TeenAg contest overhauled
The FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest is to undergo a major overhaul.
The TeenAg competition will be rebranded as the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year, more technology will be used in challenges and there will be a bigger emphasis on food.
NZ Young Farmers contest board chairwoman Rebecca Brown said the changes wouldn’t happen overnight, but would give the board a clear direction.
“There will still be a strong practical side to the contest, but our modules and challenges need to utilise technology more.
“In future, contestants might have to use GPS technology to mark out and erect a fence around riparian planting.”
Awards for the highestscoring competitor in five categories are also being scrapped and replaced with ones that assess knowledge across innovation, food, people, environment and technology.
The contest just celebrated its 50th anniversary and is the longest-running agricultural contest in New Zealand.
NZ Young Farmers contest board member Cole Groves said the contest wouldn’t be relevant in another 50 years if changes weren’t implemented now.
“We want to expand the contestants’ knowledge beyond just fencing and identifying different types of fertiliser,” Groves said.
The changes will start at regional finals early next year.