National Farmers' Federation

NFF to showcase agriculture and regional Australia to international and domestic students

Australian and Chinese university students will swap pavement for paddocks through the National Farmers’ Federation’s (NFF) China-Australia Youth Agriculture Program, a new immersive experience for Australian and Chinese university students to dive into agriculture and the bush.  

The National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is excited to announce the China-Australia Youth Agriculture Program, a new immersive experience for Australian and Chinese university students.  

The program, funded by the National Foundation for Australia-China Relations, is five-day paddock to port tour that brings together Chinese and Australian students to get first-hand experience in agriculture and regional Australia. 

“This program is about fostering people-to-people connections. We’re bringing together students from different backgrounds and different cultures who care about agriculture and the Australia-China relationship,” NFF Acting CEO Charles Thomas said.

“This is a great opportunity to highlight the industry to an international audience and showcase the sustainable and innovative industry that is Australian agriculture. Demonstrating the care, quality and safety standards that goes into Australian food and fibre is important for future trade networks.

“Students will also get an opportunity to visit iconic landscapes and experience true blue regional Australian hospitality. We hope they gain an appreciation for the heart of Australia, and have fun while they’re doing it, making long-lasting connections they will share with their friends and families.” 

 Through the paddock to port tour, students will get the chance to experience Australian agriculture along the entire supply chain and gain insights into a diverse range of farms.  

“We’re giving students a chance to experience agriculture in a unique way. The paddock to port tour will showcase farms, silos, saleyards and processing facilities. They’ll have a chance to get their hands dirty and participate in farm activities all while learning about the clean, green practices of Australian agriculture,” Mr Thomas said.

The NFF is proud to be partnered with GrainGrowers Limited (GGL) to deliver the program.

“Growers are always looking at further ways to strengthen future-focussed relationships with trading partners. This creates an opportunity for the next generation to get to know each other while seeing first-hand how innovative and sustainably minded Australian farms are.” GrainGrowers CEO David McKeon said.

 The program will deliver two tours, with the first taking place 3 – 7 October 2022 and the second 17 – 21 April 2023. To register your interest, click here.