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FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year

Welcome to the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contest, where the next generation of Young Farmers can showcase their skills and passion for the food and fibre sector.

Twins Zoe and Millar McElrea representing the Otago Southland Region are our Season 55 FMG Junior Young Farmers of the Year.

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Register for 2024
18 October 2023

Registrations open

  • Compete in teams of two
  • Registrations are open to those between the age of 13 and 18
  • Register here

Regional Finals

  • Seven Regional Final Contests around New Zealand
  • Winners move to the Grand Final
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July 2024

Grand Final

  • Two-day competition. 2024 Grand Final held in Hamilton, 11-13 July 2024.
  • Winners are crowned FMG Junior Young Farmers of the Year.
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FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year

What to expect

FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year is a chance for high school students to challenge themselves, have a bit of fun, and learn something new.

Prepare for an exciting experience that tests your knowledge, problem-solving abilities, and practical farming skills. 

  • Seven regional finals across the country
  • Demonstrate your hands-on expertise in real-life farming situations. Navigate through tasks that simulate the everyday challenges faced by farmers.
  • Engage in interactive sessions, meet other competitors, and build meaningful connections that can shape your future in farming.

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Learn something new

You'll be challenged to a range of modules all testing your knowledge of the primary industries. The contest is designed to challenge and inspire you, pushing you to new heights in your agricultural pursuits.

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Prizes and Recognition

Win exciting prizes thanks to our sponsor family and gain well-deserved recognition for your hard work and dedication. Stand proud as a young farmer and inspire others to follow in your footsteps.

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Build Connections

Connect with like-minded individuals, industry experts, and mentors who share your love for farming. Build a strong network that will support you throughout your career.

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Frequently asked questions

How many people are in a team?

A team is two people 

What are the tasks at Regional Finals?

All teams complete seven modules for a score out of 350 points. From there, the five highest-scoring teams go head-to-head in a buzzer-style quiz. The top two teams will qualify to represent their region at Grand Final. 

How do I register a team?

You can register a team on the NZYF website. Entries close at 11:59pm the Sunday prior to the event.  

Entries usually open each year mid-September.

How can we prepare for the contest?

All teams will receive some “tips & tricks” in the week leading up to the contest. Also, take a look at our family of sponsors and think about what challenges they might set. 

I missed the deadline, can I still enter a team?

If registrations are closed, please get in touch with the NZYF team here.

Registrations have sold out, can I join a waitlist?

Yes, you can join the waitlist. We will notify you if a place opens up and you’ll have 48 hours to enter a team. There is room for 35 teams per Regional Final. 

When do we know what round our team is in?

Every team will receive event information in the week leading up to the event, including what time they will be competing. Round allocation is based on the distance between a team’s school and the Contest venue.  

How much does it cost to enter a team?

There’s a $10 entry fee per team 

I’m enrolled in a tertiary training programme – can I enter the contest?

The FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year contest is only open to students currently enrolled in High School.

If you're studying in tertiary education, including land-based training, the best option is to join NZYF and enter the FMG Young Farmer of the Year Contest

Can I sign up for email updates?

Yes! To receive email updates about AgriKids and the FMG Junior Young Farmer of the Year Contests, sign up here.  

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