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It’s been a convergence of circumstances – new location in Wagga Wagga NSW, new Chair, new Managing Director and new team – that has given us new insights and presented new possibilities for how we deliver value to Australia’s rural industries.

AgriFutures Australia represents many months of research and discussion with stakeholders and it is a name that reflects a significant change within our organisation. We’re looking ahead and are firmly focused on our goal – to grow the long-term prosperity of rural industries and communities through research, innovation, and developing human capacity and leadership.

Latest News and Events
Full house celebrates Rural Women's Award

After celebrating the most successful Rural Women’s Award Gala Dinner and National Announcement earlier this month, the bar has now been raised and the criteria expanded to engage and support women creating impact for rural industries, regional and rural communities and business all across Australia.

Just short of 500 politicians, industry leaders and participants gathered at Parliament House earlier this month to see Western Australia’s Tanya Dupagne take out the coveted National award ahead of South Australia’s Simone Kain who was announced as Runner Up.

First ever second generation participant

When AgriFutures Australia sponsored the youngest recipient of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) Course 24 we knew there was a trailblazer in the making.

Rebecca Milliken, 29, was chosen along with 32 others from more than 350 applicants to participate in the iconic 15-month program, which takes place over five sessions across Australia and Indonesia.

The program traditionally selects people in their 30s to 50s, however Bec represents our focus on emerging leaders and demonstrates the leadership qualities we are hoping to foster in young people across Australian agriculture.

Exciting opportunities "ag-tech"

Driverless tractors, mobile rainmakers, drones and a seed-drill, which can fold from 24 metres wide to 5.4 metres in less than five minutes – welcome to the future of agriculture!

The industry has been spoilt for ag-tech demonstrations in New South Wales over the past two months with Gunnedah’s AgQuip and the Henty Machinery Field Days (HMFD).

Both promoted the latest in technology and innovation, machinery and farm equipment, outdoors and camping products, farm produce, agronomy, country lifestyle, government and health services, agribusiness and finance services.

Conversation starter: Transformation and change

Thirty-seven Horizon scholars gathered at Lake Hume Resort for the annual Horizon Scholarship workshop in July this year. The students ranged from first to final year in their university studies, all of whom are studying agriculture-related degrees. They came from as far afield as Perth, Sunday Creek Station (300km south of Katherine) and Takone in Tasmania.

The theme of the workshop was Transformation and Change, with a secondary focus on leadership and personal development. The workshop included panel discussions from agricultural professionals, inspiring speakers, field trips, media training and public speaking opportunities.