Seeking young leaders in the Australian grains industry (Southern Region)

Applications are closing soon 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, more than 15 young leaders from the Southern Region (covering the grain growing regions of NSW and Victoria) have graduated from the program.

Participants have included Cam Parker, a grain farmer at Boort, Victoria, who graduated from the program last year.

During the 12 month program, Cam investigated different pathways for young passionate farm employees to enter the grains industry in their own right.

Since completing the program he has started a hay contracting business and has started a share-farm arrangement.

He has committed to progressing his own leadership in the grains industry and has been elected to the National Policy Group for GrainGrowers, informing the advocacy and direction of the organisation.

“The program have me a fantastic opportunity to look outside my local area and meet a whole range of people from across the industry. The support and resources of GrainGrowers and their connections enabled me to see what could be possible, and what I needed to do to achieve it,” said Cam Parker.

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.

“Grain farmers who wish to develop their leadership skills are invited to apply for the program before the deadline at the end of September," said Dr Southan.

“In addition, we invite grains industry businesses to sponsor promising employees aged 21-40 who show leadership potential and who would benefit from increasing their leadership training and industry knowledge.”

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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