Future farmers wanted

by Anonymous Author

Budding Selwyn farmers are being called on to get their entries in for the 2018 AgriKidsNZ and TeenAg rural youth competitions which have been expanded due to significant growth.

The competitions held around New Zealand to coincide with the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Regional Finals, will get underway in February.

However, due to popularity of the competitions, organisers are warning teams to get their entries in now.

NZ Young Farmers competitions coordinator David Highsted said since AgriKidsNZ began in 2005 and TeenAg began in 2009 the competition has gone from strength to strength.

“The last contest season culminated in record entries and we have now expanded the number of teams competing to adjust to the growth.”

Mr Highsted said TeenAg numbers competing increased by 27% last year alone, and AgriKidsNZ by 6%.

He said the competitions were designed to be a fun competitive way to introduce urban and rural schools and families to agriculture, the contests have become the highlight of many students’ year.

“These students are becoming champions of our industry and are sharing the fantastic experiences they have through the contest.

“It is a great public relations exercise and a vital part of NZ Young Farmers’ ongoing emphasis of educating our youth about the vast and exciting opportunities within the primary sector.”

Entries are now open online at: www.agrikidsnz.co.nz and www.teenag.co.nz.