A young local woman is set to travel to Zambia this month to represent the next generation in agriculture at the Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth’s (RASC) biennial conference.
Guyra’s Ellen Newberry has gained the opportunity to attend the 25th Commonwealth Agricultural Society conference through her role as president of the Agricultural Societies Council’s (ASC) youth group, alongside three other representatives aged from 20-40 selected from across the state.
Ms Newberry and the other ASC representatives have been selected as delegates for the Next Generation forum, held during the conference.
Ms Newberry, whose family comes from cattle property Balvay, east of Guyra, has competed in the Rural Achiever and Showgirl competitions and is also a full Director on the board of the ASC.
After graduating from the University of New England in 2009 with a Bachelor of Agribusiness (Marketing), the 25-year-old has worked as a territory manager for agricultural chemical company Ospray Pty Ltd.
Ms Newberry said she first got involved in the ASC, a NSW-wide group aiming to promote agriculture through the country show movement, around six years ago.
“It started with a little bit of involvement and now I’m attending meetings in Sydney all the time,” she said.
“I’ve been very fortunate through the ASC and have gotten to attend the previous conferences in both New Zealand and Scotland.”
At the next generation forum, Ms Newberry, will speak about the success of the ASC youth group.
Ms Newberry said she plans to spend a couple of extra months in Africa, volunteering in a school in Tanzania.
“I guess it hasn’t really hit yet, although it is quite exciting,” she said.
The conference will run from September 24-27, with Ms Newberry also joining two pre-conference tours.
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