Beef industry’s youth embrace opportunities

FACING future challenges and being able to embrace future opportunities is one of the key success factors for any young farmer.

Knowing what the future will provide through enhanced technologies, new genetics and a changing information landscape ensures the next generation have the capacity to succeed.

One organisation assisting to meet this need is the Future Farmers Network (FFN).

FFN is the only national youth agricultural network providing a platform for young farmers and agribusiness professionals to tap into career opportunities, industry information’s, events and forums; and build a strong peer group.

In 2011, FFN became the custodian of the annual Young Beef Producers Forum which is a two day conference focused on providing educational, networking and capacity building opportunities for under-40 year olds with an interest in the beef industry.

Now in its seventh year, the YBPF is of the highest quality, inspiring, engaging and life changing - equipping young beef producers to make a difference in all aspects of their lives, including on-farm, off-farm, family, personal and business related areas.

“This year the YBPF will challenge delegates to view themselves as part of the bigger Australian agricultural landscape through the theme ‘Your Brand. Your Story. Your Industry’,” says FFN Chair, Georgie Aley.

“The Forum, being held in Roma QLD on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November will include presentations on personal brand and image; enterprise case studies; future population trends; key technical aspects of farming; consumer education; social media; and the Carbon Farming Initiative. This year delegates will also undertake a tour of a local beef enterprise.”

Key presenters include Meat and Livestock Australia, the National Farmer’ Federation, Beef Australia, Rabobank and Rangeland Quality Meats.

“A new FFN initiative in 2011 is the inclusion of a fundraising auction as part of the Conference Gala Dinner. All items will be auctioned on the evening with proceeds going towards the Australian Beef Industry Foundation to benefit and advance the interests of Australia’s young beef producers. FFN is proud to facilitate such an event,” Ms Aley said.

The YBPF also provides the opportunity for delegates to continue their Roma experience as a guest of the 2011 Roma Turf Club Races on Saturday 19 November 2011. This is a great opportunity for delegates to network in a relaxing and social atmosphere.

The Young Beef Producers Forum registrations open this week, to register of for more information visit the website www.ybpf.com.au . Several partnership and trade display opportunities are also available by contacting FFN for interested industry organisations.

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