Young Country shines the light on agriculture as a career of choice for every school leaver or career changer in the country.
Young Country tells the story of the breadth of different career opportunities, training and professional development possibilities, asset and business growth, networking and career development through the eyes of young people who are in the sector working, growing and having fun.


Plant breeder keeps eye on future demands

Patience and predictive ability are helpful traits for any plant breeder says Justine Ferguson.

To navigate the 10-plus year timeframe to breed a new cultivar and get it to the point of release to the market takes patience, she says. Predicting the traits needed by a new cultivar in 10 or more years also means good plant breeders always have one eye on the future.

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Paying it forward with Outward Bound for farmers

A scholarship set up by a Lincoln Uni student gives young farmers the opportunity to have the life-changing experience that is Outward Bound.

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Applications open for 2024 Zanda McDonald Award programme

The search is on for the next generation of game-changers who are making a difference in agriculture, with applications now open for the 2024 Zanda McDonald Award.

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Te Ara Pōtiki announces 15 agri-food internship opportunities

Te Ara Pōtiki has just announced an internship opportunity for 15 promising Māori leaders.

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Kate Acland in a paddock

Wool carpet tiles for Wellington office

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) is backing New Zealand sheep farmers by choosing Wools of New Zealand commercial wool tiles to carpet its Wellington office.

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2024 Grassroots Dairy Management Programme coming up fast

We are looking for recent graduates who are ambitious and motivated to activate their dairy farming career.

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Applications now open for 2024 Rabobank New Zealand Graduate Programme

Applications for the 2024 intake of the Rabobank New Zealand Graduate Programme are now open.

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Trading human patients for sheep, cattle, deer and working dogs

Animal and Plant Health NZ scholarship winner Lucy Mossman’s decision to become a rural vet came as an epiphany after chasing other careers.

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Kick start your career as a Livestock Rep

Silver Fern Farms are all about Creating Goodness from the Farms the World Needs, and their Livestock Team are a crucial part of making this a reality.

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Twins take out 2023 FMG Junior Young Farmers

Twins representing the far south have taken out the title of the 2023 FMG Junior Young Farmers of the Year at the Grand Final in Timaru.

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Emma Poole wins 2023 FMG Young Farmer of the Year

Waikato Bay of Plenty Young Farmer Emma Poole is “absolutely buzzing” after being named the 55th FMG Young Farmer of the Year and making history as the contest’s first-ever female champion.

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Farmer Time celebrates successful first year

Farmer Time, an education programme that connects New Zealand school students (Years 1 – 8) and their teachers with farmers and growers across the country, proudly announces a highly successful completion of its first year.

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Talking change

How would you lead the conversation? University of Canterbury researcher Franca Buelow asks.

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S2 Ep7: A Lady Butcher – Hannah Miller

Hannah Miller is A Lady Butcher and her passion is to create purposeful meats.

Hannah’s jam is making traditional charcuterie, the art of preserving meat, with local New Zealand ingredients. She’s gaining a fan following for her range of premium dried and cured meats from local, ethically-raised animals.

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S2 Ep6: Greg and Dansy Coppell – Repost

When Greg and Dansy Coppell purchased their sheep and beef farm near Nelson they needed to do 30km of fencing on a shoestring budget – recycled vineyard posts were the ideal solution.

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Cam Ravenwood of Fernglen Farm

S2 Ep5: Cam Ravenwood, Fernglen Farm

Sheep milking is providing the perfect value add, and creating opportunities for the whole Ravenwood family, at Wairarapa’s Fernglen Farm.

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Mark Ferguson - Nextgen Agri - Down To Earth

S2 Ep4: Mark Ferguson, neXtgen Agri

Genetics play a vital role in our industry and Mark Ferguson is leading a team at neXtgen Agri that aims to bring genes to life.

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S2 Ep3: Elizabeth Hayes, Nest Tree Houses

Andy and Elizabeth Hayes of Million Springs Farm in the Hakataramea Valley, South Canterbury, realised they needed to do something outside the box to set their accommodation offering apart.

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