AGRICULTURE'S young movers and shakers look set for a busy show, with the SA Agricultural Shows Next Generation Group upping the ante in its efforts to showcase the diversity and opportunities in the industry.
RAHS Councillor and Next Gen executive member Sam Neumann said the group's efforts were centred around Youth in Ag day on Saturday, September 6, which was gaining more and more momentum each year.
"We kick it off with the traditional breakfast at 7.30am in the alpaca judging area, which is a great opportunity for exhibitors and young people involved in shows to get together, have a bit of a chat and a quick and cost-effective breakfast," she said.
The focus will then turn to the Young Farmer Challenge state final, held at 3.20pm on the main arena, followed by the Royal Rendezvous, which starts at 6pm in the Bull Bar.
After country shows across the state hosted Young Farmer Challenges of their own, a series of regional finals were held to select the four finalists.
"The four top teams come and compete at the state final in Adelaide for the opportunity to go and represent SA at a national final, so it's really exciting stuff," Sam said.
"It keeps getting better and better, so I think this year is something that shouldn't be missed."
The group will also have a big role to play in promoting agriculture to the general public.
"What's new to Youth in Ag day this year is an interactive space which will be conveniently located in front of the Stock Journal office, and that brings together the Next Gen group with industry partners from across the agricultural sector to showcase opportunities they offer for professional careers and innovation through the industry," Sam said.
"We'll be in that space from Friday the 5th until Sunday the 7th to promote Next Gen and to give Youth in Ag a strong presence and we invite everyone to come and visit us at the site."