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FFN is a national, not-for-profit member network that supports young people involved in the agricultural industry and is committed to promoting the agricultural industry to the next generation as an exciting and rewarding career path.
FFN is focused on enhancing industry connections, developing specialised skills in key areas and delivering a strong financial performance through robust budgeting. FFN is seeking a skilled and enthusiastic individual to assist with FFN’s activities, to be contracted on a part-time basis.
FFN also contracts an Administration Officer and an Executive Officer (EO). The successful candidate will work closely with these contractors.
The successful candidate will be:
• Outgoing, strong communicator both face to face and through phone or email
• Enthusiastic, results oriented and target driven
• Well organised and able to plan efficiently
• Prior sales experience is preferred

 Lead the growth of FFN’s in a profitable and sustainable manner
 Seek and develop new partnerships by confidently cold calling
 Continually look at ways to increase partnership revenue
 Target strategic partners who fit FFN’s values
 Convert prospective partners to long-term financial partners
 Deliver exceptional customer service and display effective client relationship building skills
 Assist with any questions or issues that partners have
 Educate prospective partners about FFN and how we operate
 Maintain and grow relationships between FFN and its partners
 Assist the EO to maintain FFN’s existing partner relationships to ensure that value is being added
 Deliver results to the Board with proposed improvement plans where appropriate
 Communicate FFN’s mission, vision, principles, values, strategy and business plan to external stakeholders

 Attend monthly online/teleconference Board meetings, providing completed board material in a single PDF document to Directors in advance of the meeting
 Regular communication with EO
 Communicate in a timely fashion with the Board on material matters affecting FFN
 Weekly internal update on activities to the Board and FFN staff
 Reporting with partners, you will be managing the relationship and hence there will be individual requirements relative to each respective partner
 Open and timely communication with existing and prospective partners
 Liaising with partners for content contribution to FFN social media, Top 5 newsletter and Annual Community Survey
 Updating the FFN website with current partner information
 Work in conjunction with the Executive Officer to develop tailored events and campaigns that align to FFN’s partners’ goals and expectations to increase FFN’s presence and reach across Australia
 Attend events on behalf of FFN as required

Overarching elements:
Anybody engaged with FFN on full time, part time or contracting basis must adhere to the following key elements:
 Ensure the accuracy, completeness, integrity and appropriate disclosure of FFN’s financial and other sensitive information through appropriate policies and procedures
 Maintain and comply with FFN’s internal controls over financial reporting through appropriate policies and procedures
 Ensure that to the best of your knowledge and ability, FFN has complied with all regulatory requirements for FFN’s financial information, reporting, disclosure requirements and internal controls over financial reporting.
 Ensure appropriate policies and procedures of FFN are developed, maintained and disclosed
 Ensure that areas of uncertainty are raised
Budget & timeframe:
The role of Sponsorship Officer is a part-time position. It is anticipated between 10-15 hours per week, however this has the potential to increase depending on the engagement of partners and events.
There will be annual reviews carried out by the Executive against the Strategic and Operating Plans, for which KPI’s will be developed at the beginning of the contract period in conjunction with the successful applicant. The Board believes it is important to build these in conjunction with the successful applicant as it does not see this role as purely executing a service but being actively involved in shaping the current and future FFN.
With your application, please include:
• Resume and Cover Letter
• Quote reflecting your sign-on fee and commission rate
• Breakdown of how travel costs will be invoiced
• Contact details for two referees

As the position will be contracted, the successful applicant will need:
• Proof of Professional Indemnity Insurance
• An ABN
For enquiries please contact Jamie-Lee Oldfield on 0429 933 926. We welcome any discussion interest parties may have.
Please send your application to before 6 March 2020

Current FFN Board
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Together with Agrifutures Australia, Future Farmers Network offered one member a complimentary ticket and $500 travel bursary to the upcoming evokeAG. Conference in Melbourne. 

evokeAG. allows delegates to explore what’s next in the agrifood tech space, covering three main themes; Food – Farm – Future. evokeAG. is an immersive experience delivering diverse topics and cutting edge innovation from across the region and around the world. It is the only event of its type where people come together to connect, collaborate and evolve all things agriculture.

We asked those keen to attend what they thought the Future of Food was, and NSW farm technologist Alice Clarke gave the following response, and will be heading along next week. Stay tuned for more form Alice! 

What is the future of food?

Food has always been big as it is something that involves absolutely everyone but with the growing education and awareness around food, its growth, its nutrient makeup, its sustainability, its distribution it’s becoming so much bigger! Food consumption is no longer driven purely by price & availability it’s driven by convenience, social trends, health and the food story. The producers no longer plant a seed or join stock to then send to market. Development is occurring all along the supply chain and new exciting industries are growing rapidly. Currently the future of food appears limitless with horticulture being grown intensively in unassuming suburban areas, robots that can determine ripeness to then pick fruit, alternative protein sources. I see these advancements continuing and becoming more mainstream as the technology develops and growers develop. The future of food is merging the gaps between everyone in the supply chain through the use of information and technology. Having information and data that flows both ways involving the producer, consumer and everyone in between. It is using that data captured on farm to form the beginning of the story on how the product was produced. It is the ease of movement of feedback back up the chain from consumers or processors back to growers to allow for improvements to meet the markets. It is providing technology to adopt automation on farms to increase efficiencies. It is people not from a traditional agricultural back ground developing left field solutions for protein alternatives. It is researchers developing varieties or breeds to thrive in unpredictable climates. It is those refining the way we store and transport food to drive produce into new markets. It is those finding ways to turn by-products into useful fuels or foods. This is all happening right now and the future of food globally is exciting.

