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Central Queensland University is working with the Future Farmers Network to upskill the next generation of agricultural leaders, innovators and professional farmers.

Two Future Farmers Network members have received $1000 bursaries for exciting educational and networking opportunities.

Angus Groves, a territory manager at AWB/Cargill Australia in Dubbo, NSW will be using the funds to attend the Farming & Grazing for Profit School in his home town in September.

"This 7 day intensive course aims to teach you how to run profitable, regenerative mixed farming business,"Angus said.

"I had always wanted to own my own farm with my parents, but learning the skills to run a profitable farming business is never available in my town of Dubbo. Finally there is a course available, and better yet it is being run in my town! I haven't yet been able to fund my own farm, but I am hopeful this course will give me the capabilities to build a business plan. Once I have a business plan built I hope to approach a bank and ask for capital to buy my own farm with my parents."

Also receiving a bursary of $1000 is Harriet Brickhill, an extension officer with the Ricegrowers' Association of Australia.

"The bursary will contribute towards a four month leadership program ‘Leading Edge: Women and Leadership in Australia’ that I have been accepted into. The course is aimed at for females in their early
careers to help advance them into entry level management positions. The course has several components that are delivered online via modules and webinar workshops. The topics include: improving
interpersonal communication, emotional intelligence and conflict resolution, developing a game plan for career and professional growth, improving presence and presentation skills and developing a successful team,"Harriet said.

"From the program I am hoping to meet likeminded people, increase my network, improve my conflict management and confidence in self as well as gaining mentors.
A key component of this course is a workplace application project. This is where I work with my workplace sponsor to plan, implement and monitor a project within my organisation. It will allow the practical
application and consolidation of the course learnings to deliver something of value to my workplace. The course is also strongly focused on developing a ‘game plan’ for future career and life and setting out steps to achieve these goals. I too easily get caught up in the day to day tasks of work so this will ensure I pause, reflect and develop a strategy for my career advancement."

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