A YEAR after the tragic death of young Queensland cattle industry leader Lachlan Hughes, a charity foundation has been established in his memory with a focus on furthering his passion for regenerative agricultural practices.
Mr Hughes lost his life in a farm accident in October 2018, and a group of friends, colleagues and family has now established the Lachlan Hughes Foundation in his memory.
His dream of using regenerative agricultural practices to improve and preserve grazing lands, has become the central theme of the project.
The Foundation’s aims are to support people who are motivated ‘to do’, who are ‘implementers of change’ and ‘champions of regenerative agriculture.’
“We all passionately wanted, and needed, to continue the amazing work Lachlan had been doing on regenerative agriculture, natural sequence farming, soil regeneration, composting, water retention and much more,” his father Philip Hughes said.
Lachlan’s wife Anna Hughes spoke briefly at the Young Beef Producer’s forum in Roma last week, launching the foundation with a call for applicants for a scholarship to be announced in December, via its website (click here to access).
A scholarship will provide funding for recipients to attend training courses to access further knowledge on regenerative practices. A project-based approach will ensure skill development, and a mentoring process will be implemented to provide support and opportunities for network building.
“We aim to build leaders in regenerative agricultural practices and support them to lead change,” the group’s website says.
Mindful of the need to continue to attract funds and donations for the project, the foundation has organised for the sale of donated livestock at the weekly Roma store sale next Tuesday 26 November, with sale proceeds to the fund.