WoolProducers Australia (WoolProducers) are excited to welcome this year’s Raising the Baa Youth Ambassador, Emma Turner.
WoolProducers CEO, Ms Jo Hall said, “The Youth Ambassador position offers people aged 18 -35 years the opportunity to learn and understand the policy cycle and how a board works, so that they understand how policy is developed in the best interests of industry.”
The Raising the Baa Program was established under the Leadership in Agriculture Fund announced by the Commonwealth government in 2017. This grant has now ceased, however given the success of the Youth Ambassador component of the project, the WoolProducers Executive agreed to maintain the Ambassador role to encourage young industry people to learn more about policy development.
Ms Hall said, “Not only does the Youth Ambassador position provide experience to the participants, but we as an organisation learn a lot and benefit from, having input from our Youth Ambassadors during policy deliberations”.
Ms Turner, who is currently employed as the District Wool Manager for Elders based in Mildura, Victoria has extensive experience within industry, including leadership positions, while policy development experience will add to her already impressive credentials.
Ms Turner said, “I’m really looking forward to being involved and understanding how the processes behind a board works, and to gain a broader understanding of policy development and the role it plays within industry.”
“I’m excited for this opportunity and the skills I will gain from this experience and look forward to implementing them within industry in the future” Ms Turner said.
Ms Hall said, “We are very pleased to be able to offer this opportunity to young people in our industry and continue to be amazed at the quality of candidates that we receive each year”.
“We are excited to work with Emma over the next 12-months and beyond and look forward to hearing her important insights to assist industry policy development.” Ms Hall said.
Ms Turner assumes the Youth Ambassador role from Ms Erin Douglas, Vic and Ms Makaela Knapp, WA.
“We thank Erin and Makaela for the dedication to the role over the past 12-months and wish them well in their future career paths, which we’re sure includes very positive contributions to our industry”. Ms Hall said.
WoolProducers Australia contacts:
Jo Hall, CEO
0488 554 811
Ed Storey, President
0438 309 500
About WoolProducers’ Australia
WoolProducers plays a critical role in working closely with companies and entities funded by woolgrower funds including compulsory levies or fees for service.
Its mission is to develop constructive and profitable outcomes for woolgrowers nationally.
The agency is responsible for appointing a director to each of the Australian Wool Exchange and the Australia Wool Testing Authority, promoting good corporate governance and ensuring that the interests of growers are met.
WoolProducers maintains a working relationship with Australian Wool Innovation as the voice of woolgrower shareholders. It aims to contribute to AWI’s programs for the benefit of growers, promoting responsible use of levy funds and ensuring good corporate governance.
WoolProducers is the sole wool industry member of Animal Health Australia, and as such, carries a significant responsibility for decision making on behalf of the industry in the event of an emergency animal disease outbreak.
As the only wool grower organisation with membership of the National Farmers’ Federation, WoolProducers is responsible for providing key policy advice on behalf of our members, and other wool growers, to Australia’s peak farm body.
WoolProducers also works closely with the Federal Government Departments on key issues such as animal health and welfare, biosecurity, pest management control, natural resource management, drought preparedness, emergency animal disease outbreak preparedness and industry development, including research, trade and logistics.