Online Agricultural Careers Expo

RuralBiz Training is excited to be hosting an Online Agricultural Careers Expo on Tuesday 14th August from 11am-1pm AEST. Come along to gain great insight into the pathways, opportunities and rewards of a career in Agriculture. Hear from some of Australia’s top Agribusiness about what they look for when recruiting and how to access their […]

New Short Course: Plant Taxonomy

ACS Distance Education have just released a new short course in Plant Taxonomy. Written by John Mason, ACS Principal and a number of ACS academics, including Timothy Walker, former lecturer at Oxford and former Director at Oxford Botanic Gardens and Marie Beerman, who holds a Bachelor and Masters of Science (Horticulture).   Plant Taxonomy is the […]

“What do I need to study?”

If you’re looking to get into the agriculture sector but don’t know what you need to be doing to get there, Southern Forests SEED Program have created a nice little two page document to give you a starting point. While this document is made for a Western Australian audience, most of the course names and […]

Career Harvest is relaunching!

In the coming weeks the Career Harvest website will be having a facelift. With the relaunch of the new website and the start of the new financial year around the corner, Career Harvest is seeking partnerships from educational providers and industry to help Career Harvest become a hub for agricultural careers.   Interested parties are […]

Industry Support: Australian Beef Industry Foundation

If you’re looking for a way to get into the beef industry or need some assistance, the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) is here to help. As a dedicated organisation looking to help support the industry, ABIF provide information and several scholarships and awards.   Head to www.abif.com.au to keep up to date with their […]

2018 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship winners

Fourteen university students from across Australia have been awarded a 2018 AgriFutures™ Horizon Scholarship, in recognition of their leadership potential and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture. The scholarship provides $5,000 per year to assist with study and living expenses for two years of the students’ agricultural related degree. In addition to industry sponsors, […]

Experience Opportunities

It’s not only scholarships and internships that can get you professional experience in the agriculture sector. There are always ways to make yourself more attractive to future employers; from educational experience all the way through to knowledge and passion about the industry. With that in mind, here are a few exciting opportunities coming up in […]

Omnienviro are offering internships

Omnienviro (https://www.omnienviro.com.au/contact/) are interested in interns whom can colate information and evaluate the economic viability of their water treatment products and cell activator Super Harvest. The plan is to offer the interns employment after a qualifying period of three months or less, depending on controlled trials established and results achieved. Contact James Oshana for more […]

AFIA launches the inaugural Gen Ag Future Fund

The Australian Fodder Industry Association (AFIA) in partnership with Lallemand Animal Nutrition, have launched the inaugural Gen Ag Future Fund. The Gen Ag Future Fund will make up to $3,000 available per annum to an individual aged 18-30 years old, to assist with further education, or costs to undertake a specific project that will benefit […]

Let’s celebrate the women who are leading change in food and fibre industries

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the achievements of women in every area of human endeavour. At PIEFA and Career Harvest we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women leading the development of food and fibre industries in Australia. More women are taking up the challenge of making a difference […]

Australian Beef Industry Foundation’s Scholarship

Are you tomorrow’s leader in the Australian Beef Industry? Do you know someone who will be a leader tomorrow in the Australian Beef Industry? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Fairfax Agricultural Media (Fairfax) together with the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are offering the opportunity for three people involved in […]

I Farm Well

ifarmwell is an online tool kit to help farmers cope effectively with life’s challenges and get the most out of every day. It has modules that may be useful to anyone considering a career in farming. ifarmwell has been designed based on what Australian farmers have said they want and what research shows will help. […]

Enter the AgriEducate Essay Competition

Did you know that there are over 1.6 million Australians involved in the Australian agricultural industry and that Australians directly feed around 75 million people globally, and if you include our shared knowledge, almost 400 million? The agricultural industry in Australia and around the world comprises such a diverse mix of professions and careers. Yet […]

The Horizon Scholarship

In partnership with industry sponsors, the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship is an initiative supporting students enrolled in full time study at an Australian university. AgriFutures Australia is committed to supporting the next generation of leaders that will drive the future prosperity of Australian rural industries and regional communities. To build prosperous and sustainable rural industries, AgriFutures […]

New figures reveal Aussies’ shocking disconnect with life’s essentials – NFF

Startling new research has revealed that Australians have grown disconnected from where their food and fibre comes from, and are oblivious of the farm sector’s economic contribution. The nation-wide polling commissioned by the National Farmers’ Federation in the lead up to tomorrow’s National Agriculture Day, found that 83% of Australians would describe their connection with […]

The Future of Australian Agriculture – Where do we go from here?

