Make-up of Council
- Council representatives will be primary producers in the 18-40-year-old age group.
- Four commodity board representatives; six regional representatives (2 – NWQ/NEQ); an advisory representative; Inaugural Chair selected from the representative group.
Timing of formation
- Formal interview process and selection of representatives will take place prior to the AgForce AGM in November 2020, where the inaugural AgForce Young Producers’ Council will be announced.
- The Council will commence a two-year term on 1 January 2021 and will join the AQF Board and Commodity Boards in Brisbane in February for induction and networking.
Working with AgForce Board
- The Council’s charter will be finalised by the AgForce Board, prior to the appointment of representatives.
- Emphasis will be on shared goals.
- Young Producers’ Council Chair to present to Board (over Zoom) at quarterly Board meetings.
Role of Council members
- To participate in regular online meetings and quarterly regional ‘face to face’ meetings (timetable still to be determined), to discuss:
- opportunities and challenges specific to each region and how this Council can have a positive impact and generate interest with young producers about their role in the future of agriculture
- Current policy and when to advocate for change where pertinent to this demographic and the future of agriculture (in consultation with the AgForce Policy team)
- Developments/priorities for Commodity boards
- To participate in respective Regional Council meetings/Commodity Board meetings and update electeds on activities/observations
- To engage regularly with your respective Board representative
- To engage with both members and non-members in the regions, through educational and social activities
Key objectives of Council members
- To identify the key issues for producers in the 18-40-year-old age group and where possible, drive change and deliver positive outcomes for this demographic
- To raise awareness within AgForce of what matters and what are the challenges facing this demographic in rural and regional Queensland
- To disseminate key messages on behalf of AgForce with the 18-40-year-old age group
- To build the AgForce brand and its relevance with the 18-40-year-old age group
Benefits associated with the position
- Opportunity to participate in professional development workshops
- Allocated allowance to cover expenses associated with the role
- Opportunity to acquire valuable board experience
- Opportunity to attend a range of AgForce events, engage with industry leaders and build critical networks in the agriculture industry.