Shining a light on rural youth
Rural Ambassador looking to help give young producers a voice
BEING the Monto Show Rural Ambassador this year is much more than just a chance to dress up for Janelle Burnham: she wants to help shine a light on the challenges faced by rural youth.
After participating in WIRED, an initiative for “passionate and innovative” farmers at the RMWilliams Centre last year, Mrs Burnham looked at the show as another opportunity to give young producers a voice.
“I guess a main concern is keeping young people in agricultural industries. So many are drawn to mining these days,” she said.
“It’s very much an aging population when it comes to farming out here, and that is why it is more important than ever for young people to promote and be involved in the rural industry, to have a voice.
“But (the land) is a very rewarding place. It’s so easy to see your successes.
“I’m a townie, I was dragged into it. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Mrs Burnham now lives on a cattle property Glenleigh, south of Monto, with her husband Lance and two children Prue and Max.
“I love seeing the prime and stud cattle at the show, because of where I live, but I also really love the cooking section,” she said.
“I’m entering in the dark rich fruit cake section this year. I entered and made it to sub-chambers last year and now I’m hooked.
“I don’t think I’ve found the secret yet though.
“It’s just good to get little tips from all the ladies that really know what they are doing.”
A dinner at Café Delicious this Saturday will be a great chance for the public to meet Mrs Burnham.
“I’m really looking forward to meeting more people and promoting Monto,” she said.
Janelle Burnham: I guess a main concern is keeping young people in agricultural industries.
YOUTH FOCUS: Janelle Burnham is using her role as the Monto Show Rural Ambassador to highlight challenges faced by rural youth.