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Nationals launch Asia focussed ag policy

Published on January 31, 2013 by admin

Western Australia’s farming future lies in Asia, the Minister for Agriculture and Food signalled in launching a $300 million agriculture policy last week. Nationals MLA Terry Redman announced the five-year funding package as he started campaigning to retain his seat representing the Warren Blackwood district. WA must overcome a number of barriers if it was… read more

Students flock to agriculture courses

Published on January 20, 2013 by admin

THE number of students applying to study agriculture at universities across Australia has leapt by more than 15 per cent this year, fuelling hopes the rural skills crisis may soon end. Victorian Higher Education Minister Peter Hall announced a 14 per cent rise in the number of students offered tertiary places to study agriculture in… read more

Interest in agriculture high

Published on January 17, 2013 by admin

Australian universities are reporting a huge increase in the interest to study agriculture at university this year. As offers were sent to prospective students on Thursday 18 January, the University of Melbourne said offers to study a Bachelor of Agriculture have doubled since last year. Professor Rick Roush, Dean of School of Land and Environment… read more

Agriculture a better investment than cars

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National Party MPs said government support to develop Australia’s agricultural assets would be a better investment than subsidising foreign car makers, after General Motors and Toyota said they may seek additional taxpayer assistance. “It stands to reason that we are more likely to be exporting food to South-East Asia than exporting cars,” said Senator Barnaby… read more

Growing markets for Vietnam’s veggies

Published on January 16, 2013 by admin

University of Adelaide agricultural graduate Rebecca McBride has been helping farmers in Vietnam take their vegetables to market. As agricultural marketing officer working on an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project, Rebecca spent 12 months helping women from poor families in the north-west highlands to grow and market local indigenous vegetables in rapidly… read more

New scholarships for study at Dookie campus and Hume region

Published on January 13, 2013 by admin

The University of Melbourne is offering twelve scholarships of $5000 each for the Diploma in General Studies which will be based at the Dookie campus near Shepparton, and four other locations in the Hume region from 2013. The Diploma in General Studies provides an opportunity to study Science, Commerce, Environments or Agriculture as a sampler… read more

Number of agriculture students expected to rise

Published on January 10, 2013 by admin

Australian universities are expecting the number of students enrolling in agriculture to rise following years of decline. It couldn’t come at a better time — according to the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (ACDA) workforce shortages are so bad that there are six jobs for every graduate at the moment. Radio National Breakfast Presenter… read more

Farming students pour in after drought

Published on January 6, 2013 by admin

Universities are expecting a surge in the number of farming students this year after a long dry spell marked by declining enrolments nationally and closures of agriculture courses. The Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture said the number of school leavers last year who put agriculture degrees as their first preference for study had jumped… read more

$5000 scholarship offered for ag students

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A Government-run scholarship is offering first-year university students $5000 per annum if they study an agriculture-related degree. The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation in partnership with industry sponsors and not only offers students financial support but also work placements, mentoring and professional development opportunities. The Horizon Scholarship also provides… read more

Oz to help China’s ag plans

Published on January 2, 2013 by admin

AUSTRALIAN and Chinese officials have agreed to work more closely to boost investment and research in agriculture in northern Australia. Trade Minister Craig Emerson released a report, Feeding the Future, which involved input from the government and private sector in Australia and China.The report recommended that the federal, Queensland, Northern Territory and West Australian governments… read more

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