Livestock manager Jeremy Cummins has been named New South Wales finalist in the Cattle Council of Australia’s 2016 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative.
Mr Cummins, who works for beef processing company Teys Australia, also owns a small cattle grazing company with his wife – running 350 head per annum.
A Bachelor of Business and Master of Agribusiness Management graduate, Mr Cummins says he’s driven by a desire to see better relationships developed between agricultural producers and businesses in the Australian beef industry.
Now in its sixth year, the Rising Champions Initiative caters for 18-35 year olds and aims to inspire, empower and support young people who are passionate about the Australian beef industry.
Cattle Council of Australia president, Howard Smith, says it plays an important role in supporting the next generation.
“This initiative was created because we want the cattle producers and stakeholders of tomorrow involved in the planning that occurs today.”
“We’re identifying future leaders and providing them with an opportunity to network with policy makers and develop the knowledge, political acumen and leadership skills to be a young champion in the beef industry,” Mr Smith said.
National Australia Bank’s Head of Agribusiness for New South Wales, Geoff Rose, said NAB was delighted to continue its support.
“Every year this initiative gets bigger and bigger and the standard of applicants seems to keep rising as well,” he said.
“Jeremy is committed to building strong working relationships between producers and businesses in the beef industry and displays a high level of professionalism in everything he does. We’re confident he has a bright future in the agricultural sector.”
State finalists will attend a three-day program in Canberra on 22-24 August 2016, networking with staff from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, learning effective communication techniques, developing their leadership skills, and participating in Cattle Council committee meetings.
The 2016 winner will be announced at a gala dinner on 24 August.