Farm lobby rivalry barrier to young leaders

28 Nov, 2008 03:20 PM
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Lake Grace farmer Royce Taylor and Grain Pool Lake Grace regional manager Lauren West.
Lake Grace farmer Royce Taylor and Grain Pool Lake Grace regional manager Lauren West.

RIVALRY between WA's two main farm lobby groups has been cited as one of the main reasons young people are not getting involved in the grain industry, a young Lake Grace farmer in a program to create industry leaders says.

In an effort to become more involved in the industry, two young WA delegates were chosen earlier this year for the inaugural Australian Future Grain Leaders Program.

They have begun work on integrated industry projects.

Lake Grace farmer Royce Taylor and Grain Pool's Lake Grace regional manager Lauren West, were chosen as the only WA representatives in the program.

They have travelled to Melbourne to visit industry leaders, tour successful businesses, meet leading entrepreneurs and hear the latest in research.

As part of the program they received communication, media, advocacy and management training.

A second generation farmer in the Lake Grace area, Mr Taylor's project aims to work with existing state grain leaders to identify and implement strategies that will motivate more young people to become involved in the industry.

Ms West has been with Grain Pool for 18 months and her project will be the establishment of a regional grower group.

This involves key research to adopt new technologies, improve sustainable agricultural practices and allow extension projects.

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