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Beyond the Bale : June 2014
51 June 2014 BEYOND THE BALE ON-FARM Champions supporting wool EMMA TURNER Sixth generation wool producer Emma Turner grew up on her family's 100,000 acre Merino sheep station 100km south of Ivanhoe, western NSW. Emma says she feels strongly connected and passionate towards agriculture, underpinned by her family connection. Agriculture has always been part of her life, with many life lessons being learnt from it. "I believe it is important for the agriculture sector to build relationships with the community to expand knowledge and understanding of the modern day farmer and what motivates him or her. It is important the wider community is able to understand the sacrifices and hardships that Australian farmers make every day. "My favourite quotation about agricultural is simple: 'My grandfather used to say that once in your life you need a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman and a preacher, but every day, three times a day, you need a farmer.' [Brenda Schoepp] "I believe this simple fact is overlooked in today's modern society. I believe the long term future of the Australian agriculture sector relies on farmers and the community working together. Fresh ideas and innovative solutions are needed to start building these partnerships and I am doing what I have always done, and that is putting my hand up to be on the team." Emma will be studying a Bachelor of Agriculture Science next year: "My dream is to study genetics and the role it could play in breeding a hardier, more drought resistant Merino," Emma says. PAT MORGAN 20year old Pat Morgan is a fifth generation sheep and cropping farmer, and professional wool classer. But for now he is focussed on completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. "The degree is a wonderful opportunity to have access to a diverse array of experts in agriculture and agribusiness," Pat says. "To say that I am thoroughly enjoying this course and the university would be an understatement, and I can't wait to put all of it into practice in the near future." Patrick also grabs every opportunity to travel home to Colbinabbin in northern Victoria, to help his grandfather, father and five brothers run the family farm. On the sheep side of their business, they run 3000 head of Merino ewes, wethers and prime lambs. "For me, a career in agriculture is the ultimate goal. To plant a seed and watch it grow and be harvested to feed many; to nurture a new born lamb and gather its wool to clothe others; to have the opportunity to share my story and showcase how good our agriculture sector is -- I believe it's a career and a goal second to none. "If the rest of the farming community is anything like me, they take a great deal of satisfaction from succeeding in this occupation." More information: www.art4agriculture.com.au/yfc, http://art4agriculturechat.wordpress.com, Lynne Strong, email@example.com, 0407 740 446 "I AM PROUD TO BE PART OF THESE YOUNG PRODUCERS AND RESEARCHERS THAT MUST LOOK INTO THE FUTURE, EDUCATE OTHERS AND IMPLEMENT CUTTING EDGE SCIENTIFIC METHODS IN COMBINATION WITH THE TRADITIONAL VALUES UPON WHICH THE AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURAL INDUSTRY IS BUILT" PETA BRADLEY