City square turns farm in virtual event

Published on December 18, 2012 by admin

CITY slickers would have been forgiven for thinking that Martin Place looked and smelt a little different this week, with cattle, sheep and farmers descending on the busy Sydney square. As part of an innovative campaign by Target 100, Martin Place transformed from the usual concrete jungle into a virtual farm, complete with livestock, bushland… read more

AgNext looks to the future

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DESPITE the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting this week that there was 19,700 fewer people farming in 2011 than in 2006 and that an average of 294 farmers were lost every month during the past 30 years, farmers are fighting back, trying to turn their industry and its image around. The Year of the… read more

WA’s agriculture and food industry promoted in China

Published on December 14, 2012 by admin

WESTERN Australia’s innovative agriculture and food sector has been highlighted in China to support continued development of trade and investment opportunities. Speaking at a public seminar organised by the Zhejiang Academy of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, Department of Agriculture and Food Director General Rob Delane outlined the consumer benefits of Western Australia’s food products…. read more

Chief Scientist says knowledge, not food, is our biggest farm export

Published on December 11, 2012 by admin

The nation’s chief scientist says Australia’s biggest contribution to future food security won’t be locally-produced food, but agricultural know-how. The Office of the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has today released a discussion paper identifying agricultural research and development as a priority area for public investment. Professor Chubb says it’s currently estimated that Australian-produced food… read more

Report highlights need for ag education

Published on November 30, 2012 by admin

CAREERS within the Victorian agriculture sector are ripe for the picking. That’s according to a report by the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee. Committee chair, David Southwick, said the report, Inquiry into agricultural education and training in Victoria, demonstrated agriculture needed to be re-positioned as career of choice for Victorian students. There is something… read more

Pledge to boost ag education image

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THE State Government has promised to convene an industry roundtable to tackle the agricultural education crisis. The roundtable will investigate how to open career pathways into agriculture and promote the success of the industry. The Government today released the response to the Rural and Regional Committees Inquiry into the capacity of the farming sector to… read more

Machinery sector offers career opportunities

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WHILE the lucrative mining sector might be attracting attention as the industry of employment choice for young people, Australia’s agricultural industry is crying out for skilled young people.The agricultural machinery sector, for example, is a strong and growing segment ripe with opportunities, attractive salaries and lifelong careers. Tractor and Machinery Association executive director Richard Lewis… read more

Primary industry educators gather in Canberra

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20 September 2012 Representatives of 11 high  performing school and industry partnerships from around Australia have gathered in Canberra to develop partnerships that give students real–world exposure to the many exciting career prospects in agriculture.Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the two–day forum, which received $100,000 of funding from the Australian Government, will build links… read more

Australia’s food continues to shine on the world stage

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16 October 2012 World Food Day, today, is a valuable opportunity to better understand the important role Australia’s food producers play in stopping hunger around the globe. First held in 1979 to raise awareness of food security and agricultural issues, World Food Day is celebrated during the annual Committee on World Food Security, which meets… read more

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