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2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest Season Opens

2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest Season Opens

8 August 2014

Young Farmers from around the country will be sharpening their agricultural skills over the coming weeks and months as entries are now open for the 2015 season of the ANZ Young Farmer Contest.

The season is set to launch in Taupo Friday 3rd October with the first district final, Bay of Plenty, held Saturday 4th October in Tihoi.

District finals run from October to December and are the entry level for the ANZ Young Farmer Contest. Entry is open and free to all paid members of New Zealand Young Farmers between the ages of 15-31 (entrants must be under 31 years of age at 1st January 2015). Competition hopefuls can enter online at www.youngfarmers.co.nz

The ANZ Young Farmer Contest is New Zealand’s Ultimate Rural Challenge. It inspires excellence, showcases the innovation and growth in the agriculture sector and helps develop young kiwi farmers become the leaders of tomorrow.

Contestants of all skill levels are encouraged to enter to improve their personal and agricultural skills. “The District Finals are such a good opportunity to test yourself against your peers, but also in an environment where fun and enjoyment is also high on the agenda,” said New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Terry Copeland.

“I am really looking forward to seeing the amazing array of skills and ability many of our Young Farmer members have during the 2015 ANZ Young Farmer Contest season,” said Mr Copeland.

The top eight district final competitors from each region will go through to their regional final and battle it out for their share of the $14,000 worth of prizes. The top performer at the regional level will earn a spot at the Grand Final where they will vie for the coveted title of ANZ Young Farmer Contest Champion and a piece of the $117,000 prize pool.

The seven Grand Finalists, one from each region, will meet in Taupo 2-4 July 2015 for a gruelling few days of competition where contestants will be put through a diverse range of practical, theoretical and technical challenges covering all aspects of agriculture including an HR challenge and a business presentation. The Grand Final culminates in a live-televised quiz show.

The contest not only offers cash prizes and products from ANZ, Ravensdown, Silver Fern Farms, Honda, Vodafone and Husqvarna there are also several scholarships and awards for career development programs from AGMARDT and Lincoln University.

For more information visit www.youngfarmers.co.nz

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