CORBIN Schuster and Rachael Rodney were announced winners of the Global Youth Ag Summit essay competition at the Future Farmers Network’s (FFN) Youth Agricultural Central event in Canberra in February.
From an entry pool of 34 applications, Corbin and Rachael won an expenses paid trip to the Summit which will address issues affecting the agriculture industry today with a key focus on global food security.
“I was completely blown away, there was a lot of competition from the other applicants and I was shocked to hear I was selected,” Corbin said.
“It’s going to be a great experience. I’m hoping to get a better understanding of agriculture outside Australia and see what we can do to help solve global issues,” he said.
Corbin is a sixth generation farmer from Freeling, South Australia and is actively involved in farmer representation via the local Agriculture Bureau.
Bayer CropScience and FFN have partnered to provide the winners the opportunity to participate in the Global Youth Ag Summit to be held in Canada in August.
Rachael, from Camden, NSW, is studying a PhD in Veterinary Science and is a committed member of the Agricultural Show movement.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with agricultural youth from around the globe to develop positive and practical solutions for an issue I’m passionate about,” she said.
Richard Dickmann, head of New Business Development at Bayer CropScience, said, “Bayer has identified a rural skills shortage and is committed to addressing this issue and empowering Australian agricultural youth.
“We’re very proud of Corbin and Rachael’s efforts and look forward to learning the outcome of their experience at the Global Youth Ag Summit.”
FFN chair Georgie Aley said, “FFN is excited to partner with Bayer and is proud to be sending two young Australians to this significant event.”
Countries to attend the Summit along with Australia include Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the USA.
The Youth Ag Summit is hosted by rural youth organisation 4-H Canada, and runs from August 19 to 25 in Calgary, Canada. For more information visit www.youthagsummit.com.