2018 Australian Grain Leaders Program students graduate at GrainGrowers’ 60th Anniversary dinner

It may not have featured THAT COUPLE, but the graduation of 11 passionate young farmers and agribusiness people from across Australia in Dubbo this week was still a RIGHT ROYAL OCCASION.

Dinner guests at GrainGrowers’ 60th Anniversary Gala Dinner held at the Lazy River Estate were enthralled by the sampling of stories presented by the young people to describe their leadership journeys this year.

GrainGrowers’ CEO David McKeon said the participants’ positivity and energy about what they had learned and what they planned to do in their own businesses as a result in the future was inspiring to listen to.

“Among the messages presented during the evening was the importance of knowing your values and having the courage to back yourself. It is gratifying to think that the AGLP is able to equip our young farmers and agribusiness people with the necessary tools to make this possible.

“Several participants have indicated they will go on to advance themselves further with more leadership studies and are already actively putting themselves forward for industry leadership positions,” Mr McKeon said.

“It is also gratifying to see how much they have matured in the year in building their networks and in being able to speak confidently to a large group of people.”

This year’s program featured both agribusiness personnel as well as farmers and the students said that it was a valuable experience to be on the program together and to learn each other’s perspectives on issues.

The AGLP is run with the guidance of Facilitator, RuralScope’s Jo Eady. It integrates personal skill development, industry engagement and project work and has created an alumni of proven individuals for the future leadership of the Australian grains industry.

Western Region

Nick Panizza, from Williams, WA has constructed a template to undertake an in-depth analysis of on farm constraints to identify ways to improve business management. Nick says the program has been a great opportunity for him to get outside his own farm business and broaden his thinking.

“A key take-out from the program has been that I’m now devoting more time to working on my business, rather than in the business,” said Nick.

Southern Region

Veronica Terry, from Dairy Plains, TAS has been conducting research into superannuation investment in agriculture. Veronica has met with chief investment officers in the top four largest superannuation funds in Australia, leading economists and agricultural industry players.

Since participating in the program, Veronica is considering extending her experience in corporate agriculture, based on her positive experience.

“I believe that there are many opportunities for family farms, such as ours, to connect with corporate agriculture and strengthen their financial and environmental returns in the process. The program has given me the opportunity to network with various other professionals in the agricultural industry,” said Veronica.

Northern Region

Henry Moxham, from Coonamble, NSW is focused on creating an agricultural asset management business and learning how to attract off farm investors. So far, he has established a template for investment in agricultural asset management and is working on how to present an investment pitch.

“I’ve really enjoyed meeting a diverse group of growers and advisors in the program and learning from their experiences. I’ve gained personal and professional development through AGLP and Jo Eady, the Program Facilitator has been a great mentor,” said Henry.

The Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) is a national leadership program designed specifically for young Australian emerging leaders in the grains industry. The program has been running for ten years and over that time, up and coming participants have come through the program and now hold senior leadership positions across the Australian grains industry.