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2022 FMG Junior Young Farmers of the Year

Amelia Ridgen —

In the last week of term 2, Erin Humm and Amelia Ridgen (both year 13) competed at the 2022 FMG Junior Young Farmers of the Year Grand Final in Whangārei and came away with the win.

The girls took home a whole raft of prizes, worth over $1,700 each for their win, they also topped the points in the face-off competition. 

The win makes them the second ever all-female pair to win the coveted title. 

The win was announced on Friday night at the awards ceremony at Semenoff Stadium, after two days of stiff competition and a final bid for points with the top five teams competing head-to-head in a buzzer-style quiz. 

Cameron Brans and Quinn Redpath from Napier Boys’ High School were named runners-up. Third place was awarded to another pair of young women, Tia Fowle and Renee Zwagerman, ex-Southland Girls’ High School students. 

14 teams of two from across the country traveled to Whangārei for the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Grand Final, an agricultural and primary industries contest for high school students. The contest consists of practical and theory components, such as a 5-minute speech, 90-minute exam, 7 modules ranging from wool classing to fire fighting as well as building a bridge over a threatened waterway. 

The girls found the win extremely empowering and really encourage anyone thinking about agriculture or primary industries in the future to have a go and enter their regional Junior Young Farmer competition. 

We’ve met so many friendly and like-minded people and learnt so much through our journey in the competition, and had so much fun doing it.

Young women take out FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year