Dairy farmer joins emerging leaders

17:00, Jun 04 2014

Taranaki dairy farmer Jacques Le Prou is among 40 emerging industry leaders from around the world taking part in a farming master class.

Held in the Netherlands this week, it will bring together "forward-thinking" primary producers who have been identified as the agricultural leaders of tomorrow.

Hosted by Rabobank, the Young Farmers Master Class aims to recognise the importance of the next generation of farmers and the challenges they face around the world.

Rabobank New Zealand chief executive Ben Russell said it was vital to support and develop the next generation.

The issues discussed will include farm succession, environmental sustainability, the increasing need for innovation and the challenges of operating in an increasingly complex and sophisticated market.

"The world will be relying on these young farmers, and those who come after them, to play a vital shared role in providing food security for a growing global population," Russell said.

"Much of the success in achieving a food-secure future for the world will depend on the development of those younger farmers - their abilities to innovate, their farming skills and their capability to produce more sustainably, with less impact on the environment."

Participants will also have the option of a farm stay and to learn from and network with other leading young farmers in the Netherlands.

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