Australia’s heartbeat – Agriculture - showcased to our next generation at AgVision 2017
Posted on : 31 July 2017
For another year Sydney Showground has been “Ag Central”, hosting AgVision, the annual expo showcasing the agriculture sector to NSW year 9 and 11 students.
AgVision is designed to encourage high school students to consider a career in the agriculture sector, whether they are currently in rural or regional areas, or metropolitan Sydney.
This year’s AgVision has seen more than 500 students from over 30 NSW schools descend on the Sydney Showground and learn about agriculture through 50 hand chosen workshops.
These include seminars and workshops on beef, dairy, wool and poultry production, bee keeping, the veterinary sciences, aquaculture, helicopter mustering, animal husbandry, sheep shearing and even the increasing reliance on “drones” in agriculture.
And it seems by some of the comments from students who have taken part in the day that AgVision has piqued their interest;
“Ag vision showed me new ways of how technology is used in agriculture,” said student Amy.
“I learnt about measuring cows and it was inspiring and influences me to get a career in agriculture,” said Josh.
Damon, another participant studying Agriculture at a Sydney-based High School said this of AgVision;
“I learnt the importance of agriculture in our community and it inspires me to consider a career in it.
AgVision is designed to be thought provoking and it seems year on year it is achieving that aim;
“I learnt how technology is changing agriculture, how important agriculture is to our diets and how many different types of agriculture there are. Ag Vision influenced me to consider bee keeping,” said student Sam.
Agriculture accounts for more than $12b in production value for the NSW economy each year, 25% of the entire Australian output.
Royal Agricultural Society of NSW General Manager Murray Wilton says AgVision is a very important aspect of the organisation’s charter to assist rural and regional NSW communities.
“The importance of youth keeping our agriculture sector not only ticking along but developing and improving cannot be overstated,” Mr Wilton said.
“The inspiration they can gain from something as simple as a visit to AgVision can spark a career in agriculture and the technological ‘smarts’ that our youth of today have can only benefit agriculture more widely,” he said.
In 2018 AgVision will be hosted by Junee High School in the Riverina, the RAS’ standing AgVision partner.
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