AWB has received an outstanding response from the industry’s future farm leaders, with applications to attend the AWB Young Leaders conference reaching higher than expected numbers.
The conference, which is being held in Melbourne from 23-25 August 2004, was open to all growers under 35 years of age, and applications to attend closed at the end of last week.
Initially, AWB had aimed to have 60 young farmers attend the conference, but due to the high level of interest in the event, is now aiming to increase the number of participants in an effort to extend the opportunity to more potential farm leaders.
The outstanding response means AWB will not be able to notify successful applicants early this week as originally intended. However, those applicants who are successful will be notified as soon as possible.
AWB’s Chairman, Brendan Stewart, said the Young Leaders Conference reflected AWB’s commitment to fostering leadership in the industry, and assisting young growers to take on greater responsibility in their business and communities.
“As Australia’s leading agribusiness, AWB has a keen interest in the future of the grains industry and rural and regional Australia,” Mr Stewart said.
“The response by young members of our industry to this opportunity has been most encouraging, and we believe this Conference will be a great place for these potential leaders to grow their skill base,” Mr Stewart said.
With the theme “Sowing the Seeds of Leadership”, AWB has developed an innovative and interactive program for the conference, which will expose participants to elements of leadership as well as assisting with their personal development.
“The Conference will include a detailed examination of the Australian grains industry, sessions assessing the role of government and the media in rural Australia, skills based workshops and interactive group tasks,” Mr Stewart said.
Young growers seeking more information can check this website.