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Young Farming Champion Program

The Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion program, co-sponsored by AWI, is helping break the stereotypes of the conventional Australian farmer, and bridge the divide between city and regional areas.

The initiative is a program developed by Art4Agriculture - a network of young people who share a passion about teaching others the pivotal role Australian farmers play in feeding and clothing the world.

The program provides a great platform to spark the next generation's interest in an agricultural career. Young Farming Champions go to events and schools participating in another Art4Agriculture program - the Archibull Prize - to engage with the students and the public, share stories and improve understanding about farmers and farming. The program also helps build the capability of young rural people to farm with resilience and confidence.

The Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry are:

2017 Young Farming Champions
Katherine Bain, Stockyard Hill, Vic
Lucy Collingridge, Cootamundra, NSW
Caitlin Heppner, the Barossa, SA
Deanna Johnston, Naradhan, NSW
Hamish McGrath, Marra Creek, NSW
Samantha Wan, Melbourne, Vic

Read more about the 2017 Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry in the September 2017 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

2016 Young Farming Champions
Chloe Dutschke from Belton, SA
Max Edwards, Wellington, NSW

Read more about Chloe Dutschke in the September 2016 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

Read more about Max Edwards in the December 2016 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

2015 Young Farming Champions
Dione Howard from Lockhart, NSW

Read more about Diane Howard in the December 2015 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

2014 Young Farming Champions
Peta Bradley from near Armatree, NSW
Emma Turner from south of Ivanhoe, NSW
Tom Tourle from Dubbo, NSW
Pat Morgan from Colbinabbin, Victoria

Read more about the 2014 Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry in the June 2014 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

2013 Young Farming Champions
Jo Newton originally from Melbourne but studying in Armidale, NSW
Bessie Blore from Burragan in far west NSW
Adele Offley from Crookwell, NSW
Cassie Baile from Bendemeer, NSW

Read more about Bessie Thomas (Blore) in the December 2015 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

Read more about the 2013 Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry in the September 2013 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

2012 Young Farming Champions
Lauren Crothers from Dirranbandi, Queensland
Kathleen Allan from Yass, NSW
Sammi Townsend from Lyndhurst, NSW
Stephanie Grills from Armidale, NSW

Read more about Sammi Townsend in the March 2014 edition of AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

Read more about the 2012 Young Farming Champions representing the wool industry in the September 2012 edition AWI's Beyond the Bale magazine.

For more information about the program and the wool industry's Young Farming Champions, visit www.art4agriculture.com.au/yfc or contact Lynne Strong at lynnestrong@art4agriculture.com.au or on 0407 740 446.