The Australian continent encompasses a varied range of agricultural zones that differ in climate, demographics and the degree of economic development. The country comprises states that, despite possessing singularly varied markets, have a common hunger for the collective growth of their food industry. Agriculture remains a small portion of the Australian economy contributing to 2.4 […]

The Growing Importance of Urban Agriculture

Urban agriculture is becoming a serious business. It takes many forms and is increasingly part of urban ecosystems and environmental management of cities. Urban agriculture can be defined as the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Researchers, using satellite data, found that global agricultural activities within 20km of urban areas […]

Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEFA) wants your feedback to enhance Career Harvest

Recently the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEFA) has partnered with the Deans of Agriculture to take over the operation and further development of Career Harvest. PIEFA is collaboration between industry, government and educators to promote primary industry education. PIEFA is helping the community to understand and value the food and fiber industries. PIEFA provides professional […]

Future of farming – an exciting field of study!

Think there’s nothing new in agriculture? Check out this article about innovative and practical research that is going on NOW and will change the face of farming – how exciting!! Study ag and you too can be achieving the things these amazing people are. And check out how many different agriculture jobs featured in just […]

What inspires a career in ag?

I’m always interested in the reasons people became involved in their careers in agriculture. For those who grew up on the land you might think it’s obvious, they stuck with the family business. But as Rebecca Stacey’s story shows, there are many different jobs in agriculture and just about anything can inspire. you to choose your […]

Chasing your passion

We love encouraging students to study agriculture, we carry on all the time about how you really can help the world – you neighbourhood, your state, your country. This is a fantastic article about a ‘townie’ named Sam and the barriers he came up against to study ag, and how passion about feeding a growing […]

Food waste – so many areas YOU can help

This article from The Guardian provides some fantastic graphics to illustrate the issue of food waste. Where does food waste occur – at what part of the chain? Well in North America and Oceania it’s predominantly in consumption – you could study ag and get involved in marketing, sending messages to consumers on how to […]

Career Harvest helps launch new Bachelor of Ag

Career Harvest Director Nigel Crawley was on hand to launch the University of Melbourne’s newly designed Bachelor of Agriculture at the end of July. The new degree has been developed with the input of industry, providing a broad degree with a great deal of relevance. Nigel spoke at the launch: “The Global Dining Boom and […]

New Bachelor of Ag!

Fantastic announcement from the University of Melbourne – an NEW Bachelor of Agriculture degree, designed with industry. “Today we are thrilled to launch our new Bachelor of Agriculture degree, designed with industry experts to meet the high demand for agricultural scientists. Did you know Australia exports more than $40 billion of ‪‎agricultural‬ products per year – […]

8 tips to get into ag research for international development

Many students are interested in international aid, helping the world beyond the borders of Australia. At Career Harvest we like to encourage students to consider studying agriculture as a fantastic means of helping developing nations. How does this work? Here’s a blog at Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) with some tips on how […]

Ag grads on lawyer salaries – but how do we increase enrolments?

University of Queensland dean of agriculture, Professor Neal Menzies, spoke at the National Horticulture Convention in Queensland in late June and spoke about the potential for the industry and the challenge in attracting students to study agriculture. Queensland Country Life reported that Prof Menzies said agriculture is barely on the radar for career-hungry university students. Among […]

CH students take over AgriVictoria!

We were so pleased to send 18 students to the recent AgriVictoria Summit in Melbourne. The inaugural AgriVictoria Summit focussed on international opportunities for Victorian agriculture, and our students reported back there was a strong focus on Asia. The role of culture on international demands on Australian export. Universal branding, respective supply #AgriVictoria @CareerHarvest – […]

PIEFA and Career Harvest form alliance

National education alliance to boost career opportunities in food and fibre. The Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) and Career Harvest have announced a national alliance to link the school education needs of primary industries with the promotion of careers in those industries nationally. Career Harvest and PIEFA will seek joint funding from the industry to […]

Agribusiness scholarship opportunity – closes Friday 29 May!

You don’t need to live in Sydney to take advantage of the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship – apply before Friday 29 May and you could be one of the lucky 25 students flying and staying in Sydney to spend 12 days gaining a close up perspective of business in agriculture. Based at the Woolworths support office […]

That’s an ag job – but what does an Agribusiness Analyst DO?

