Barossa Young People in Agriculture

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The Barossa Young People in Ag’s ‘Agtastic’ Conference washeld on Friday 7 March 2014 at Yalumba Winery and surrounds.

There were approximately 60 attendees – from Yorke Peninsula to Victor Harbor – who were treated to some nationally renowned guest speakers and a regional “sticky beak” tour of three innovative farming businesses in the region. The tour was followed by dinner with Key Note Speaker Sam Trethewey and some live music.

It was a great success, with participants leaving motivated and enthusiastic about the future of the agriculture, having made strong networks across the local community and state.  From a follow up survey, the following statistics have been received:

  • 90% of attendees will make moderate change to their property / business / career choice as a result of what they learned at Agtastic
  • More time would have been preferable at each farm to ask more questions and engage with the land owner / project manager - demonstrating that the content was excellent, and that more time was required for participants to extract as much as possible.
  • That joining networks and young agricultural groups is important and necessary in order to make positive change for the future.

Our aim is to make Ag a higher priority on the agendas of educational institutions, governments and the community and to provide networking opportunities for the local younger generation of people related to agriculture.

Our next event is on 4 April 2014 at Greenock Tavern, where we will provide a quick summary of “Agtastic”. 

Click here to view the detailed Program!

Register here and keep and eye on Facebook or here for more information.

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The Barossa Young people in Agriculture group's vision is:

"To improve the attitude towards and understanding of the knowledge of opportunities for the local young agricultural community"

We now have brand to ensure the community knows who we are! We will host events, networking opportunities, hopefully training experiences and advocate for the agricultural industry.

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Previous Events
We hosted an initial event on Friday 23 August at the Greenock Tavern, which saw approximately 25 young people in Ag to come along to meet other people in the industry and hear about opportunities for young people in ag in the area. At that event we announced that we have been sucessful in a grant application under the NRM Community Grants Program to host a state wide event in the coming months. We are really excited about it, so please watch this space for more information!

On Friday 18 October we held another informal affair, this time with the generous time of Tony Clark from CoCoConsulting to speak to us about Generational Change - or succsssion planning.  The snapshot 20 min presentation (which is part of a broader 3 hour workshop) certainly generated some discussion and prompted a lot of thinking.  Tony has offered to run the entire 3 hour workshop with us, which is very generous and exciting.


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Barossa YiAg

The group consists of the following people:

  • Pene Keynes (Rural Directions)
  • Corey Ryan (JT Johnson and Sons)
  • Katherine Durant (Ag Chem)
  • Corbin Schuster (Broad acre farmer, Chair of Freeling Ag Bureau)
  • Georgie Keynes (Angaston Ag Bureau, farmer)
  • Charlotte Williams (RDA Barossa)

Watch this space for information and events.



RDA Barossa has embarked on the mission to ensure that conversations about the challenges and opportunities for young people in Agriculture, and those who are considering getting into agriculture, continues and gains traction.

in 2008 the South Australian Government's Thinkers in Residence Program engaged Andrew Fearne to explore and discuss Sustainable Food and Wine Value Chains.  From his research and report, Recommendation 5 is Strengthening the role of regional stakeholder groups in building innovative communities and securing greater engagement from young people in the development of sustainable food and wine value chains". RDA Barossa engaged Andrew for a more local discussion and from this discussion an his research, the realisation for the need for a young farmers network was realised.

In March 2013, RDA Barossa hosted a documentary viewing of The Greenhorns Documentary which was then followed up by three workshops in April and early May to develop this conversation.  These workshops involved identification and development of ideas and issues affecting YiA; Idea and Issue mapping and grouping of the issues identified, and finally; solutions and next steps for the region.

In the last session an opportunity presented itself for the group to work with the Angaston Agricultural Bureau and to submit a grant under the Natural Resource Management Program Community Grants to host a state wide conference (half day and evening) towards the end of the year to address issues through interesting and engaging guest speakers, undertake a field trip, have dinner and refreshments. The application was lodged on Friday 17 May 2013.

Whilst this grant application has provided some focus, there is an expectation that attitude is the broader focus for the group and as the regional approach.  The group is meeting to drive this focus and develop a plan and vision.

But it is more than this - the region needs to work together to ensure the future of our farms, farmers, food and landscape are viable, manageable and strong. So, watch this space as to how the Young People in Agriculture progress with this particular grant application - but know that this is not the only opportunity we will be chasing.

If you are interested in getting involved in this group, please email Charlotte Williams from RDA Barossa or call on 08 8563 3603.