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Young farmers invited to get involved

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April 12, 2018

Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford has called for applications for the Young Farmers Advisory Council.

If you’re a young food-bowl farmer interested in having a say on the future of agriculture in the region, you may be in luck.

The Victorian Government is scoping interest in a new advisory council for young farmers across the state.

Chosen representatives will offer advice to the government on program delivery for young farmers and give voice to issues on the land facing the next generation.

The aim is for the council to serve as young ambassadors, helping to shape future support for people working in agriculture and to assist in attracting ‘‘new entrants to the state’s vibrant agriculture sector’’.

Expressions of interest to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council are now open, with Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford announcing applications are being sought from young farmers involved in the food and fibre supply chain.

‘‘Our next generation of farmers are our future,’’ Ms Pulford said.

‘‘We want our leaders of tomorrow to get involved and tell us how we can take Victoria’s $13billion industry to the next level. If you have the skills and dedication to join the Young Farmers Advisory Council and make a difference, I encourage you to put your name forward.’’

The government is on the lookout for ‘‘highly motivated, skilled and dynamic young people,’’ from across the state’s agriculture industries and regions.

Eight members will be chosen, with a balance of representation across gender, industry and region, with the hope for a cross-section of skills including farm management, agribusiness, finance, education, international markets and regional development.

Expressions of interest to join the council close on May 11. For more information, visit www.vic.gov.au/youngfarmers

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