Monthly Archives October 2017

26th October 2017

From 9-13 October 2017, three FFN members – Sam Coggins; Chris Young; and, Yang-Ming Goh – headed over to Brussels, Belgium to participate in the Youth Ag Summit, which is hosted by our long standing partner, Bayer. Sam, Chris and Yang-Ming were the successful entrants to the essay competition that many of you will remember entering or hearing about at the end of 2016. They had their work cut out for them when they got to Brussels I can assure you! Accompanied by Lachlan Bird from Bayer, Bridgette Byrne who is a YAS Alumni and myself as mentors, they had a full on week brainstorming and planning for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The Summit was full of inspiring and realistic speakers talking on a whole range of topics related to agriculture across the globe, from succession to bee fertility, business planning to pasture productivity, world hunger to gender equality – and everything in between. In between the speakers, delegates were broken into working groups to tackle dedicated challenges…seeing cultures and backgrounds from across the world come together to discuss these things from their own perspectives is something to behold.

The biggest take away message for me personally is that we, here in Australia, are but one player in a global game, and it highlighted to me how insular we can become by not thinking broadly – both outside the box for our own businesses, but also by thinking outside the borders for what is impacting our markets, supplies, global farming colleagues and everything else that contributes to making our industry successful, and that will be ever as important to build it going forward.

This is a very short snapshot to give you all an update, we will hear from the other guys soon on some of their experiences through the social media channels and perhaps a ‘G’day you got a minute?’ or two! I feel extremely honoured and lucky to have gone on this trip with our delegates and must thank Bayer once again for being the fantastic partner they are with Future Farmers Network, and congratulate them on another fantastic YAS.

Get your thinking caps on because the essay competition will be here before we know it for the next Youth Ag Summit in Brazil!




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Dear Members,

The Future Farmers Network Annual General Meeting will be held in Roma, QLD on Thursday 16 November 2017.

You will find the following AGM documents attached.



Commencing at 4:45pm on Thursday 16 November 2017

This meeting is to be held at:

Roma Cultural Centre (Ernest Brock Room), 18 Quentin Street, Roma, QLD, 4555.

  • FFN is calling for Director Nominations for a two-year term of appointment.
  • As per the FFN Constitution, a maximum of 11 Directors is permissible.
  • Under FFN’s terms of appointment, there are five (5) positions vacated at the 2017 AGM – three (3) Directors retire by rotation, two (2) will seek re-election.


  • Voting will be conducted in person in 2017.
  • All meeting material and voting information will be distributed 21 days prior to the AGM.
  • In person voting will be via AGM attendance at 4:45pm on Thursday 16 November 2017 at Roma Cultural Centre (Ernest Brock Room), 18 Quentin Street, Roma QLD, 4555.

The items of business for the 2017 AGM shall be:

  1. Welcome
  2. Registration of attendees and apologies
  3. Minutes of 2016 Annual General Meeting
    1. Ordinary resolution: that the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 17 November 2016 be adopted.
  4. Receival and consideration of the Directors Report and Financials for the year ended 30 June 2017.
    1. Ordinary resolution: that the Directors Report and Financials for the year ended 30 June 2017 be adopted.
  5. Election of Directors
  6. General Business
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In July 2017, Future Farmers Network conducted a survey among 800 young Australians working or studying in Agriculture. A key objective of FFN is to provide the ongoing national platform that provides a voice for agricultural youth across Australia. In support of this, FFN must understand the ever-changing issues and concerns for our members as well as the areas that need further support.

The objectives of the 2017 FFN Survey were to:

  • Define the FFN community and explore how they operate in the industry
  • Confirm the requirements of the FFN community are being adequately serviced by FFN
  • Capture the challenges faced by the FFN community and their attitude towards the government policies surrounding those concerns
  • Develop a program for Youth Ag Council (YAC) 2017 based on the survey results

The survey was conducted by means of a questionnaire shared with the FFN community. The first part of the questionnaire dealt with demographics and FFN feedback, the second section was concerned with the current challenges and attitudes towards Australian agriculture.

Key take outs from the survey include:

  • The FFN Community are most interested in Career Path Advice, New Technology and Financial Literacy.
  • The highest ranked policy issues amongst young Australian agriculture professionals are Water & Natural Resource Management, Drought and Education.
  • Respondents were very keen to hear from a range of speakers in particular: Twiggy Forrest, Catherine Marriott, Anna Speer and Barnaby Joyce
  • Over 50% of respondents are sourcing their information online or through industry publications.

To see the full report, click here.



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FFN is now calling for nominations for Non-Executive Director Positions on its Board. This is an exciting opportunity to have your say and be part of shaping FFN into the future, and work with the current Board and management team to ensure FFN continues to improve and develop in line with member priorities.

It is an exciting time for FFN and the Board invites all interested members to put in an application. Click here for more information and application guidelines, and at any time feel free to call EO, Toby Locke on 0401 165 910 or any current Director via this page.

Nomination Process

Friday 13 October 2017 Applications close at 5pm.
Week beginning 16 October 2017 Nominations & Remuneration committee to review applications and prepare shortlist for interview. Interviews commence.
Week beginning 23 October 2017 Candidates notified of outcomes of interviews.
Late October 2017 Candidates details listed on FFN Members-only website for member review.
16 November 2017 Elections held during FFN AGM.


Applications should be received no later than this 5pm Friday 13 October 2017 and submitted electronically to FFN Executive Officer, Toby Locke at:

AGM 2017 Notice of Meeting

FFN Non-Executive Director Selection Guidelines 2017

Board Nomination Form 2017

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