|Nominations are now open for GrainGrowers’ Australian Grain Farm Leaders Program.
The Program is a national leadership opportunity designed specifically for young Australian grain farmers. The program develops young farmers’ leadership skills, knowledge and potential.
Each year up to 10 farmers from across Australia are selected to pursue a small project of their choice and to benefit from leadership mentoring and peer networking.
GrainGrowers General Manager David McKeon said the opportunity was an exciting one.
“The program is a diverse mix of individual, one-on-one and group efforts.
“Participants meet face-to-face at least twice throughout the nine-month program.
Nominees are required to submit a small project they would like to pursue as part of their development.
“In past years projects have focussed on topics such as farm-funding models, succession planning, farmer health and safety and the co-existence of farming and mining.” Mr McKeon said.
Open to farmers under 40 year of age, the AGFLP offers participants the opportunity to:
- Meet other likeminded growers;
- Develop leadership knowledge and skills;
- Gain an insight into the leadership pathways of established leaders and learn from inspiring speakers;
- Develop a mentoring partnership with an industry leader; and
- Set individual goals and implement a plan to achieve these via an on-farm project.
Central Queensland grain grower Luke Bradley is a graduate of the 2016 Australian Grain Farm Leaders program.
Luke said the program challenged him to think outside the box and opened his mind to new opportunities within the industry.
“One of the most worthwhile outputs of the Programs was the opportunity to meet and learn from a group like-minded farmers from across country – with whom I probably wouldn’t have even met otherwise.”
As part of his project, Luke investigated farming systems groups and commenced discussions with farmers from across industries to look at the development of a farming systems group in Central Queensland. During September Luke was also named as a 2017 Nuffield scholar.
“GrainGrowers is proud to be providing opportunities for industry participants to embrace the challenge of leading and driving change in the Australian grains industry,” Mr McKeon said.
“We’re also looking for industry partners to help us develop these young growers into producers who will be our industry’s top performers in the future.
Applications close on Monday 19 December, 2016.
To apply or to find out more visit http://www.graingrowers.com.au/education-events/australian-grain-farm-leaders-program
About the 2016 Australian Grain Farm Leader Program graduates