There’s no doubt the future is for the young, and agriculture is no different. Which is why AgForce has established its Young Producers’ Council, an energetic, forward-thinking, commercially minded group of 18-40-year olds passionate about the industry in Queensland.
Proudly supported by foundation partners, Nutrien Ag Solutions and Suncorp, the Council is charged with engaging their counterparts in rural and regional Queensland, not only to raise awareness within AgForce of what matters to young producers and the challenges they face, but to drive change and deliver positive outcomes for those striving to succeed in agriculture.
They are the next generation and the future face of the industry. Let’s meet them.
Introducing your Young Producers’ Council
I grew up on my parent’s properties in central Queensland and have always had a passion for the beef industry.
This led me to venture out in recent years, managing my own commercial beef enterprise based at Tyagarah & Aralee, Middlemount.
I’m really looking forward to working as part of AgForce’s Young Producers’ Council.
I want to encourage more people to embark on a career in agriculture and increase the overall professional development within the industry.
I’m part of the third generation of my family’s sugarcane property near Mackay in North Queensland.
I studied a Bachelor of Agribusiness majoring in Economics at the University of New England, and I have a range of experience in the agriculture sector, including export grain coordination and as the livestock buyer at a large pork manufacturing firm.
I’m currently the Research and Communications Officer at the Australian Farm Institute and am planning to become more involved in our family farm operation over the coming months.
My wife Kylie and our three kids, Douglas, Thomas, and Emily run a breeding and background operation on 5400ha over three properties in the North Burnett.
I’ve been an owner-operator since I joined the family partnership in 2009 and completed full ownership in 2017.
Before that, I was contract mustering.
We have two carbon farming projects on our breeding property and well a small amount of irrigation and dry farming on our backgrounding and finishing properties.
My name is Em Knight, and I am incredibly proud to be part the northern beef industry – a devoted sector that is passionate and dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our animals, along with our industry’s current and future productivity, prosperity and viability.
My partner and I manage a cattle property outside of Julia Creek.
I am currently employed by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as an Industry Recovery Officer, based in north-west Queensland.
Hello members, my name is Bec McKeering and I live in the south-west region near Augathella.
We run our own small beef cattle breeding operation and manage an adjoining property as well.
I’m passionate not only about the cattle industry but about seeing all of agriculture remain sustainable for future generations.
I consider it a great privilege to be selected for the Young Producers’ Council and look forward to the challenge and opportunity it presents.
G’day, I’m Scott Muller from Biloela in central Queensland.
I’m a fourth-generation grain and cattle farmer together with my parents, wife, and three children.
We continue to expand our land area and embrace the latest tools to better our operation – doing what we can with best management practices to ensure it will be there for the generations to come.
I am very passionate about farming and the future it holds for everyone involved in it.
I grew up near Cecil Plains in south-east Queensland on a family property growing grain and cotton and recently completed a double bachelor’s degree in economics and commerce at the University of Queensland.
I’m working as an investment analyst for an agricultural funds management firm in Brisbane and am interested in a broad range of agricultural industries.
I’m excited about the opportunity to engage with and represent the next generation of Queensland farmers.
I finished high school in 2012 and spent two years working in stock camps in the Victoria River region.
In 2015, I moved to “Karriba” north of Goondiwindi, and in early 2017 I took on a property management role in our family beef business which includes properties near Durong.
I’m looking forward to working with other young producers to discuss opportunities and challenges, and engage with other like-minded people.
I hold a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, together with 6 years of finance and banking experience.
My current role is as Project Officer for an initiative designed to help small and medium enterprises grow, export, and generate local Australian jobs through a collaborative culture.
Much of my career has focused on assisting farming and regional businesses across Queensland and supporting supply chains.
I have a keen interest in beef and grain, as well as experience in areas including sheep and cane, and my husband and I are currently building our own beef business.