Young leaders sought in Australian grains industry - Northern Region

Applications are now open for the 2018 Australian Grain Leaders Program.

This highly successful program has been run by GrainGrowers for the past 10 years to support the development of emerging grain industry leaders.

To date, 12 young leaders from the Northern Region (covering the grain growing regions of northern New South Wales and Queensland) have graduated from the program.

Participants have included Luke Bradley, a grain farmer at Springsure, Queensland, who graduated from the program last year.

During the 12 month program, Luke investigated farming systems groups and commenced discussions with farmers from across industries to look at the development of a farming systems group in central Queensland.

He has committed to progressing his own leadership in the grains industry and was named a 2017 Nuffield scholar. This year Luke has travelled to some of the world’s best farming enterprises with the aim of reigniting Australian leadership in precision agriculture.

For the first time in many years, GrainGrowers is offering the 2018 program to the full grains industry, not just exclusively to farmers.

“The Australian Grain Leaders Program is the pivotal program for grain industry leadership development in Australia, driving excellence in our own industry,” said GrainGrowers’ CEO, Dr Michael Southan.

“The program aims to develop the personal and professional leadership skills and knowledge of emerging young leaders in the grains industry, widening their horizons and increasing their understanding of the broader issues in the industry.

“We have widened the intake for next year’s program with the intention of attracting a mix of farmers, executives and workers from across all sectors of the industry to build greater rapport and understanding of how the industry’s different sectors can work cooperatively together to build stronger outcomes for all,” he said.

The 2018 AGLP is open for up to 10 emerging leaders in the grains industry and is best suited to people committed to the future of the Australian grains industry, who are:

  1. Aged between 21 and 40 years and Australian citizens
  2. Actively involved in the grain industry or planning to take up grain production
  3. Keen to enhance Australia’s grains industry leadership, and
  4. Keen to develop personal and professional leadership knowledge and skills.

AGLP has been developed by GrainGrowers in association with RuralScope, a leading provider of leadership programs, coaching and capability building solutions in Australia’s rural and agricultural sectors.

Each participant selects a project they wish to work on for the duration of the program which will benefit their own enterprise and/or the grains industry as a whole.

The 12-month program features three face to face group gatherings and multiple individualised one on one phone sessions. It is based on an integrated model of modern leadership theory, skills development, enterprise and industry engagement, and application. The facilitator will guide the progress of the individual’s project and mentor individuals on their leadership journey throughout the program.

Growers who would like to participate or nominate a potential leader aged between 21 and 40 to represent the Northern Region, should apply before Friday, 29 September.

Further information on the program and nomination forms can be downloaded from the GrainGrowers website: www.graingrowers.com.au/education-events/australian-grain-farm-leaders-program. Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 29 September 2017.

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