There are so many jobs available in the food and fibre industries, we have heaps listed on this site. But what are these jobs? What do people actually do on a daily basis? We have contacted some recent grads to talk about studying and finding their first jobs and ask them what it is they […]

Vic ag in an international marketplace

Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, in collaboration with the Victorian Farmers Federation, ANZ Bank, PwC, The Global Foundation, and the Victorian Agribusiness Council, with sponsorship from State Government Victoria is conducting ‘AgriVictoria’ on 11 June at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne. The program is compelling and focused on assisting farmers/producers/processors understand key issues associated with becoming investment […]

Passionate about climate change? There’s a job for you!

Climate change is a big issue that affects us all on so many levels and is an issue students learn about from a very young age. This early grounding means they remain passionate about climate change issues right through their education and many want to do something in their careers to help solve some of […]

Maddie gets a taste of research science

Thanks so much to our partners Dow AgroSciences for this story about Univeristy of Tasmania graduate Maddie Francis who won the 2014 PICSE/Dow AgroSciences Travelling Scholarship Award for Excellence in Science. Maddie was able to travel to New Zealand to work with top international scientists and really understand what it is like to work for a […]

Eye opener for UniTas student

Thanks so much to one of our partners, Dow AgroSciences for this story about UniTas grad Maddie and her work placement in NZ! University of Tasmania graduating student Maddie Francis is a perfect illustration of the valuable role played by the Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) and industry sponsorship in attracting a future generation […]

In 2nd or 3rd year? Fancy a Philippines study trip?

Applications are now invited for this year’s Connections tour to the Philippines in July. But hurry, applications close March 31. Syngenta have an exciting trip planned and it is open to agricultural science and business students in years 2 and above. The Syngenta Connections program was first launched in 2010 to provide an opportunity for students […]

Business is booming!

Looks like the message is getting out there – agriculture is the industry to be in! The Weekly Times reported that agricultural studies enrolments have risen at universities across Australia and we couldn’t be happier. From what were some very low figures as recently as 2007, enrolments in 2015 have increased markedly. The article quotes […]

Like some money to study? Rural Finance has some available

Rural Finance are fantastic supporters of agricultural education – check out their round of scholarships now open (all applications close 31 May): Undergrads – payments of up to $6,000 per annum to six recipients for a maximum three-year period while completing an undergraduate degree course. Studies may include, but are not limited to: agriculture, business, food science, […]

Welcome AgriFood Skills Australia

      We are thrilled to welcome AgriFood Skills Australia as our newest Career Harvest partner! AgriFood develops and implements workforce development strategies and industry’s nationally endorsed qualifications to meet the current and emerging needs of agrifood enterprises, employees and students throughout regional and urban Australia.  

Study Vet, help farmers in Myanmar

‘I want to study food and fibre, my family thinks I’m going to be a farmer, but I want to help the world – what career can I have with a food or fibre degree?’ We say it all the time, a degree in agriculture, agribusiness, vet, animal science, plant science, the list goes on, […]

Final year of study? Interested in cotton – check out this scholarship

Applications are now open for scholarships supported by Cotton Australia Cotton Australia Final Year Undergraduate Project Scholarship 10 scholarships of $1500 each are available for final year undergraduate students who undertake a final year project relating to the cotton industry. Details: Students must be studying agricultural science or another science, environmental studies, natural resource management, […]

Help finding paid work exp in your semester break

Are you about to move out of home to study Ag? How exciting! Did you know there is a program out there to find you paid work experience in your semester break? Yes, paid! The Young Professionals Provincial Cadetship Program is for students who move away from regional Victoria to study, and provides the chance to undertake a […]

5k a year, mentoring, placements – Horizon Scholarship

Here is a fantastic 4 minute run down on the Horizon Scholarship – a brilliant scholarship that provides not only $5000 for each year of study but mentoring, industry work experience, leadership and conference opportunities. Applications close on 30 January – so get moving, don’t miss out on this opportunity!

$49,000 of scholarships open now for just this college!

Are you looking to study at Marcus Oldham, or perhaps you are already there – did you know there are a wide range of scholarships that you may be eligible for? Visit the Marcus Oldham Scholarships page here. These are the ones they currently have open: APAL Clear Horizons, $10,000, closes 16 January Bill Ruse […]

Churchill Fellowships – now open

Applications are now being invited for the 2015 Churchill Fellowships. More than 100 fellowships worth $20,000 each are to be awarded for 2015. The aim of the Trust is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. It also aims […]

News from PIEF

The Primary Industry Education Foundation Newsletter is always chock full of great information and the October issue is no exception! I’ve picked out two stories to include here but please follow this link to read the whole newsletter including education opportunities for teachers, professional development, industry news and more.   NEW! Expressions of Interest – […]

Dispelling the myths

Thanks very much to the wonderful folk over at Art4Agriculture. Today’s blog post dispels some of the common myths about farming and farmers and give a big shout out to Career Harvest! There are also many myths or preconceptions about careers in the food and fibre industries – a degree in ag means a job […]

Exciting times!

