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Young agriculturalists tour a success!

Twenty four young farmers and agribusiness representatives from BCG’s 2020 Vision group and Southern Farming Systems set off on Wednesday 22 July on a study tour. The three day tour, aimed specifically at young people aged between 18 – 35, gave participants the opportunity to learn more about the diverse sectors of agriculture.

Participants hailed from across all regions of Victoria, from Traralgon in the south-east to Hopetoun in the north-west. The first destination was Ballarat where the group visited a pig farm and oilseed crushing plant; the Wrightson Seeds research site; GoldAcres manufacturing plant and Dulcinea Winery.

Participant Tristan Richie commented: “The tours in the Ballarat region really opened my eyes to what is happening in the agricultural industry at present. It also gave me useful insight into some of the exciting developments that are in the pipeline. It was particularly good to see what is on the horizon in the way of spray technology and forage crop varieties.”

The group then travelled to Melbourne visiting Parliament House, the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecasting centre, the Port of Melbourne and Barrett Burston’s malt house. In the evening the group attended the VFF Annual Industry Grains Dinner where participants spoke with key industry leaders and networked with farmers from across Victoria.

Attendee Neville Reilly said: “The VFF dinner was a highlight for me, talking to influential, like-minded people from across the state. The importance of staying abreast of current issues in the industry was a key learning of the night. It’s also inspired me to become a better leader in my local community.”

BCG would like to thank the Grains Research Development Corporation for supporting this study tour.

For more information on upcoming 2020 Vision events please contact Janine McIntyre at the BCG office on (03) 5492 2787

The group at the Port of Melbourne. Participants at the GoldAcres manufacturing plant, Ballarat.

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