​Media release

Minister welcomes Young Farmers Programme

11 September 2018

  • Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud welcomes McDonald’s and Charles Sturt University Young Farmers Programme.
  • Two undergraduate students will be paid $15,000 for a 12 week placement within the McDonald’s supply chain.
  • Helping young people gain relevant, practical and on the job skills.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has welcomed a new joint program by McDonald’s and Charles Sturt University (CSU) to give young farmers a go to gain on the job skills in the McDonald’s supply chain.

The Macca’s and CSU Young Farmers Programme will see two undergraduate students per year paid $15,000 while they get out in the field for a 12-week placement as they prepare to work in Australia’s modern, cutting edge agricultural industry.

“Most people wouldn’t put much thought into what’s beyond those golden arches,” Minister Littleproud said.
                                                                                                
“The reality is the McDonald’s agricultural footprint is huge and full of opportunities for our young farmers. 

“As part of the initiative, the two interns who are both studying agricultural science at CSU, will get a good understanding of the fast food industry and its role in the agricultural supply chain.

“This program will give budding young Aussie farmers a leg up, insight into the business world and potentially set them up for a lifelong career.”

Minister Littleproud said fast food chains used significant volumes of Australian produce.

“I look forward to the second round-table meeting with fast food companies around country of origin labelling,” Minister Littleproud said.

“At the last meeting major fast food providers, including McDonald’s, were warm to the idea of displaying Country of Origin percentages on their standard menu items.

“Aussies deserve to know where their food comes from, how much is off Aussie farms and to have the ability to choose what they put in their mouths.”

Fast Facts
  • The first fast food forum on 2 May agreed to meet again to work through technical issues in coming months.
  • The second forum to track progress will be held in the coming months.
  • Country of Origin Labelling becomes law for packaged foods on July 1.