MORE than 26 rural regional and state-based youth groups will descend on Canberra to participate in the only national gathering of youth networks in Australia.
An initiative of the Future Farmers Network (FFN), Youth Agricultural Central (YAC) will be held on the 27 – 28 February 2013.
The YAC concept, first held in Melbourne in 2010, aims to provide a forum to develop a collective approach to investing in youth in agriculture and under FFN’s national umbrella provide an avenue for ongoing collaboration and communication amongst these groups.
“YAC is a unique gathering of Australia’s agricultural youth group representatives, attracting over 50 delegates aged under35 years,” said FFN chair Georgie Aley.
”The aim of the forum is to develop a clear strategy and plan for the next generation in agriculture to ensure we are engaged and contributing to the industry issues not only now but preparing to meet the future demands.
"As Australia’s only national youth agricultural network, FFN is proud to host this initiative and take a leadership role in this space” Ms Aley said.
Over the two days, YAC delegates will be identifying the key areas youth in agriculture sees as needing investment, hear from keynote speakers including the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) president Jock Laurie, as well as participate in a number of working sessions to develop ideas on how to develop a collective approach for the future.