A TEAM of enthusiastic young growers from across Australia has started their journey with the Australian Grain Farm Leader Program (AGFLP) via a series of meetings with industry and political leaders in Canberra and farm visits across the Riverina region.
“The Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program would be a tremendous personal development opportunity, and importantly an excellent platform for discussion of important ideas around grain production.”
Oscar Pearse – Moree, NSW
The AGFLP sees the applicants develop their leadership skills, knowledge and provides an opportunity to pursue an on‐farm or industry project of their choice.
GrainGrowers general manager of policy and innovation, David McKeon, said GrainGrowers was proud to be providing opportunities for participants to embrace the challenge of leading and driving change in the Australian grains industry.
The AGFLP participants were led by Program Facilitator, Jo Eady of RuralScope, and during this part of the program they explored communication styles and leadership models.
“Right from the start of the course, participants not only learnt about some of the theory behind leadership, but were able to meet with and learn from some of Australia’s most prominent industry leaders and farm innovators,” she said.
“The group traversed from the corridors of Parliament House to the productive paddocks of some of most innovative farm businesses in Australia.”
Many past graduates have gone onto take up leadership roles within the grains sector including with farming systems groups, local community groups, GRDC Panels, Nuffield Scholarships, and GrainGrowers National Policy Group and Board.
“Looking at the participants this year, we can only imagine where their leadership journey may take them into the future,” Mr McKeon said.
GrainGrowers are seeking potential applicants for the program for 2018. If you want to be part of the program or would like to nominate someone for the program please contact GrainGrowers on 1800 620 519 or [email protected]
THE 2017 Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program participants were asked what motivated them to apply:
“I applied to be able to further my knowledge and understanding of business leadership within the Agricultural industry.”
Callum Wesley – Southern Cross, WA
“My aim is this program will help me to grow the confidence necessary to continue my career trajectory within the industry.”
Darcy Gorman – Melbourne, Vic
“I’m ready to interact with other like-minded growers to explore opportunities and fine tune my involvement within our own business and what I can give back to my own local grower group and beyond.”
Jasmyn Allen – Yuna, WA
“I hope that my involvement in this program will ultimately make a difference for everyone associated within the grain regions, and help to lead positive change with industry based projects.”
Jordan Anderson – Theodore, Qld
“I applied for the Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program to help improve and further my career in the agriculture industry.”
Matt Rigby – Kojonup, WA
“I applied for the Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program because I want to further my leadership knowledge and skills so that I can learn more about and share information with others about soil health.”
Robert Allen – Temora, NSW
“I think being self-employed, you run the risk of getting comfortable with your own knowledge and routine. I want to push myself to develop my leadership skills, knowledge and network with people who are good at what they do. My aim is to effectively participate in increasing grain yileds in Tasmania.”
Rob Terry – Dairy Plains, Tas