The Victorian Government has appointed young agri-business professionals to lead the
development of initiatives to attract and retain young people in agriculture.
The Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council will advise Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford on the critical factors for young people in agriculture and on opportunities for attracting youth to the food and fibre sector.
To extend the ideas and suggestions for the advisory council to consider, a series of online forums will run over the next two years on topics relating to the big issues for young people in agriculture.
The advisory council members have already provided some of their thoughts on this topic to get the conversation started at www.oursay.org
The Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council members are:
· Caitlin Scholfield, chair –Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation, business manager, Geelong.
· Andrew Bulmer, deputy chair – horticulture business managing director, Calulu.
· Skye Vermaas – Victorian Young Farmers representative, Newlyn.
· Will Ryan – Young Agribusiness Professionals representative, Dumbalk.
· Prue Milgate – sheep meat/wool and mixed grains business farm manager, Salisbury West.
· Thomas McGrath – mixed meat and wool/cropping farmer, Murtoa.
· James Terry –integrated grower, packer and exporter asparagus business director, Koo Wee Rup.
· Sarah Thompson – Murray Dairy engagement and workforce development officer, Kialla.
· Leila Sweeney-McDougall – farmer and secondary school teacher, Tatyoon.
· Maida Anderson –Baw Baw Shire communications officer, Warragul.
· Ashlee Hammond – UDV project and policy officer, Melbourne.