Do you want to be an ambassador?

2023 Rural Ambassador for Toogoolawah Show Society and West Moreton and Brisbane Valley Sub Chamber Stephanie Laycock is organising a workshop for young people interested in joining the program. Picture: GRACE CRICHTON

If you are a young person in the agricultural industry, have you considered competing in the Rural Ambassador program?

2023 Rural Ambassador for Toogoolawah Show Society and West Moreton and Brisbane Valley Sub Chamber Stephanie Laycock is organising a workshop for young people considering entering the program, to be held on 6 April in Esk.

Ms Laycock said the program was about equipping young people in the ag industry with the skills and insider knowledge to enter the program with confidence.

“We’re really using this as a workshop for people that don’t really understand what the Rural Ambassador program is or they’re not sure if they’ve got enough information to participate,” she said.

Part of the workshop will focus on answering industry questions, talking to judges, and how to carry oneself throughout the competition.

“A lot of people struggle with the public speaking and how to present themselves, and I know a lot of people involved in the ag industry who may not think they have what it takes to go into the program,” Ms Laycock said.

Ms Laycock has teamed up with 2022 Rural Ambassador for Marburg and 2023 Community Spirit winner Matthew Petty to run the workshop.

The workshop will discuss current industry issues.

“We’ve got some local beef producers and local agents, and a few other people lined up to talk about current issues in the industry,” Ms Laycock said.

“The program is a really good way to meet some influential people and to build relationships with other young people that are committed to the industry and their local show societies.

“It’s a future leader program, so it’s helping build future leaders in the rural industry.”

Ms Laycock said the event was open to everyone from 17 to 29 years old.

“Queensland Ag Shows have hinted they’re interested in bringing about a Junior Ambassador program in the future, so they suggested we open it up to older high school students as well to get them interested in a younger version of the program,” she said.

“Just because you’re too young to enter doesn’t mean you can’t come to the workshop.”

The free event comes with complementary food and drinks and will be held from 7am to 5pm at High Country, Eskdale.

Contact Stephanie on 0428 094 456 or email stephanie@hclivestocksupplements.com.au