Opportunities for our future farmers
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Opportunities for our future farmers 

Our new crop of young farmers is on the rise. They want to use their unique skills and experiences to generate ideas and solutions that could lead to both commercial success and boost farm productivity. These emerging agricultural leaders need the right networks and the right support to nourish their passion and drive. 

As part of our commitment to celebrating the diversity of thought and support for agriculture’s emerging leaders, we have launched the
evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program. We'll be on the search for 10 Australian and New Zealand emerging thought leaders to attend evokeAG in 2019. 

We also support our emerging leaders through the Gary Sansom Scholarship
, Ignite Network, Horizon Scholarship, Rural Women's Award and other programs - all working towards our goal to support the people driving the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and regional communities.

Young farmers are reinvigorating Australian agriculture and they will be the ones who'll tackle predictions of a global food shortage, more severe climates and a greater demand for food traceability. They will need to adopt new ideas, identify new innovations, embrace new technologies and champion new ways of thinking at a faster rate. Wherever we can, we need to bring these bright agricultural sparks together to expedite innovative solutions for our rural industries. 

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evokeAG Future Young Leaders applications open
The evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program will identify 10 emerging thought leaders within the agriculture and food industries in Australia and New Zealand to attend our inaugural international agrifood technology event, evokeAG on 19-20 February 2019 in Melbourne.

Successful applicants will present their key passion and/or research relating to one of the event themes – food, farm or future – to an international audience.

Applicants are required to create a short video on: ‘Why should you be selected as a voice of the future at evokeAG?’
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An “eye opening” industry placement in PNG for Horizon Scholar Renae Bice
Palm oil, sugar cane, coffee, tea, beef and a crocodile farm tour – all this and more in just two weeks for Horizon Scholar Renae Bice.

The 19 year-old from Bodalla NSW, has recently returned from Papua New Guinea as part of her industry work placement for the Horizon Scholarship. Scholars are encouraged to broaden their horizons and take on industry placements that expose them to new career paths and opportunities. 
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Pitch your agricultural problems or ideas at evokeAG Pitch Tent 
We are on the search for farmers, entrepreneurs and successful businesses to apply for the inaugural evokeAG Pitch Tent. Applications close 28 September, so don’t miss out.

Pitch Tent is a platform for startups to present their vision and strategy to an international audience, and importantly, for producers to present their problems (and hopefully get a solution at our event). Finalist pitches will take place in front of an international audience at our evokeAG event in Melbourne in February. Winners will share in a total prize pool of $35,000 plus in-kind prizes.
Applications open for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award
Emerging female leaders who want to create impact, innovate and make a difference to rural and regional Australia are encouraged to apply for the 2019 AgriFutures™ Rural Women’s Award.

Location is also no barrier – applicants can live in rural and regional Australia, or in the city – applications will be measured on the impact and benefits to rural and regional Australia. Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary, to bring their idea or project to life