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Victorian government on Middle East agribusiness trade mission

Published on February 21, 2013 by admin

BUSINESS deals done in the Middle East require a good introduction. For businesses to be taken seriously, that introduction has to come with some political punch. This is according to Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh, speaking to Weekly Times Now ahead of a Victorian Government-lead Middle East trade mission which sets off on Saturday. Seventy five… read more

A-plus for Muresk’s tertiary comeback

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Agribusiness leaders have welcomed moves to tackle a skills shortage in the industry by restoring a tertiary business degree course at Muresk Institute. The traditional career launching pad for rural industry leaders in WA looks set to reopen after the CY O’Connor Institute and Charles Sturt University in NSW reached an in-principle agreement to offer… read more

Oz takes global food market lead

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AUSTRALIA is taking charge of a key global committee on food markets. Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig said Australia was elected to chair the G20’s Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS) at a meeting in Washington overnight. Mr Ludwig said the 12-month appointment would allow Australia to guide international discussions on food markets. “Through our participation in… read more

Ag skills focus

Published on February 19, 2013 by admin

THE struggle to find well-trained employees is becoming a growing concern for many Queensland producers and businesses. National Farmers Federation president Jock Laurie says there is no doubt agriculture presents a viable career but more needs to be done to inform the wider public. He said the agricultural industry employs 307,000 Australians directly or 1.6… read more

Robots find themselves at home on the farm

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ROBO-FARMERS capable of identifying each individual fruit on a tree and its degree of ripeness could reduce the manual tasks of farming and increase efficiency, developers say. University of Sydney mechatronics experts are developing robotic devices with the ability to autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their surroundings. A push for Australia to become the… read more

Brightest and best needed to commit to careers in agriculture and horticulture

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On a global basis agriculture and horticulture face immense pressures, because of a loss of political influence and low levels of interest by young people in pursuing careers in land-based industries, says New Zealand Emeritus Professor Ian Warrington. The former Massey University deputy vice-chancellor is a board member of the International Society for Horticultural Science…. read more

Sharp rise in interest in agriculture course at universities

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SCHOOL leavers are flocking to agricultural courses at universities across Australia in a sharp turnaround because of world food security fears, good graduate jobs and the desire to work with animals. Applications for some agricultural courses have jumped by 50 to 90 per cent this year, while demand is up everywhere. The University of Adelaide’s… read more

Blueprint maps out future for Australian agriculture

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The National Farmers Federation has launched a comprehensive blueprint for Australian agriculture, setting priorities for the sector out as far as 2050. The Blueprint for Australian Agriculture was 18 months in the making and is the product of consultations and conversations with farmers, agribusinesses, government and community groups; 3,700 people made submissions to the process… read more

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