Cattle Council of Australia’s seven state finalists have travelled to Canberra to take part in this year’s Nab Agribusiness Rising Champions Initiative.   The three-day intensive program and will provide contestants with the opportunity to meet key leaders of the Australian beef industry.   The overall champion of this year’s NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative will attend the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference and Young leaders Program in Mexico this October.   The runner up will receive sponsorship to attend the 2016 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program provided by the Australian Beef Industry Foundation   The Beef Industry Rising Champions will also have the opportunity to meet the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Joel Fitzgibbon and key policy makers from the Department of Agriculture.    “Agricultural Minister Joyce and Shadow Minister Joel Fitzgibbon have been strong supporters of the Rising Champions Initiative and we are grateful for their time.”   “It is exciting and reassuring that the beef industry is producing such eager, passionate young people for the future”   “Cattle Council look forward to seeing our finalists shine throughout the next 3 days as the 2015 Risng Champion is determined.” Mr. Matz said.   This year’s finalists are: ·        Kevin Stark, Victoria ·        Geoff Birchnell, NSW ·        Emily Bryant, WA ·        Bronte James, NT ·        Sam Wright, Queensland ·        Kitty Sheridan, SA ·        Alison Horswill, Tasmania   Cattle Council would like to thank the following sponsors of the Rising Champions initiative: ·        NAB Agribusiness ·        McDonalds Australia ·        Fairfax Media ·        Australian Beef Industry Foundation ·        RB Sellars   For enquiries and participant biographies: Heidi Eldridge, +61 417 249 506 or heldridge@cattlecouncil.com.au     Ends