Nominations open for rising champion

28 May, 2015 02:00 AM
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NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative applications are open.

The Cattle Council of Australia (CCA) is seeking young beef producers and industry representatives for this year's NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion competition.

The initiative, in its fifth year, attracts young beef industry enthusiasts interested in having their say on national policy decisions.

It is aimed at nurturing and encouraging the next generation of advocates for the cattle industry, and is open to producers aged between 21 and 35 years.

"Rising Champions is about providing young people involved in the beef supply chain with the opportunity to have input into issues that will have an impact upon their career and their future," said CCA president Howard Smith.

"Past Rising Champions have benefited from gaining industry contacts and a foot in the door."

Finalists will spend three days in Canberra attending the Catherine Marriott personal development workshop, a parliamentary tour and discussions at the agriculture department.

Finalists will be asked to make a presentation on a topic that has been chosen by the CCA, NAB Agribusiness and their local SFO within areas of trade and market access, the environment, research and development, animal health and welfare and biosecurity.

Last year's Rising Champion Sam Becker said it is important young people took advantage of opportunities within the beef industry.

"This initiative has provided me with some amazing contacts and allowed me to gain skills that I can use throughout my career, " he said.

The person that demonstrates the greatest leadership potential will win the 2015 title, which will be announced at a dinner on August 19 at the National Press Club in Canberra.

The winner will join CCA representatives at the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference in Mexico in October.

They will also be provided with a seat on one of the local CCA committees, get to voice ideas and concerns for youth development and be offered guest speaking roles at functions. Applications close at midnight on June 7.

p Applications are available via the CCA website http://www.cattlecouncil.

com.au/rising-champions.

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