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Beyond the Bale : March 2014
ON-FARM 47 March 2014 BEYOND THE BALE 2012 YOUNG FARMING CHAMPION: SAMMI TOWNSEND Sammi Townsend from Lyndhurst in Central West NSW became a Young Farming Champion in 2012 representing the wool industry. She is currently studying Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University in Orange, and is passionate about encouraging young people to explore careers in agriculture. "As a Young Farming Champion I have been able to head into schools and tell the story of one of Australia's oldest and greatest industries: wool," Sammi proudly says. "From the Art4Agriculture program, I've learnt interview techniques, a number of media skills, and vocal coaching. Taking on this role helped give me a lot of confidence and it has also broadened my knowledge about my own industry. "I have found that being a Young Farming Champion has also helped me at University. I was elected President of the Are you a young woolgrower or following a career pathway in wool and love what you do? Are you interested in learning how to inspire other young people to enter the wool industry? Expressions of interest are still open to become a 2014 Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion -- a program supported by AWI and organisations in other sectors of the Australian farming industry. The program aims to create an Australia-wide network of enthusiastic young professionals to promote Australian agriculture as a dynamic, innovative, rewarding and vibrant industry. As a Young Farming Champion sponsored by AWI, you would actively engage with school students, spreading your passion for wool, bridging the rural-urban divide, and inspiring the next generation of world class Australian farmers. As a Young Farming Champion you would become equipped with unique insights into all aspects of the agricultural supply chain as well as consumer attitudes and trends. You would then be able to feed this knowledge back to your peers to help them respond to emerging issues as well as assist others to also develop meaningful relationships with urban consumers. Young Farming Champions are selected by their industry body to be ambassadors for that sector of farming. Ag Club at Uni and it is a role I never would have had the confidence to take on without the opportunities I have been given through Art4Agriculture. "I have been privileged as a young wool ambassador with AWI and Art4Agriculture and most certainly have been able to broaden my networks and establish many connections beyond my own agricultural community thanks to their support." As a Young Farming Champion, Sammi also had the opportunity to meet HRH The Prince of Wales at the Campaign for Wool's "Farm to Fashion" event held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, during the Prince's visit to Australia in November 2012. "Not only did I shake hands with the Prince, but I also took great pleasure in chatting to him about what the Art4Agriculture program is about. It was a wonderful opportunity to sum up our key messages and inform him of the great things happening in our industry at the moment." FAST FACTS l Applications are open to young Australians for selection as Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry. l Young Farming Champions share their passion for agriculture with urban students and show there is a bright and prosperous future in the industry. l Sammi Townsend was selected as a Young Farming Champion in 2012 with sponsorship from AWI, and she has been encouraging young people to explore careers in the wool industry. GOT PASSION? WE WANT YOU! More information: www.art4agriculture. com.au/yfc, Lynne Strong, lynnestrong@ art4agriculture.com.au, 0407 740 446 Young Farming Champion Sammi Townsend has a broad interest in woolgrowing -- here she is on a farmer's property in Inner Mongolia in July during an agricultural study tour with her university course.