With a view to connecting and developing the next generation of Agricultural Leaders across Australia, the ASA facilitated members of each state’s Emerging Leaders groups to come together at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. The result was a weekend of collaboration, idea exchange, support and reflection upon the challenges that face shows, volunteers and young leaders in ag. 

A leadership workshop facilitated by Blue Wren Connections was held. The workshop was a feature of the weekend, helping our young leaders to assess what type of leader they are using leadership types and behaviour linked to the colour spectrum.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop – to be able to not only gain valuable personal insight but also to be able to assess relationships better using the colour spectrum. It will be extremely beneficial moving forward especially being a leader of our committee” – Chair, NSW – RAS Youth Group

The Hobart Royal Show Next Gen representative concurred; “Best facilitated workshop I have participated in. The personal development gained was priceless”.

The opportunity for a face-to-face workshop was very important for this group as they have been working together virtually for the past 12 months. The initiatives each state is putting into play to support the future of Agricultural Shows can only be explored collaboratively if a team has a group understanding and cohesiveness. With this connection established, the laughter about who was displaying classic ‘blue’ leadership traits, or who was acting as a ‘yellow’ followed the group into a networking function provided by the ASA. 

“The course yesterday delivered the opportunity and time out to reflect on how we operate as a committee in its current form, but also what different skill sets we may need to obtain as we look to recruit. The opportunity to meet the other state representatives was also priceless. I am a big believer that the time spent outside the course is as beneficial as the time spent in it.” – Chair; QLD – Future Directions Committee.

The networking function held overlooking the Woolworths fresh food dome provided a forum for each state to begin discussions about the opportunities that lie ahead for the Emerging Leaders Committee. Building on national initiatives such as the Young Farmer’s Challenge, the Emerging Leaders forum at the SA Next Generation conference as well as knowledge sharing and co-creation between states on how to develop and support the next generation committees at a state level. 

With continued energy, the next morning a formal face to face meeting was held for the ASA Emerging Leaders Committee. Made up of each state’s most passionate, this young group has the drive to build on connections and secure the future of Agricultural Shows. 

“The opportunity to have representatives from each State Next Generation Group come together in Sydney provided an invaluable connection and group understanding of challenges, opportunities and learnings. In addition, the leadership workshop not only provided career development for the state leaders in the room but a sense of camaraderie which will be vital as we move forward to represent leaders in agriculture on a national level” – Member, Melbourne Royal Emerging Leaders

The successful weekend would not have been possible without funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of it’s Landcare – Smart Farms – Capacity Building programme in partnership with Agricultural Shows Australia. The funding could not have gone to a more dedicated, passionate group of people – ready to use their learnings to make a difference.

This project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of its Landcare – Smart Farms – Capacity Building programme in partnership with Agricultural Shows Australia.