Nex­tGen of sugar steps up

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

GROW­ERS, millers, and in­no­va­tors of the Aus­tralian sug­ar­cane in­dus­try gath­ered in Mackay this week for the Nex­tGen StepUp Con­fer­ence.

The bi­en­nial con­fer­ence pro­vided the op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to share, learn and ex­plore ideas with a range of in­dus­try stake­hold­ers.

The StepUp con­fer­ence is an ex­ten­sion of the work of the Nex­tGen pro­gram, which is build­ing ca­pac­ity and lead­er­ship in the fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of the Aus­tralian sug­ar­cane in­dus­try.

SRA CEO Neil Fisher said SRA was a proud spon­sor of the StepUp con­fer­ence and the Nex­tGen pro­gram.

“SRA is com­mit­ted to en­hanc­ing ca­pa­bil­ity within the Aus­tralian sug­ar­cane in­dus­try, and we have iden­ti­fied this re­quire­ment within our five-year strate­gic plan,” Mr Fisher said.

“The in­vest­ment in Nex­tGen is a means of de­liv­er­ing sig­nif­i­cant hu­man ca­pa­bil­ity de­vel­op­ment for the in­dus­try. Young farm­ers, re­searchers, and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als are the fu­ture of our in­dus­try.

“Nex­tGen is help­ing our in­dus­try peo­ple be­come fu­ture in­no­va­tors to en­sure a pro­duc­tive, prof­itable, and sus­tain­able fu­ture for the Aus­tralian sug­ar­cane in­dus­try.”

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