The Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) has met with more than 150 of these young agriculture industry leaders over the past six months at a series of events held in every state and territory. The Regional Innovation Conversations series, which followed on from the 2016 GrowAg summit, has brought these young people together to discuss issues affecting the agriculture industry, the trends shaping its future and how to optimise for growth.
RIRDC Managing Director Mr John Harvey said the Regional Innovation Conversations have demonstrated that there is enormous talent and enthusiasm in the next generation of agriculture leaders.
“While their main focus is on building their own businesses and delivering valuable services and information to the agriculture sector, these 150 young leaders are helping to define the future of a rapidly changing and growing industry.
“I was energised by their enthusiasm, impressed at their determination to succeed and admired their practical, ‘just get it done’ attitude. They are dynamic, entrepreneurial and commercially savvy.”
Over the course of its Regional Innovation Conversation series RIRDC identified a number of key themes that resonated again and again with the audience of young agriculture leaders: