The 2021 Australian Young Farmer Challenge National Final is set to be delivered in a whole new virtual world tonight, October 21 at 7:30PM (ACST).
This year holds special significance with the organisers of one of WA's biggest one-day agricultural shows excited to welcome visitors back after a one-year of hiatus.
A group of 40 people, all past employees and partners, travelled to Gingin, most by bus from Perth and some under their own steam driving themselves, to long-time Elders clients Locky and Jane McTaggart's Warringah farm.
Finalists' images have been display in the company's foyer on St George's Terrace and outside on an electronic tower.
In a packed room at Optus Stadium, Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan opened the forum, which also had more than 30 guests join virtually.
A government minister, a banker, a global food giant, WA's biggest grain exporter and a graingrower all shared their perspectives on the topic and what they thought the changing marketplace and evolving consumer expectations would mean for the State's graingrowers.
The charity steer fund and awareness raising initiative was started in 2011 by Peter and Judy Milton, Copplestone Charolais stud, Dardanup.
Tracey Kippin is a Wagin branch member of Women in Farming (WIF) and was one of several speakers at the organisation's annual seminar on September 8.
The numbers attending were slightly down on last year however, with 25 past employees and current staff at the venue.