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Future Farmers Network member and live export industry guru Kari Moffat travelled to Nepal in November to participate in the EuFMD Foot and Mouth Disease Real Time Training program, thanks to the Australian Live Exporters Council and the Australian Government. Read about it here! 


The European Commission for the Control of Foot and Mouth Disease (EuFMD) FMD training program in Nepal was an eye-opening experience into not only the devastation this disease can cause, but a cultural adventure I will never forget. This program highlights the harsh reality of what an FMD outbreak in Australia would mean to our agricultural industry, with participants coming away from the course equipped with practical and theoretical knowledge.
The course was held over 5 days in Kathmandu, Nepal with the program beginning in the classroom. Participates received intensive training, covering pathogenesis, clinical diagnosis, lesion ageing, laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and outbreak investigation, biosecurity practices, vaccination and what FMD entering Australia would mean to our industry.
Equipped with this theoretical knowledge, we were ready to hit to road and gain a practical understanding of FMD. The course included two field visits conducted to simulate the investigation of a real-time outbreak. In small groups we collected information from smallholder farmers in the area, who had previously encountered FMD. This included epidemiological information, samples and discussing clinical signs, as there were no current outbreaks of FMD in the area which limited our ability to sample live cases. These fields visits were the highlight of the program, giving participates an opportunity to speak with local farmers, and see more of the stunning countryside.
Participants of the course had travelled from all over the world, such as Australia, Germany, Italy, the UK and local Nepalese. The diversity of nationalities, careers and backgrounds made for exciting discussions and networking opportunities.
I would like to thank Future Farmers Network and the Australian Livestock Exporters Council for sponsoring me to attend of such an incredible program. Through this learning, I plan to share my knowledge through my role to the wider livestock community. I would highly recommend this program to anyone working in the livestock industry, who has in interest in animal health and disease prevention.

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Future Farmers Network member and South Australian Dairy Productivity Consultant Mikaela Baker travelled to Nepal in November to participate in the EuFMD Foot and Mouth Disease Real Time Training program, thanks for the Australian Goverment and FFN! Here’s what she got up to. 


On Monday 2nd, November 2019 I began the EuFMD Foot and Mouth real-time training program in Kathmandu, Nepal. Our group included Kari, another recipient of the FFN scholarship and a number of other brilliant participants including advisors, vets, researchers and government employees to develop our knowledge and network, all with the goal of bringing back valuable information to our communities, and sharing our knowledge to help Nepal.

Working with the Nepalese foot & mouth team, we learnt how they have extended their reach to many of the 276 municipal councils and have actioned extensive plans to accomplish the FMD Progessive Control Pathway (PCP-FMD) developed by FAO and EuFMD. With 66% of the population engaged in agriculture, and livestock at the heart of the Nepalese culture through food, income and use in farm management and transport, it was a great insight to all the aspects involved in understanding and preventing an outbreak in both local villages internationally and home communities in Australia.

After a number of training days looking at epidemiology, the cultural implications and considerations of management and biosecurity, we had the opportunity of visiting two villages that had been affected by FMD and engaging with the farmers.

Animal agriculture is an integral component of village survival, for both agronomic purposes and food security. The Nepalese are beautiful and sociable people, they spend a lot of time visiting friends and have communal animals that are shared around, however this creates many implications in biosecurity. Not completely uncommon at home in Australia, where bulls or rams are also shared, along with our love of visiting other farms for tours and social catchups.

Through vising the villages we had real time training in the preparation of visiting potentially ineffective farms, important in reducing further spread of the disease, identifying the ways the disease can spread and important questions to ask when there is a suspected outbreak to backtrack to the original source and forecast potential spread to have the ability to stop it.

The ability to collect data and identify key threats to further spread of infection provided valuable insight into how easily a disease as devastating as FMD could be become epidemic. In a group, we spent time brainstorming the highest risk areas in Australia and analysing our country’s approach to managing the situation and getting the FMD free status reclaimed if an outbreak were to occur.

Some of the major findings surrounded education. Many farming communities had not been aware of the disease or how to prevent it. Preventing infection and spread is a community and country approach, to have robust boarders it is vital that everyone involved in coming and going from these places were informed. The primary take home for me was how important this is locally in Australia, and not only for FMD but for all diseases.

There is a lot that we can do locally to reduce risk of disease spread between farms and even on our farm between groups of animals. Being conscious that each time we go to another farm, there is a risk of taking a disease with us. Additionally, the importance of understanding vaccine efficacy and how to use preventative drugs is the difference between being protected and being at risk.

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