Leading agribusiness company Landmark is embarking on its single biggest corporate partnership through a major investment in the national, not-for-profit organisation, Future Farmers Network (FFN).
The partnership will assist the FFN, Australia’s only national network for young people in rural industries, in providing its members with career mapping opportunities, travel bursaries and in conducting industry networking events.
Landmark Managing Director Richard Norton said building the networks and capabilities of young farmers was essential to the future of Australian agriculture.
“Young people are the future of agriculture, at every level, whether they choose to operate farms, work in service businesses, work in research or whatever path they take,” Mr Norton said.
“Young people also have the greatest interest in sustainable farming and lifting productivity across the industry, because they will get the greatest benefit from making progress in these areas.”
He said partnering with FFN, whose mission is to prepare young people in rural industries for future challenges, fits with Landmark’s own priorities and commitment to rural areas. “Landmark seeks to provide young people with opportunities to participate in personal and professional skills development in agriculture. We also understand rural life, because the vast majority of people at Landmark live and work in rural Australia.
“The opportunity to support and contribute to developing the next rural generation must be a core focus, so by partnering with FFN, Landmark links with a group of energetic and committed people who will be instrumental in the future of our industry,” Mr Norton said.
FFN Chair Georgie Aley said: “FFN has been in operation since 2002 and 2012 sees us celebrating our 10-year anniversary, which coincides with the announcement of our corporate partnership with Landmark.
“We see the future of agriculture as an integrated industry which supports and understands not only issues impacting on farm, but issues impacting triple bottom line outcomes across the broader agricultural supply chain.
“The acknowledgment by Landmark of the contribution FFN makes to supporting rural youth is very inspiring. FFN has the capacity to inform, educate, engage and connect agriculture’s future and our Landmark Corporate Partnership will go far to assist us in achieving these objectives,” Ms Aley said.
For more information about the Future Farmers Network, go to www.futurefarmers.com.au