Dustin Kemp is on council to represent young farmers
ROCHESTER’S Dustin Kemp is one of four new members selected for the Young Farmers Advisory Council.
Forming part of a multi-talented group of young agricultural leaders, Dustin will be one of eight members advising government on proposals and issues facing young farmers.
“We had a meeting on August 22 to get our bearings and see how it’s going to work. There are a range of recommendations from past advisory councils and so we’ll be working with the department as they implement some of those,” Dustin said.
“Right now, there are no specific tasks we’ll be heading into but we did discuss the impending drought.”
The council includes regionally-diverse representatives with a wide range of skills and expertise as leaders in the livestock and horticulture industries, community advocacy, workforce development and wellbeing.
The three other members selected are Purnim’s Sarah McLean, Mildura’s Jennifer Zappia and Strathbogie’s Alastair Tame.
Two returning members of the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council — Sarah Thompson and Tom McGrath — have been reappointed to the council. They will be joined by Pete Burgess from the Young Agribusiness Professionals and Jess Pilgrim from the Victorian Young Farmers Network.
The council will provide advice to the State Government on issues affecting young farmers and delivery of programs to support young people in agriculture.
“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to represent young farmers in the dairy industry and in this region,” Dustin said.
“It’ll be good to hear from council members who may have similar opinions but from a broad range of experiences.”
Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said the State Government was proud to work alongside the next generation of farmers to set policy and provide advice direct to government.
“The advice provided by the Young Farmers Advisory Council will help ensure we continue to have effective programs and initiatives to support young farmers,” Ms Pulford said.
“I congratulate all members of the Young Farmers Advisory Council and look forward to working with them.”