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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 59 Our community comes from across all aspects of the industry from farms to those industry support roles located in our major cities. FFN believes that all of our community members have an important role to play in the future of Australian agriculture. FFN was established in 2002 and provides its members with access to the latest news, events, scholarships, awards and information from across all aspects of the agriculture sector. FFN supports young Australians working in agriculture and agribusiness through continued professional development, advocacy and provision of industry support and broad networks. This year FFN has been busy hosting groundbreaking events in the youth in agriculture space. In July, FFN hosted the Youth Ag Council to tackle the three biggest issues facing young people in agriculture as nominated by FFN’s community. These were: 1. Access to capital and finance 2. Drought 3. Education, skills, training and labour Around 70 delegates from Australian industry, agribusiness and individual enterprises attended the open forum. This provided them with opportunity to communicate their aspirations with respect to agricultural policy to the Federal Government and industry through representation by FFN. Speakers were drawn from both sides of politics, farmer representative bodies, academia, agribusiness and off farm. FFN believes it is time young people in Australian agriculture had their voices heard, when it comes to agricultural policy affecting industry and government. August saw FFN co-host a global event alongside Bayer CropScience. The 2015 Youth Ag Summit. The event attracted 2000 essay submissions resulting in 133 attendees from 37 countries. The four day summit, which took place in Canberra from the 24-29 August 2015 focused on tackling the global issues faced in feeding a hungry planet in 2050. The summit followed three key themes being innovation sustainability and leadership. FFN congratulates the successful Australian delegates and encourages them to make waves in the industry through their new global connections and refined focus on the challenges ahead. In addition, FFN are gearing up for another huge Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma in November. Up to 200 young people from around Australia gather to network, learn and connect with industry leaders on all things beef and agriculture. It’s become the biggest regular event for young people in the sector and proudly supported by a stable of great sponsors. Further information: www.futurefarmers.com.au Future Farmers Network FFN takes a national leadership role in advocating, empowering and providing support to young people working in Australian agriculture.