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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