The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW is right now searching for its 2022 Rural Achiever finalists, with applications open for the state-wide leadership program.
Aiming to identifying young achievers, presently aged between 20 and 29, the program recognises those whose past and present contributions to rural and regional communities distinguish them as the outstanding and inspiring leaders of the future.
With a share in the $17,000 worth of prize money, finalists will also receive an all-expenses-paid eight-day intensive internship in the heart of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, working behind the scenes of the largest agricultural event in the southern hemisphere, networking with industry leaders, policy makers and organisations, and gaining leadership skills through a variety of professional development workshops.
One finalist will then be chosen as NSW Rural Achiever to compete for the title of National Rural Ambassador.
Lead Councillor for the Rural Achiever Program Janie Forrest says the program rewards rural advocacy, provides young leaders with a platform for enhanced professional growth, and inspires ambition in others to follow.
"For over 30 years, the RAS Rural Achievers program has selected outstanding advocates for rural Australia, building a legacy of leadership which continues to serve the nation, and launching careers in agriculture, science, politics and logistics," Janie Forrest said.
"Successive generations of these young leaders drive innovation and excellence beyond the city limits, and by their example, inspire our youth to consider the exciting prospect of a rural future."
The 2022 finalists for the Rural Achiever program will be announced in December with the overall RAS Rural Achiever program to occur at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April next year.
For more information or to enter, please visit the RAS website.