25 September 2015, 15:32
Agritechnica, which takes place 10 – 14 November 2015 in Hanover, Germany, is a renowned global meeting point for farmers, professionals and technical professionals involved in the agricultural industry.
However, the exhibition is not only for established, experienced farmers and industry members looking to buy machinery. With the average age of those attending Agritechnica being 37.5 years, it is clear that the event is a must-attend for the younger generation, with over 20,000 young farmers attending in 2013.
Although every day of the exhibition provides a fantastic opportunity for young farmers to broaden their horizons, Young Farmers Day 2015, Thursday, 12 November 2015 includes a dedicated program of events tailored for the younger generation.
“The day provides a fantastic opportunity for young people to meet and discuss ideas and prospects within the industry,” explains Leonie K. Hug, DLG’s Project Manager for Agritechnica’s Young Farmers Day.
“Since the first Young Farmers Day at Agritechnica in 2003, the day has only grown in importance not only for young professionals already involved in agriculture but also those aiming to enter the industry in one way or another.”
This growing interest has been sparked by the stability and increasing importance of agriculture as an industry with good career prospects.
“Whereas once young people would be dissuaded from considering farming as a viable career on the basis of it being primarily manual and unskilled, the level of technology and opportunity now offered means it is far more of an appealing option for young people leaving school and further education,” adds Leonie K. Hug.
From 10.00 a.m. on Thursday 12 November, the Young Farmers Day technical programme will provide information and the opportunity to ask questions related to ‘Access to the profession, careers and salaries’.
The first topic is ‘A cross-examination of Human Resources (HR) – what the industry is and what opportunities it offers’. HR won’t have occurred to many as an agricultural career, but with many more jobs becoming available in the industry at multiple levels - finding, recruiting and retaining staff will never have been so crucial.
At 11.00 a.m. participants in the DLG/IAB trainee program will present their experiences of starting a career in agricultural machinery and in agriculture.
‘I did it my way’ is the next session, which starts at 12.00 and involves young professionals telling their stories and experiences from both Germany and abroad.
At 14.00 the spotlight will turn on education. Titled ‘We are the future’, this session will discuss the teaching profession as a career for those interested in agriculture.
Is there a blueprint for the perfect member of staff? ‘24/7 – the perfect agricultural worker’ at 15.00 will explore, with the help of HR managers, the challenges and opportunities when recruiting the right person.
The intriguingly titled: ‘From workhorse to cash cow’ session, which takes place at 16.00, investigates conditions, opportunities and salaries in agribusiness. This is a must-attend session for those not only already involved in the sector but those looking at agriculture as a possible career, so they know what to expect.
From 18.00 to 20.00, the educational program culminates in a large, international panel discussion. This year, the focus will be ‘My field, my company, my region’.
Organised by the Young DLG in cooperation with the Young BLU, the Federation of Germal Rural Youth (BDL) and the European Council of Young Farmers (CEJA), the discussion will give young farmers from across the world the opportunity to share both the challenges and opportunities they have recently experienced. This session will be simultaneously translated between German and English, providing the opportunity for lively discussion between the audience and panel members. All other sessions are held in German.
Young Farmers are renowned as being party animals and so perhaps the highlight of Young Farmers Day for many will be the legendary Young Farmers Party, which takes place in the TUI Arena, EXPO Plaza 7 from 20.00. At Agritechnica 2013, more than 4000 young people attended the party, so it’s crucial to organise tickets beforehand.
For those wanting to secure their ticket for this over-18 event early, advance ticket bookings for the Young Farmers Party will be available from 7 September and cost €15. Simply visit https://www.agritechnica.com/en/visitorservice/tickets/.
There is also a dedicated Facebook page for the party www.facebook.com/YoungFarmersParty
Many continuing and long-lasting friendships have resulted from participation in Young Farmers Day and the program is not one to miss.