Rice­grow­ers look­ing for fu­ture in­dus­try lead­ers

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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.

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