Editorial - Monday, May 12: JoJo a worthy winner

HAVING the pleasure of working with Grafton Showgirl for 2014 JoJo Newby I can assure the judges they have picked a worthy and passionate winner.

When asked why she joined the request, her forthright answer was "to show young people that milk comes from a cow and not a carton".

Unfashionably JoJo is an advocate for young people becoming involved in agriculture and sees her new role to show off everything the Valley has to offer.

"I feel proud to be representing my region. It feels good to be able to shout from the rooftops about how proud I am of what we do on the land here."

But looking around she can see problems ahead.

"The average age of farmers in the Valley is 53," she said.

"If young people don't get involved who's going to grow the stuff we want to eat?"

JoJo lives at Tucabia and farms on the Lower Coldstream. As anyone who knows her Facebook page she loves nothing better than a day in the paddocks, followed by a night of lively celebrations.

It's a lifestyle which should have a lot to recommend it to the younger generation.

Tim Howard

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