Future Farmers Network are recruiting four members to participate in the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) real-time training program. Courses are delivered in Nepal by the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD).

The four placements will be funded by the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper. The funding included course fees and in-country costs – airport transfers, accommodation, meals, training materials, personal protective equipment, and disinfectants.

Two positions are available for the course in Kathmandu, Nepal on 25-29 November 2019, and two on 2-6 December 2019. All other expenses, including airfares, travel and medical insurance, and medical vaccinations, are the responsibility of the participant and/or their sponsor. FFN will work with the recruits to find a suitable co-sponsor to reduce the costs after they are selected for the program.

Raising general awareness of FMD is an important objective of this program and the Department expects that participants will share their learning with other stakeholders (eg. farmers, veterinarians, industry bodies) after the course. Activities may include, but are not limited to, print media and radio interviews, presentations and training courses, distribution of the course report, informal discussions with stakeholders, development of posters and other materials.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants must be financial members of Future Farmers Network
  • Applicants should have experience conducting presentations and/or workshops, radio interviews and other public speaking, social media, and developing printed and/or digital communication material.
  • Applicants must actively work in the farming industry and see large numbers of livestock as part of their work.
  • Applicants must be available for the course dates detailed above
  • Applicants are to record a 2 minute video addressing the following question:

Why does Australia need to invest in Biosecurity and FMD training?

  • Applicants must upload video to content sharing platform of choice and the send the link, plus a 100 word bio on themselves and their involvement in the livestock industry, to FFN via admin@futurefarmers.com.au. The content must be in a format that is shareable by FFN on social media.
  • Applications close 5pm Friday 23 August 2019.

What are you waiting for? Get cracking on that entry, and spend a week in Nepal! 

Foot-and-Mouth Disease real-time training program – Terms and Conditions

Information on how to enter forms part of the Terms and Conditions of entry. The selection process is conducted by the Future Farmers Network. Entry is open to current financial members of the FFN. The selection process begins at 8am on Monday 1 August 2019 and closes on at 5pm on Friday 23 August 2019. There is no entry fee. Entrants must film a minimum 1 minute 30 second and maximum 2 minute and 30 second video addressing the question “why does Australia need to invest in Biosecurity and FMD training?“. The videos must be uploaded to the applicants content sharing platform of choice and the link sent to FFN via admin@futurefarmers.com.au. The content must be in a format that is shareable by FFN on social media and the applicant gives full permissions for FFN to distribute their application video as they wish. The four applications deemed to be the most comprehensive and informative will be decided upon by the FFN. The winners of the selection process will be notified by August 30 2019. FFN’s decision is final, pending agreement by the Australian Government. Participants must be available, willing and able to travel to Nepal at the dates of the course with availability, being either November 25-29 2019 or December 2-6 2019. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel. Information to progress logistical arrangements will be provided to the successful participants approximately 10 weeks ahead of their training course. Courses comprise of an online pre-course induction, five days in Nepal, and online post course refresher training. The training in Nepal focuses on FMD lesion recognition and ageing, sampling capabilities, field epidemiological investigations, and developing advice on local response measures. Participants will share their learning with other stakeholders (eg. farmers, veterinarians, industry bodies) after the course. Activities may include, but are not limited to, print media and radio interviews, presentations and training courses, distribution of the course report, informal discussions with stakeholders, development of posters and other materials. By participating in this selection process, the entrant accepts full responsibility for any and all loss or damage caused as a direct or indirect result of this selection process or its prizes. The entrant agrees to waive, release and discharge FFN from any and all liability, injury or damage sustained to the entrant or any third parties or property as a direct or indirect result of the selection process and its prizes. All applications become the property of FFN and may be used by the AASMB for publicity purposes. The FFN reserves the right to withdraw or amend the selection process and rules at any time, for any reason whatsoever. Entry into the selection process shall be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions of entry and is also deemed approval for use of the winners’ photographs for publicity purposes.