Dustin Kemp is on coun­cil to rep­re­sent young farm­ers

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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.”

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