Rural Ambassador Award
I guess it’s fair to say that I’ve got farmer’s blood, after the 110+ years that the Cripps’ have been in the district, farming has always been a keen interest and now being back on the farm full time I’m happy to carry on that legacy.
I must admit that during high school, although I had a great interest in the farm, I hoped that with a good TER score I may be able to chase a different career path, however that wasn’t to be and through a change of priority Curtin let me in to study at the well known Muresk.
The four years that I spent at Muresk provided me with a sound foundation of current agricultural practices, the science and reasoning, the hands-on experience and the well regarded networking skills.
Although some areas of study have faded there is still a great amount of knowledge and experience that I am able to draw on and since graduating I now have the pleasure of working with some of the ag professionals we were introduced to during my studies.
Given how things had progressed and with a shortfall of Ag based graduates the option arose to either enter the workforce as a graduate or move back to the farm, an easy choice and like many of the other graduates that had family farms it was always going to be the case to head home. After coming back to the farm it took some time to get back into things, learning how to incorporate ideas into the farm and essentially re-joining the community.
This has meant me playing a lot of tennis, a bit of squash, a fair amount of hockey, 1 game for the RAMS, participating with the Northern Agri Group and a lot of farm work not to mention the occasional blue.
During my time in the agricultural industry and living in a rural community I was quick to learn that there are thousands of variables that we have to deal with on a regular basis and each needs attention. From the day to day dramas, sporting commitments, farm planning and management, waiting for rain and more involved marketing and production systems, the trade-off between business and community is a balancing act.
The last few years I have been endeavouring to ‘make things easier’ which has seen a transformation in how we now operate our business and something I take to the groups and clubs I am involved in. From my studies to being a part of NAG and participating within the community, I have gained a broad range of skills and knowledge but by all means I still have a lot to learn.
As like many things, there are always problems and issues that need to be overcome and being a member of a rural community we always pull together during times of hardship, to help out our neighbour or mate and make that time of struggle easier to deal with. It is the willingness of people to give things a go that makes community involvement so rewarding, and to see the success of our local teams, clubs and individuals makes the work and effort worthwhile.
I’d like to thank the Northampton Ag Society for giving me this opportunity to represent this great community as its 2017 Rural Ambassador.