Twenty year old Emma Moss from Southbrook is among 10 young innovative Australians with a passion for agriculture have been selected to take part in the inaugural international agrifood technology event called evokeAG. The two-day think-tank, to be held 19 to 20 February 2019 in Melbourne, will draw together some of the world’s leading experts to discuss the future of food and most importantly, how it will be produced.

Joining the international program, organised by AgriFutures Australia, will be 10 of the country’s brightest young minds specially chosen to take part in the evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program. They come from a diverse range of backgrounds and include an experienced jillaroo, an HSC student from Sydney and a young Queensland man who has deferred his university studies to help his family in the drought. Proudly supported by the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations, each successful applicant will present their idea, relating to one of the event themes of food, farm or future. It is a rare opportunity giving them direct access to producers, investors, private enterprise, corporates, government and entrepreneurs attending evokeAG.

AgriFutures Australia General Manager, Communications and Capacity Building, Belinda Allitt said the evokeAG Future Young Leaders Program attracted a diverse range of impressive
applicants from both metropolitan and rural areas who demonstrated a passion for food and farming. “This is not just a unique opportunity for these outstanding young people but also for industry leaders to come together and think outside of the box with some innovative and creative ideas that will ultimately help all Australians,” said Belinda. “We are proud to be facilitating such relationships, to be able to harness such concepts in their infancy that could well change the future of agrifoods worldwide.”

A further two finalists were chosen by the general public with a shortlist of five videos shared across the evokeAG social media channels, including 20 year old Callan Daley from Beilba. Each winner will receive a five-minute presentation opportunity at the event, as well as return economy airfares, accommodation, airport transfers and a delegate pass to evokeAG.

Executive Officer at the Council of Rural Research and Development Corporations Tim Lester said the evokeAG. Future Young Leaders Program is a wonderful opportunity to support young
forward- thinkers and ultimately keep Australia’s rural industries thriving. “It is incredibly exciting to bring together the next generation of leaders with their passion, bold thinking and bright ideas with industry experts from the food and agriculture industries,” said Tim. “By assisting them with the skills, research and know-how, we may well be able to fast-track these innovations into a reality.”

evokeAG. 2019 will take place in Melbourne at the iconic Royal Exhibition Building on Tuesday 19 and Wednesday 20 February 2019.

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