I’m Annlouise O’Brien and I joined the ACFA team as Next Generation Officer as of last week. Part of my role is to work closely with all the young farmer groups throughout the industry. Over the next few months AFCA will be introducing the Next Generation program to all the young cane farmers across the Australian Sugar Industry.
There are many challenges facing young farmers today: The ACFA Next-Gen program is designed to educate the next generation about current and future issues as well as focusing on increasing production and productivity, and understanding the business side of the farm.
This program will allow the opportunity for the young farmers to get together and discuss the farm business as a whole as well as the opportunity to attend different forums, field days and events. The development of farming community relationships is vital to the sugar cane industry and the Next-Gen network will facilitate the sharing of knowledge.The ACFA will be inviting different industry organisations and industry leaders to inform these young farming groups, building the capacity to make the best possible choices for future farming.
My role in this program is to assist Next-Gen participants to develop a bankable plan for the future, monitor their progress, and bring people together to gain and share knowledge through a variety of media and forums.
Looking forward to meeting you all soon!