Mone­tary boost for Ag-Teen

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Lind­say Tisch, Na­tional MP for Waikato is de­lighted to hear that TeenAg, an agri­cul­tural youth pro­gramme run by New Zealand Young Farm­ers, will re­ceive $146,000 of sup­port un­der a new part­ner­ship.

TeenAg is a youth pro­gramme aim­ing to pro­mote a pos­i­tive pic­ture of agri­cul­ture.

Tisch says this is a vi­tal in­dus­try in the Mata­mata dis­trict so it’s im­por­tant to raise aware­ness of agri­cul­tural ca­reers from an early age.

‘‘TeenAg con­sists of two core el­e­ments. TeenAg Clubs pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to learn about agri­cul­ture, and de­velop lead­er­ship and broader life skills. TeenAg Com­pe­ti­tions chal­lenge com­peti­tors out­side of their com­fort zones to build char­ac­ter and lead­er­ship ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

‘‘The Gov­ern­ment is con­tribut­ing $50,000 to­wards the pro­gramme, along­side $96,000 cash and in-kind sup­port from part­ners in­clud­ing Red Meat Profit Part­ner­ship, DairyNZ, Lin­coln Uni­ver­sity and North­fu­els/ South­fu­els.

‘‘The fund­ing will en­able and sup­port around 500 more young peo­ple across New Zealand to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gramme.’’

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