Teaching the teachers about advances in agriculture

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Teaching the teachers about advances in agriculture
Monday, 9 Jan 2017

A pork cooking demonstration from renowned Australian chef Fast Ed and tours to a cotton farm, a cattle feedlot and a winery are among the highlights of a special four day conference for agricultural educators being held in Brisbane this week.

More than 120 teachers from right across Australia will come together for the 'Ideas to Grow With' Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educators Conference to learn about the latest techniques and technology being used to teach agriculture in schools.

AgForce School to Industry Liaison officer Tanya Nagle said connecting young Queenslanders with agriculture was vital for the industry to flourish into the future.

"Farming has changed significantly over the years and today's educators need to know how modern agriculture is adapting to continue to feed and clothe us sustainably while also protecting the environment for future generations," she said.

"Our children need to know where their food and fibre comes from, and they need to know there are many opportunities to get a job in agriculture.

"This week's conference will be the largest of its kind held in Queensland. Our goal is to bring cutting edge technology concepts to the classrooms, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – to ensure our teachers are equipped to teach the next generation of our industry.

"Teachers will be up-skilled on current agricultural practices and equipped with the knowledge of the wide range of career and training opportunities for students in plants, animal, science and rural industries.

"It will also demonstrate that the primary industries are a valuable and high-tech industry operating at the cutting-edge of science and technology and bring agriculture back into the forefront of education by showing teachers that agriculture is vital to our future prosperity."

The conference starts today at the Mercure Brisbane with a range of guest speakers and workshop sessions, followed by industry tours over the next two days and more workshops on Thursday.

The event is an initiative of the AgForce School to Industry Partnership Program, which is funded by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Fast Ed is attending the conference as a representative of Australian Pork Limited.

More details, including the full program and information about the industry tours, is available via the Event and Initiatives tab.

Media Contacts: Sarah Henderson 0427 626 853

Teaching the teachers about advances in agriculture

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