Domestic cattle, Hereford beef herd, grazing in dry grass, Buninyong, Victoria, Australia

Young farmers have four weeks left to pull together an entry for a competition which could win them an all-expenses-paid trip to Australia.

Farmers aged between 18 and 25 are being invited to take part in an essay-writing competition to secure their place at an international conference on the future direction of agriculture.

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The Youth Ag Summit will take place in Canberra, Australia, from 24-28 August and will involve 100 young leaders from about 20 countries.

The theme of the 2015 event will be “Feeding a hungry planet” and participants will be encouraged to share their ideas on how to feed a growing population.

The event is being sponsored by Bayer CropScience, which is offering two Farmers Weekly readers the opportunity to have their say on how agriculture faces up to the challenges of the future.

For a chance to win a place at the conference, entrants must write a 1,500-word essay outlining their ideas on the causes, impacts and possible solutions to global food security.

Using their own village, town, city or country as a point of reference, they must outline the underlying causes of food insecurity, and the effect it can have on a population, both at a local and global level.

Based on this, they will need to explain what changes to agricultural or food chain practices, or personal and community behaviours could help solve these issues to create a more sustainable local and global society.

All entries must be in by 30 January 2015 and have to be uploaded direct to the Youth Ag Summit website where more details of the competition, event and essay question can also be found.