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New Zealand Young Farmers membership exceeds 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 23/10/12

New Zealand Young Farmers membership exceeds 2000

New Zealand Young Farmers is celebrating a milestone with their membership reaching over 2000 members. New Zealand Young Farmers is a progressive and dynamic social network for rural youth which develops the leadership and personal skills of its members through participation and achievement.

Founded in 1932 New Zealand Young Farmers is in its 80th year with over 90 Clubs around New Zealand.

Only seven years ago membership sat at just 450 people. Since then there has been a steady increase year by year and to reach 2000 members is hugely significant and rewarding for this non-profit organisation.

New Zealand Young Farmers CEO Richard Fitzgerald says, "to reach 2000 members is an important milestone for Young Farmers. It has been many years since we have had this number of members so it’s a good sign the organisation is in a healthy position”.

In the early 90’s membership was last at where it is today and with the introduction of programmes such as AgriKids and TeenAg over previous year’s highlights the organisation is dedicated to growing the skills and opportunities of the younger generation and developing them into fully fledged New Zealand Young Farmer members.

Mr Fitzgerald says “the really exciting thing about this is what is going on within the organisation. Over the past few years Young Farmers has continued as a fun place for people to connect, meet their mates and it is also building the leadership and personal skills of these people too. It is a good combination and is working well".

The New Zealand Young Farmers website and other social media platforms are a great medium for communication and exchange of ideas to help Clubs and individuals connect with one another.

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