RAS bets on the future of agriculture
Posted on : 20 December 2019
This year the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) taught and inspired more than 12,000 students, worked with 1,400 teachers and travelled 3,500 km to complete over 100 hrs of face to face learning.
An ambassador for regional and rural New South Wales, the not-for-profit organisation has been on a mission to support and facilitate agricultural learning and as the year comes to a close it’s celebrating the results.
General Manager, Agriculture and the Sydney Royal Easter Show, Murray Wilton says the future of the Australian agriculture industry starts with education. “We’ve seen a huge impact since the mandatory introduction of agriculture into the NSW curriculum this year, and to ensure its continued impact the RAS has been assisting teachers by sharing knowledge and inspiring the next generation,” Mr Wilton said.
“Attendance numbers for our biennial careers expo, AgVision 2019, almost doubled this year. To me, that’s a positive sign that people are recognising the importance of the industry and the fantastic opportunities available.”
As the RAS continues to support agricultural education in 2020, it has also provided $300,000 worth of scholarships to regional and rural students studying at University and TAFE through its RAS Foundation (RASF). “While we cannot make it rain, douse bushfires or control Mother Nature, we can support, educate and provide opportunities for many involved in the agricultural sector,” Mr Wilton said.
“I am proud to say the RAS Foundation was able to give $1.2 million to NSW communities through scholarships, community grants and our kitchen goods and Christmas toys initiative this year.
“In 2020 we hope to continue these efforts, supporting our industry, its future leaders and where possible bring joy to communities during tough times, even if it’s as simple as a toy under the Christmas tree.”
For further information on what that RAS has done this year, please see our 2019 statistics.