The competition was managed by AgCommunicators and supported by the GRDC and SAGIT with in-kind support provided by the Royal Agricultural & Horticultural Society.
Seed to Store was the first YouTube competition ever run by the Royal Adelaide Show. This new concept has provided a quality activity for engaging young people, especially students, in grain production.
AgCommunicators – Belinda Cay, Peter Angus & Deanna Lush and Andrew “Cosi” Costello.
GRDC – Kathleen Allen.
SAGIT – Malcolm Buckby.
The competition aimed to connect the community with food production and showcased the grains sector as being modern, innovative and sustainable. It also helped get the grains sector into social media in an informal and engaging manner.
The inaugural Seed to Store YouTube clip competition ran complementary to the Royal Adelaide Show’s prize schedule and called on South Australians to develop a short video clip promoting grains. 22 entries were received with the majority from secondary schools.
The core objectives of the project were:
In the field
To encourage participation, a selection of advertising materials were used. An email in line with the branding was sent to all farming systems groups and the AgCommunicators database (over 800 SA growers/advisers).
Flyers were developed and distributed with A3 posters and flyers sent to 50 South Australian secondary schools, University of Adelaide, Flinders University, University of South Australia and TAFE SA. A4 posters were sent to agricultural organisations.
Peter Angus and Belinda Cay presented the concept to students at Urrbrae Agricultural High School, Nuriootpa High School, Booleroo Centre District School, Balaklava High School, Xavier College, Westminster College, Trinity College and Prince Alfred College.
Belinda Cay, Deanna Lush and Peter Angus reviewed the 22 entries and using the judging criteria selected a top 5 entries for review by the official judging panel. Certificates and RA&HS prize ribbons were arranged for entrants. Congratulatory letters were sent to each participant and all finalists received free entry tickets from the RA&HS.
The judging panel comprised of Kathleen Allan (GRDC), Malcolm Buckby (SAGIT) and Andrew “Cosi” Costello from “South Aussie with Cosi”. A criteria for judging was developed to ensure clear and consistent judging. The winner was selected with the highest cumulative points.
This was the first time the Royal Adelaide Show ran the Seed to Store contest as a competitive entry. The show provided extremely positive feedback at how the initiative was run and delivered.
Kathleen Allan said she was thrilled at how the initiative increased awareness of the role of food production in Australia. She further said that the “competition is an exciting initiative which allows agriculture to be promoted through social media, which is fundamental in reaching the young generation of consumers.”
Value for growers
Former SAGIT Trustee David Shannon believes it is important to remind people where their food comes from, and was excited that the YouTube clip competition gave entrants the opportunity to showcase modern, innovative and sustainable farming.