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Christmas cheer and a happy new year

A new name, new location, new team and new strategic direction – 2017 has been a huge year for AgriFutures Australia.

As we reflect on our achievements from the last 12 months, planning is well underway for 2018.
Our new Board of Directors met for the first time in December, a number of industry Advisory Panel meetings have wrapped up just in time for Christmas, we’re in the thick of the 2018 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award judging, and are looking forward to delivering on your feedback from the AgriFutures Australia Stakeholder Forum in the year to come.

Keep an eye on our social channels are we share our 2017 highlights, in the meantime, from the team at AgriFutures Australia, we wish you a very merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

See you in 2018.

 
Latest news and events
Diversity in decision-making in rural industries
Compared with other sectors of the Australian economy, primary industries have low levels of diversity within their decision-making ranks. It’s no wonder the traditional image of a farmer entrenched in the Australian psyche is that of an older, white male, when the statistics show that 72% of Australian farmers are in fact men (2011 ABS Census figures).

It’s an image we need to reverse if we are to portray agriculture as a vibrant, innovative and diverse sector. Our latest report focuses on the opportunities and benefits of engaging with a diverse range of decision-makers within a business.
 
Pearls of wisdom from an AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholar

Thanks to the AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, university student Jack Scifleet has secured early acceptance to the ANZ Agribusiness Graduate Program. Learn about Jack’s experiences and how he made the most of his Horizon Scholarship during his time at university.

Are you our next rural leader? The 2018 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship applications open Monday, 8 January 2018. Keep an eye out on our website for more details.

Farm Table collaboration connecting farmers
Last month AgriFutures Australia Managing Director John Harvey and Research & Innovation Program Manager, Jennifer Medway, joined the Farm Table launch – the new online sidekick for Australian farmers. We’re proud to be a founding partner of the Farm Table, it’s just one way we are supporting emerging leaders in agriculture and building the capacity of farmers across the country. Watch the launch video to learn more about the new online ecosystem and hear from industry experts as they share their insights on topics such as succession planning, being investment ready and understanding risk in agriculture.
 
Country to Canberra ‘Power Trip’ inspires future female leaders

From primary school to Prime Minister, how can we create strong pathways to power for women? This was the leading question for senior rural high school students vying for the Country to Canberra ‘Power Trip’, where winners experienced four days of personal and professional development in the nation’s capital in December 2017.

Meet the AgriFutures Australia sponsored students and hear about their take-home lessons from the Power Trip.