There are so many fantastic things happening in the agricultural industry lately, innovations and confidence throughout. Of course there are always challenges. But all of this means opportunities for students. Here’s a tiny selection what has us excited just in the last two months!! AACo, Australia’s 190 year old, largest listed agricultural business is opening […]

UWS Scholarship for new and current students are open

Scholarship applications for the University of Western Sydney are now open. There are a number of scholarships open to both new and current students. Applications close on 9 January 2015, but why not start your application now? We have a number of the scholarships most relevant to agriculture listed here, you can see a full […]

Set yourself up for life

Perhaps we’re preaching to the converted, but an article by Margie Sheedy in this weekend’s Australian Financial Review highlighted how desirable ag graduates are. The link is here if you have a subscription to the AFR, but we’ve included some of the most relevant quotes below. Demand is booming for agricultural specialists. Agriculture is a […]

CH in the Weekly Times: Urban agri jobs go begging

Career Harvest Directors Jim Gall and Jim Pratley were quoted in a Weekly Times article this week extolling the benefits of studying ag. It’s the message we keep pushing – study ag for an almost guaranteed job after graduation and good money too! Click here to read the online version of the article . We […]

A degree in ag – the good news in education

We are gaining a bit of media coverage this week. We were featured on Digital Farm TV and also ABC Rural’s Victoria Country Hour  – all in relation to the press release below: Click here for ABC Victoria Country Hour audio. Click here for the Digital Farm TV vision. Students enjoy fast track to big […]

Career Harvest – Digital TV stars!

We were proud to be featured on Digital Farm TV recently. The site has more than 20,000 unique browsers per week so it was a fantastic opportunity to get the Career Harvest message out to this audience. Jim Gall featured in the video and  spoke about why agriculture is the industry for students to be […]

NSW scholarship now open

The Royal Agricultural Society of NSW offers scholarships to support individuals in NSW who demonstrate a passion for rural and commitment for any career that will ensure the future success of rural and regional NSW. Applications are now open, click here for more information. There is no limit on the types of courses that qualify or […]

Facelift for agriculture

Career Harvest board member, Professor Jim Pratley is quoted in this article about changing the image of agriculture to appeal to young people. Great read!   Read the article here.  

Opportunity for SA students

A fantastic opportunity for South Australian secondary students is closing on Monday 30 June. The AAA Agricultural Career Scholarship is for secondary students who have an interest in pursuing a career based in an agricultural, primary production or the agribusiness industry. This scholarship is nationally rotated and application is available to students who are based in […]

Marketing internship opportunity

We have just listed an exciting marketing internship opportunity with Virbac for a recent graduate – check it out!

Want some help attending the Cotton Conference?

Cotton Australia’s annual conference has attracted some big name presenters: ‘Lambassador’ Sam Kekovich, Tracy Bevan from the McGrath Foundation, Victoria Cross recipient Corporal Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC MG and Andrew Rochford from TV show ‘The Project’. The Cotton Conference is on 5-7 August at the Gold Coast and in order to attract some of the industry’s brightest […]

Rural Finance scholarships close soon

Make sure you don’t miss out on applying for the scholarships offered by Rural Finance. Applications close on 31 May. The scholarships are open to vocational, undergraduate and postgraduate students who demonstrate a career commitment to agriculture including farming, consultancy, research, technological and other related services. Click here for more information and to apply.

Important tips for internship applications

It’s important when applying for internships, through this site or in any other way, to treat the application as if you were applying for a job. You need to include a cover letter and a resume, not just your resume on its own. Also it is critical to tailor your cover letter to the position. […]

Thanks!

Career Harvest is a not-for-profit organisation and as such we rely on the generosity of our corporate sponsors to keep this valuable service going. We’d just like to give a little shout out to Kubota who recently renewed their sponsorship and also to welcome Westpac who have just come on board.

