Young farmers unite for border tour

Young farmers from across Victoria and NSW will unite for a two day event that will showcase excellence in agriculture.

The Victorian Farmers Federation’s youth arm – the Young Agribusiness Professionals (YAPs) – has teamed up with NSW Young Farmers (NSWYF) to organise a Border Tour, giving young agriculture enthusiasts a chance to explore the industry.

“This is a huge networking opportunity for people with a passion for agriculture, and an opportunity for hands-on learning that could shape someone’s future career path,” YAPs chairperson Sam Trethewey said.

“We’re offering informal skill and training development, and the chance to experience farm practices that could change the way you think about farming.”

The Border Tour will see 48 delegates aged 18-35 travel along the Victoria-NSW border, taking in the towns of Corowa, Echuca, Barham and Deniliquin.

“We’re expecting to attract a range of young people from varied backgrounds; the only criterion is they should be enthusiastic about agriculture,” Mr Trethewey said.

The Border Tour was hosted for the first time last year and proved a great success with 30 young people joining YAPs and NSWYF on a journey across the livestock industry, visiting enterprises such as Rennylea Angus and Beechworth Honey.

“We were very encouraged by the turnout for last year’s trip, so this time we have raised the bar to get more people involved,” Mr Trethewey said.

“The people most likely to put their hands up for the Border Tour will be the next generation of food and fibre producers, and we want them to see firsthand how rewarding a career in our industry can be.”

The Border Tour will include visits to leading integrated agri-food company Riverlea, Lake Moodemere Estate winery, Kagome – Australia’s largest tomato processing company, Barham Avocadoes and Deni Mill – SunRice’s most sophisticated rice milling and packing facility.

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