorian Agriculture Award is overwhelming and humbling.”

The award comes with $10,000 prize-money, which Jo will use to extend a fellowship in Ireland, commencing in November, where she will work with leading animal geneticists and extension specialists at Teagasc: The Agriculture and Food Authority. “Receiving a RASV Emerging Leaders Award will enable me to turn this fellowship into a truly life changing experience,” Jo said. “It will enable me to visit other major research groups in Europe, and hopefully to attend one of the big European animal science/genetics conferences. These activities would offer me an opportunity to hear the latest research in animal science in Europe and would provide a forum for idea sharing and networking within the wider European agricultural community. New knowledge and networks formed in Europe would be brought back to Australia, offering an international perspective to my future work and providing a foundation for future collaborative research opportunities.”

Lynne Strong, Art4Agriculture National Program Director, has known and mentored Jo for many years and believes she is a most-worthy recipient of the ELVA. “Jo has a strong  ‘we-can-do-this attitude’ and a unique capacity to frame things in a positive and encouraging way, giving others the courage to find their own voice and take ownership of  the solutions,” Lynne said. “Jo’s advocacy and promotion of agriculture is helping to build community trust and understanding about agriculture, is attracting new people to the sector and helping retain agriculture’s best and brightest minds.”

Jo was presented with the RASV Emerging Leaders Award at the prestigious Agriculture: The Heart of Victoria gala dinner on Thursday June 28 in Melbourne. The dinner, held by RASV and the Victorian Farmers Federation, highlighted the contribution of agriculture to Victoria.

Watch Jo’s interview at the awards here

This award continues Jo’s association with the Australian show movement. In 2013 she was a Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Rural Achiever. It also follows her recent announcement as the winner of the leadership category at the Victorian Young Achiever Awards.

_2017 Supporting partners Capture