VFF calls on young talent to lead youth ag network

Thursday July 13 2017
THE Young Agribusiness Professionals, the youth group of the Victorian Farmers Federation, is calling on dedicated young people working in agriculture to help shape the group’s policy direction for the next year.

Nominations have now opened for people wanting to serve on the group’s executive for a twelve month term.

YAPs co-ordinator Julia Waite said the experience would give successful applicants an opportunity to develop their policy, management and leadership skills.

“We’re looking for people who are passionate about developing policies that will help advance our agricultural industries, and are keen to help us build strong social and professional networks,” Ms Waite said.

“Victoria is Australia’s largest producer of food and fibre exports, and it is vital that the YAPs group finds representatives who are able to channel their enthusiasm in a way that promotes our state as a national leader in agriculture.

“Youth are the future of agriculture, and it’s important that they are retained in agribusiness, educated and trained appropriately, and stay engaged in the government policies that affect them.”

The YAPs Committee forms one of the seven policy committees within the Victorian Farmers Federation that advises the Policy Council. The Committee is made up of one Chair, a Vice-Chair and six Members and currently focuses on issues affecting young primary producers and agribusiness professionals.

To be considered for a YAPs committee position you must be a financial member of the VFF, either as a YAPs member or as a member of your relevant commodity. You must be aged between 18 and 35.

Guidelines and nomination forms are available on the VFF website and must be returned, along with your current CV, via email to yaps@vff.org.au.

Nominations close on Friday July 28, with the first meeting for successful candidates to be held in the first week of September.

Media Contacts:
Ashley Mackinnon, VFF Public Affairs Officer: 0417 165 784