JAMES Johnston and Kasey Clark are among many young people who will feature in a bold, new publication available free inside Queensland Country Life next Thursday.
Last month, journalists from QCL set out on the road to meet with young farmers in small groups.
Their mission was to find out why young people see a future in farming and rural community living, and what will keep them there in the future.
This initiative called Wired, and backed by the support of key partners RIRDC and Suncorp Agribusiness, is a first for QCL.
The journey took QCL into the newspaper’s heartland, covering the state and the breadth of Queensland’s primary production base – from beef, dairy, sheep and wool, to grains, cotton, sugar and horticulture – to hear young farmers tell their stories, in their own words.
James and Kasey were part of a group who spoke with Lea Coghlan in Atherton. Other forums were held at Toobeah in the state’s south, as well as Quilpie, Dalby, Eidsvold, Bundaberg, Rockhampton, Longreach, Charters Towers and Julia Creek.
A week after the publication comes out, QCL will host an online forum on Thursday, April 3, from noon until 1pm EST.
Jump on www.queenslandcountrylife.com.au to take part.
The forum will be moderated by FarmOnline editor Katie McRobert and QCL digital editor Melody Labinsky.