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James Bidstrup 2014

James Bidstrup is competing for the opportunity to represent WA at the 2019 evokeAG conference. Photo: Roxy Schoof.

Agricultural Science graduate and soon-to-be Esperance resident James Bidstrup is competing for the opportunity to represent WA at the nation’s agrifood international technology conference in 2019. The evokeAG event, held in Melbourne, offers the opportunity for leaders in the farming, technology, research, innovation, business, government and finance industry to connect and solve the most pressing issues facing agriculture.

With just two places available, Mr Bidstrup said he was determined to fill one and talk to the attendees about his vision for the industry. “Agriculture has been a lifelong passion and now I’m in a position to give back to the industry and ensure that the next generation in agriculture continues to get great opportunities like evokeAG,” he said.

“Being a part of the evokeAG Conference gives me the chance to bring home some of the new technology and research done by the brightest minds in the agriculture industry and educate people on how to help address some of the challenges our industry faces.

“The amazing support and connections available – I want to be part of that going forward.”

Having always had a passion for agriculture, James took to studying Agricultural Science at the University of Western Australia after graduating year 12 at Denmark Agricultural College.

James has since worked for CBH and volunteered as a stock handler for sheep and cattle breeders, leading the team that won the inaugural Young Farmers Challenge at the 2018 Dowerin Field Day.

Next month, James will make the move to the Esperance region to take up his dream job as an agronomist for Elders. The move is set to feel very much like coming home for the graduate, whose great grandparents pioneered the Sunrise Hill farm at Salmon Gums and the Peninsula mine at Norseman before retiring in Esperance.



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