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Young people with a passion for agriculture

YOUNG GUNS: Poppy the heifer with Generation Ag committee members Samantha Chilton and James and Jane Dockrill.
YOUNG GUNS: Poppy the heifer with Generation Ag committee members Samantha Chilton and James and Jane Dockrill. Samantha Elley

WHILE the farming fraternity seems to be getting older, there is a small group of young people who want to bring agricultural awareness to their peers.

Jane and James Dockrill, of Clovass, and Samantha Chilton, of Kyogle, are part of a small group of 18-35-year- olds called Generation Ag, who love anything to do with agriculture.

James works full-time on the farm, raising cattle and running a 140-sow piggery with his parents.

James and Jane also have a fitting business, where they prepare cattle for other people to show.

We want to help with growth, development and connections through agriculture industries...we hold our meetings in pubs.

Samantha is a physiotherapist with a strong interest in agriculture and has represented Kyogle and the North Coast as the 2012 show girl in the state finals.

"We are a committee of 18-35-year-olds who want to be a place to foster a love for agriculture," Jane said.

"We want to help with growth, development and connections through agriculture industries.

"We aim to support our local show societies and their movement by strengthening the youth participation."

Samantha said the group was a fun, social setting where they could network with others, from the Tweed to Grafton.

"We hold our meetings in pubs," she laughed.

"We want to strengthen and bring people together here on the North Coast, so we can have better representation at events such as the Young Farmers Challenge in Sydney."

People wanting to get involved with Generation Ag do not have to be farmers, just have a healthy interest in agriculture.

To get involvied, phone Jane Dockrill on 0438 812 240 or visit Generation Ag on Facebook.

Topics:  agriculture young farmers