Meet our evokeAG. 2020 Future Young Leaders – George Stacey

25 year-old George Stacey grew up on a cattle station in North-Western Queensland. His parents ran an enterprise which was ‘grass-focussed’. This in turn completely transformed their beef business. It was their passion for regenerative agriculture and their deep respect to look after their land which has led George into a career in regenerative agriculture.

What’s the one message you hope to instil with delegates at evokeAG. 2020?

We need to change the way we manage our resources, specifically our precious soils. This will create a foundation which we can build resilient rural businesses that keep farming families on the land and attract the world best thinkers to our industry. Shifting from a productivity-based paradigm to a whole of system approach is crucial in securing the future of Australian agriculture and agriculture around the world.

Can you tell us about your family’s station and why it was important for you to adopt regenerative farming practices?

My parents worked on the notion that leaf creates leaf and that maximising rest periods can allow the country to regenerate while building diversity above and below the ground. This was achieved through splitting paddocks into cells that were grazed on a rotational system and shifting focus from beef production to grass production. In doing so, we were not only able to drastically improve the productivity of the country, but also the health of the landscape and animals it was supporting.

Can you tell us more about where you work and what you do?

My parents sold our family-run station in 2012 whilst I was studying at uni. Since this time, I have worked across a number of different industries along-side some incredibly smart farmers and graziers. From there, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in consulting where I could still be connected with the land and agriculture, but significantly widen my circle of influence in the industry. I’m a Project Officer at RCS Australia, a provider of holistically integrated education and advisory services to the agricultural industry. We work with individuals, families, corporates and government groups, empowering them to grow productive, profitable agricultural businesses within regenerative landscapes. It’s a very rewarding and fulfilling role.

Why is your work important to you? 

Continual degradation and desertification of our precious farmland not only impacts our capacity to produce high quality food and fibre, it also threatens our social licence to farm the land as our ability to responsibly manage our resources is called into question by the wider public. I want to see Australian producers realise their potential as leaders in the world food industry and represent a country that is admired for its ability to grow high quality produce in a responsible and regenerative manner. Producers who actively seek to collaborate and empower each other move the entire industry forward.

What are you most looking forward to about evokeAG. 2020?

I’m really excited to meet the other Future Young Leaders. I feel we are currently going through a generational change over where many of the nation’s young people are stepping into managerial roles within the industry and I look forward to meeting a few of these leaders. There is a great amount of optimism and excitement in agriculture at the moment and I’m excited to see what the two day event will bring. I know it will be a great networking opportunity.

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