This month the Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) announced recipients of the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience program.

“We are delighted to be one of the many worthy recipients of the Future Drought Fund’s program and are excited about the opportunities it will provide our members” said Kari Moffat, Chair of the Young Livestock Exporter’s Network (YLEN).

The funding will allow YLEN to grow services for members, specifically an online portal for them to be able to access a multi-platform educational and capacity-building program.

“For us this is the next step in sustainably resourcing the organisation. Over the past 3 years we’ve gone from strength to strength, with the Network now having more than 250 members nationally,” said Ms. Moffat.

The funding was provided to regional organisations that assist in the preparation and strengthening of regional communities and their response to drought and climate change.

“This announcement, coupled with the $25,000 raised last week at the YLEN-Georgina Pastoral Future NTCA event in Darwin, as well as the constant support members, have placed the Network on a strong footing. I’m so proud of how far the Network has come and to have the support of DAWE and Minister Littleproud is fantastic.”

Last year YLEN provided more than 50 training positions across 9 separate programs to its members and this year is looking to grow further on these opportunities. YLEN is focused on encouraging young people to become involved in the livestock export supply chain as well as offering pathways for those in the industry to further their professional development.

Details of YLEN program opportunities will be announced in the coming months, with information made available through the YLEN website and social media platforms.