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19 November 2012

Bayer CropScience and the Future Farmers Network invite Young Australians to Apply to the Global Youth Ag Summit


Applications from Australia are being accepted until 31 January 2013

Melbourne, 2 November 2012 – Bayer CropScience and the Future Farmers Network (FFN) have partnered to provide Australia’s agricultural youth the opportunity to participate in the Youth Ag Summit hosted by 4-H Canada, a rural youth organisation, from August 19 to 25, 2013 in Calgary, Canada.

Bayer and FFN encourage young Australians to apply for the chance to join young adults from around the world “at the table” to share ideas and develop a plan of action on how to feed a hungry planet.

Richard Dickmann, Head of New Business Development at Bayer CropScience, said, “We have identified rural skills shortage and education as a key target for support within Bayer’s sustainability strategy for Australia.

“The Youth Ag Summit is a unique way to stimulate interest in Australian agriculture as a career of global importance,” Mr Dickmann added.

Georgie Aley, Chair of the FFN said, “FFN is proud to partner with Bayer to provide young Australians with the opportunity to attend this significant event.

“With increasing demands on all food sectors globally, the need for an educated and engaged next generation should be a priority for the industry. We believe the Summit will provide the opportunity for global educational linkages and generous support to those who attend,” Ms Aley added.

From now until 31 January 2012, Australians between the ages of 18-25 can submit a 2,000 word essay or film a seven minute video about the challenges and opportunities of feeding a hungry planet. Two successful applicants from Australia will receive an expenses paid trip to the global Youth Ag Summit with 120 youth from 20 countries. They’ll participate in a week-long event where ideas will be shared and opportunities will be explored with other young people, business leaders and scientists about this global agricultural challenge.

In November 2011 the United Nations declared the planet’s population surpassed seven billion people. In less than 40 years this forecast will see 2 billion more mouths in need of healthy food and nutrition. As an agricultural powerhouse, this growth represents a tremendous opportunity for Australia.

However, if the next generation of Australians is to help find a solution, they must first understand the challenges and opportunities their peers are experiencing around the world today.

No one person, company or nation holds the answers; but through discussion and collaboration at the Youth Ag-Summit in Calgary, it is hoped that agricultural solutions can be found, acted upon and achieved.

Countries currently involved include Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom and USA.

For more information, including selection criteria, visit or contact

Important note: Young Australian adults between the ages of 18-25 need to submit their essays to by 31 January 2013.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer celebrates 150 years in 2013. Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience AG, a subsidiary of Bayer AG with annual sales of about EUR 7,255 million in 2011, is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and plant biotechnology. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of about 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries. Further information on Bayer CropScience Canada is available at:

About FFN

FFN is a national not-for-profit organisation that was established to encourage and support agricultural youth as they pursue and continue their rewarding careers in agriculture and its related fields. Founded in 2002 to address a widespread concern about the future of young people in rural industries, today it is an exciting, evolving network of active members from across Australia representing all commodity sectors. As the only national network for young people aged 18-35 years involved in agriculture in either production, agribusiness or support industries, FFN provides the catalyst for engagement, support and communication amongst youth and actively works to support members not only on a national level but at a rural, regional and state based level through key industry partnerships.

About 4-H Canada

4-H Canada celebrates its 100 year anniversary in 2013. Beginning in Roland, Manitoba in 1913, 4-H is one of the country’s longest-running and most respected youth organizations. 4-H provides opportunities for Canada’s youth to explore, learn, and discover while expanding their horizons. More than 8,000 trained volunteer leaders help more than 26,000 4-H members develop self-confidence and learn a wide variety of skills through hands-on project work from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia. To learn more about 4-H in Canada visit:

For more information contact:

Katie Sheppet
Office +61 3 9944 7638
Mobile +61 402 218 150

Fleur Wilkins
Communications Manager, Bayer CropScience
Office +61 3 9248 6851
Mobile +61 448 817 842

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