Young Farmer ContestWednesday, Dec 6, 2000
The broadening of the concept of the Young Farmer Contest to include a greater cross section of young
rural people is an excellent move. While it is seldom that sponsors see past the immediate marketing
requirements Wrightson and AGMARDT are to be congratulated on seeing the broader vision.
There have always been that small group of dedicated career staff who had a vision and love of farming
but farm employment has for too long been seen by a floating work force as the last resort occupation
until something better came along.
Today’s formal training structures and recognised qualification standards have moved farm employee
training away from the informal on job training and casual associations from membership of YFC
Clubs of old.
The Young Farmer Contest now has the opportunity to improve the image and demonstrate the desirability
of farming as a career to a wide audience. Audiences who have been fed a diet of Fred Dagg, Mainland
Cheese and Toyota rural images that have no relevance to reality of todays career farmer.
Encourage your staff to participate.