Ricegrowers looking for future industry leaders
The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) — in collaboration with Rice Extension, AgriFutures Australia, SunRice and the Rice Marketing Board — is seeking the industry’s best and brightest young rice growers to join its innovative industry leadership program.
Applications for the ‘Introduction to the rice industry’ program are now open and close Wednesday, December 5.
It is part of a three-tier leadership pathway funded by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) Leadership in Agricultural Industries Fund.
Rice Extension Officer Troy Mauger said capacity building is an important priority for the industry as it will equip the next generation of leaders with off-farm contacts and skills to complement their farming knowledge.
‘‘We invite young people to get involved in the leadership program and for growers and industry professionals to tap outstanding young growers on the shoulder and encourage them to apply,’’ Mr Mauger said.
‘‘The program enables participants to explore different leadership opportunities in the industry and discover the path that is right for them.’’
RGA leadership coordinator Ainsley Massina said the course would give participants exposure to expert speakers and key
industry leaders to build networks and leadership skills.
Stage one is a four-day interactive residential program focused on industry leadership development in research and development, policy, advocacy and the sustainability of the rice industry. It will be held in Deniliquin from February 18 to 21 next year.
Stage two will see four participants selected to attend a two-day workshop in Canberra to meet with leaders in organisations such as Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, National Farmers’ Federation, National Irrigators’ Council and parliament. They will further develop networking and advocacy skills.
‘‘Young growers will also learn skills such as meeting procedures, advocacy, collaboration, presentation skills, and an introduction to organisational governance and financial management,’’ Ms Massina said.
‘‘This program will engage the next generation of leaders in the challenges and opportunities facing agriculture and the rice industry, and will provide exposure to the various organisations within both their industry and broader agricultural sector.’’
For more details about the ‘Introduction to the rice industry’ program and to apply, visit the education section at www.rga.org.au or contact Ms Massina on [email protected] or 0428 859 214.