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About the Competition

Young farmers from around the country showcase their expertise in a series of on-farm challenges showcasing the depth of knowledge and technical skills required in agriculture today.

These challenges can be anything from animal handling to fencing, driving tractors, putting out fires, first aid, heavy lifting and transport challenges.

Once a year, cream of the crop from each state comes together to battle it out for the title of Australian Young Farmer Challenge champions.

What it’s all about

The competition is open to teams of four people, teams must have at least one representative from each gender. Teams must first compete at a local level. Each of the winning local teams are given the opportunity to compete at a Regional level, with the winners in turn progressing to the State finals held during each states royal show. All State winners are then invited to attend the National finals to compete for prize money and the bragging rights of being the “Best of the best” across the country!

Ultimately, the Australian Young Farmer Challenge is a great way for Young Australian’s to network and engage with other young Australians and industry leaders from across the country. For us it’s a way for the industry to celebrate, support and recognise Australia’s future leaders in Agriculture.

To get involved in your local Young Farmer Challenge contact your State or local Show Society or contact us at projectofficer@agshowsaustralia.org.au

How to get involved

Hosting a Young Farmer Challenge is a great way to encourage people to come together at your local show, as both competitors and spectators. A Young Farmer Challenge can be run at a very small cost and support is available through the National coordinator and state representatives. All you need is space, a few helpers and some teams and you’re away!

If you need some inspiration to get started or want to talk to someone in your state, see our helpful guides below.

State Contacts

The AYFC Working Group provides feedback and direction to the ASA National Next Gen on the AYFC program structure from local through to National level. The Working Group aid the development of resources for all levels of AYFC’s, with a focus on sustainable participation, youth engagement, showcasing agricultural innovation and on-farm safety.

The AYFC Working Group members are a valuable resource for regional and local committees developing their AYFC competition.

Working Group Members

Australian Capital Territory Representatives

Commitee/Org: RNCAS Next Gen

Representative: Pending

New South Wales Representatives

Commitee/Org: RAS NSW Youth Group
Representative: Justin Matthews
Email: jmattphotography@gmail.com
Phone: 0427 885 501

Commitee/Org: ASC of NSW Next Gen
Representative: Sarah Gattera
Email: info@ascnextgen.com.au

Northern Territory Representatives

Commitee/Org: NTSC
Representative: Pending
Email: ntshowcouncil@outlook.com

Queensland Representatives

Commitee/Org: RNA Future Directions Committee
Representative: Lauren Rollegen
Email: lauren.roellgen@gmail.com
Phone: 0437 233 520

Commitee/Org: QLD Ag Shows Next Generation
Representative: Matilda Sly
Email: nextgen@queenslandshows.com.au
Phone: 0407 381 176

South Australia Representatives

Commitee/Org: SA Next Gen
Representative: Andrew Hall
Email: sanextgeneration@gmail.com
Phone: 0418 802 834

Tasmania Representatives
Commitee/Org: TAS Ag Shows
Representative: Pending
Victoria Representatives

Org: Melbourne Royal®
Contact: Ashley Lamers
Email: youthdevelopment@melbourneroyal.com.au
Phone: 03 9281 7444

Western Australia Representatives

Commitee/Org: RASWA Next Generation Sub Committee
Secretary: Jack Martin
Email: jack.martin@raswa.org.au
Phone: 6263 3137 or 0488 085 170

YFC Representative: Kelly Gorter
Email: kelly.gorter@hotmail.com
Phone: 0429 833 752

AYFC Handbook

This is a comprehensive information handbook, for competition organisers to run an AYFC at your ag show, including guidelines, how-to guides, resources and more.

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    AYFC “How To” Resources

    These resources are provided as samples, templates and examples only. Competition organisers are encouraged to seek advice to ensure each document suits their needs and adheres to their state’s insurance and work safety regulations. Please contact projectofficer@agshowsaustralia.org.ag for different document formats (i.e.: excel, word).

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    AYFC Budget Template
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    AYFC Business Case Template
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    AYFC Competition Scoring Template
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    AYFC Competitor Waiver Template
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    AYFC Entry Form Template
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    AYFC Procedure Manual Template
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    AYFC Risk Assessment Template
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    AYFC Sample Challenge Catalogue
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    AYFC Sample Event Program
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    AYFC Sponsorship Prospectus Template
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    AYFC Team Score Sheet Template
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    AYFC Theory Challenge Template
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      AYFC Regional Grant Program

      The Australian Young Farmer Challenge (AYFC) is an opportunity for young people and agriculture to take centre stage on a local, state and national level. The AYFC competitions provide entertainment and crowd engagement as well education for the broader community about agriculture, food and more specifically, the role of farmers and farm safety.

      Agricultural Shows Australia (ASA) have received funding from a Federal Government Grants program:  Building Landcare Community Capacity (BLCC) as part of the Smart Farming Program under Phase 2 of the National Landcare Program. The purpose of the program is to support the sharing of knowledge and achievements and promote community leadership.

      Currently, the AYFC is a demonstration of the talent, skills, techniques and safe work methods that young farmers use every day for work. Competitors are asked to do their best to complete the challenges correctly against the clock, as well to focus on safety, and most importantly, enjoy the competition and provide entertainment to the audience. Over 100 competitions are run annually at agricultural shows across Australia, however there is a huge scope to expand this network of youth in agriculture.

      The AYFC Regional Grant Program is now available to support the purchasing of materials needed to run AYFC competitions at a local, regional and state level across Australia. From start-up competitions through to established local competitions looking to expand into regional and state competitions, funding submissions will be accepted from all eligible organising committees.

      How to apply

      Eligible applicants are required to complete the online application form, or email a completed PDF copy to projectofficer@agshowsaustralia.org.au .

      Information required includes:

      1. Organisation Details
      2. Key Contact Details
      3. Grant amount requested (up to $10 000)
      4. Project Overview
      5. Demonstration of Project Sustainability
      6. An itemised breakdown of the proposed activities, goods or service to be funded.

      Please note: At the completion of the project, applicants will be required to provide a brief report to the National Next Generation on the outcomes of the project, report on the Australian Young Farmer Challenge including participation statistics and updates on the sustainability of your competition(s) I.E.: plans for the competition without the grant funding.

      Key Dates

      Applications open December 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within a timely manner.

      A completion report is required from successful applicants within three months of the show.

      Contact

      For more information, please contact the Project Officer on 0402 571 494 or email projectofficer@agshowsaustralia.org.au

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        Logo and Competition Naming Guidelines

        A guide for competition organisers on how to name your AYFC competition and use the AYFC brand at your Show.

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        AYFC Logo Files
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          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.  

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