Grains and agronomy camp success

RYCAGs 2017: The 2017 group of Rotary Youth Crops, Agronomy, Grain and Seed Camp. Photo: TAYLOR JURD.
RYCAGs 2017: The 2017 group of Rotary Youth Crops, Agronomy, Grain and Seed Camp. Photo: TAYLOR JURD.

Australia’s future leaders in agriculture spent last week gaining hands-on experience and expert advice on agronomy at this year’s Rotary Youth Crops, Agronomy, Grain and Seed (RYCAGS) camp.

Twenty-three students from as far as Scone, Parkes Louth, Grenfell, Canowindra and beyond took part in the camp where they visited farm machinery business Geronimo, Fletchers Grain, feedlot Mirambee and Chesterfield.

Alice Hayes, 15, Parkes spoke to the Western Magazine on Tuesday when the group were visiting Fletchers Grain terminal. Alice said she recommends the camp to anyone interested in agriculture.

“It’s been a really good experience.. I’ve learnt a lot about the industry,” she said.

Fletch Taylor, 16, who lives 25 kilometres from Grenfell, agreed with Alice.

Fletch, who plans on working on his family’s sheep and cropping property, said RYCAGS had given him further insight into the industry.

“RYCAGS gives you a great background into the cropping and grain industry,” he said.

RYCAGS gives you a great background into the cropping and grain industry

Fletch Taylor, student.

“It gives you so much inspiration.

“One of the things we’re reminded is make sure you do what you want to do in life.”

RYCAGS co-ordinator Geoff Smith said it had been another successful camp and was great to see recurring sponsors and supporters return, including Tocal College and Fletchers grain, as well as the addition to farm equipment business Geronimo come on board.