Grains industry goes for youth appeal

26 Sep, 2008 09:04 AM
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Anna Butcher
Anna Butcher

The GRDC is on a campaign to attract more young people to the grains industry, because they are likely to be better educated and equipped to cope with climate change and challenging economic times.

Anna Butcher, GRDC Western Region Panel member, says one of the major challenges for agriculture in general and the grains industry in particular, is to attract and retain young people.

"To better cope with the economic, social and environmental challenges the industry needs young people," she said.

"Younger farmers are more likely to be better educated and better equipped to adapt to change and adopt better, more sustainable farming and management practices.

"They will be the innovators and risk takers of tomorrow and, with an ageing workforce, we must ask who will be the food producers in a decade’s time."

Mrs Butcher is a partner in a mixed farming property at Brookton, producing grain, export hay and sheep for meat and wool.

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