New internship opportunity

We have just added a fantastic new internship opportunity with the Rice Extension Management Committee. The program is a structured and experiential 12 months that provides a way for you to earn while you learn more about the rice industry and includes: six diverse and complementary placements where you will work closely with relevant industry […]

2015 applications open for Nuffield Scholarships

Applications for the 2015 Nuffield Scholarships are due to open on Tuesday 1 April. Andrew Johnson, Chairman of Nuffield Australia, said they have been selecting scholars for more than 60 years. “It is the leading program for primary producers in Australia which identifies new leaders in industry and the community. It is also part of a global network […]

Meat quality assurance done to perfection

As meat consumption around the world (particularly in Asia) is rapidly increasing, the need for sustainable meat production and processing is driving research into quality assurance – to evaluate the product before it reaches the consumer enabling better strategies to reduce waste. The aim of my research is to develop a way of determining meat […]

In search of a healthier yoghurt – David Chua

Yoghurt is a food that is consumed, in one form or another, on every continent of the world, but has a history so old that even its origins remain unknown. Today, many consume it regularly for its potential health benefits, while enjoying its creamy texture and refreshing tang. According to Dairy Australia, Australians currently consume […]

Mapping microbial populations in grazing cattle – Lindsey Perry

My original plan after graduating with a degree in Equine Science was to work with horses, but as is common in life my plan took a U-turn after an internship at the William H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute in the USA. This internship was part of my university work placement and after helping out with […]

Plant breeding for a better canola crop – Paula Andrea Martinez

Plant breeding is an important process in food production, which can be used to improve crops in various ways for societies. For farmers and producers, successful plant breeding provides more choices; higher yields, extended periods of cultivation, more resistant varieties to changing climatic conditions, and further profits. For the consumer, it provides healthier foods of […]

ABIF Scholarship Open

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) is calling for applications from those interested in pursuing leadership positions in the beef industry to apply for the ANZ-ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship to attend the 2014 Kellogg Rural Leaders Program at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand. Lincoln University Agriculture faculty is world renowned for the scope of its […]

2014 International Year of Family Farming

The 2014 International Year of Family Farming (IYFF) aims to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farming by focusing world attention on its significant role in alleviating hunger and poverty, providing food security and nutrition, improving livelihoods, managing natural resources, protecting the environment, and achieving sustainable development, in particular in rural areas. The goal of […]

Nuffield Scholar’s Lamb Focus

Improving lamb survival and growth rates will be the focus of a study by Victoria’s Tim Gubbins after he was awarded a prestigious Nuffield Scholarship supported by Australian Wool Innovation. Mr Gubbins, a livestock manager on a property at Moyston in Western Victoria, will study the Merino breed with a specific focus on the period […]

CRDC Funding for 2013/14 Now Open

Applications are now open with CRDC for Postgraduate Scholarships, Summer and Honours Scholarships and Travel, Conference & Scientific Exchange funding applications. Details about the various types of funding, including the application templates and guidelines, can be found on the CRDC website at the following address: http://crdc.com.au/research-development/  

Recruiting good people in a competitive environment

Last year, a Senate committee report identified that an agricultural skills shortage could hamper Australia’s ability to keep up with growing global demand for food and fibre. The extent and nature of the shortfall varies from sector to sector. While larger corporatised farms might need more people with management and strategic skills, horticulturalists are more likely […]

Potential for African Production

IF POTENTIAL were edible, Africa would have the best-fed people on earth. The vast continent has 60% of the world’s uncultivated arable land, most of it unfarmed. The land already under cultivation, mostly by small farmers, could produce far more. Crop yields in Africa are between one-third and one-half of the global average. The quality of […]

Recruiting now for Dairy Futures CRC scholarship

Exciting new opportunities have opened with Dairy Futures CRC. Seeking the best and brightest Science students for post-graduate research in the following areas: – plant, animal and microbial genomics – phenomics – metabolomics – proteomics – animal nutrition – agronomy – bioinformatics – computational biology – systems biology. A limited number of full scholarships worth […]

Apply now for Australian Pork Industry Scholarships

Undergraduate Industry Scholarships are available to students enrolled in a certificate, diploma or applied degree, to undertake work experience on a piggery or with a service company operating within the pork industry, i.e. Veterinarians, nutritionists, genetics companies, feed manufacturers and management consultants. APL provides Undergraduate Industry Scholarship holders with an allowance of AUD$350 per week […]

Degree prompts travel trajectory

CHARLIE BLOMFIELD Managing Director and CEO Agricultural Management Company Pty Ltd QUALIFICATIONS Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Animal Science) Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors PS146 Managed Investments, KAPLAN Professional Finding himself among 7,000 camels in northern Africa at the world’s largest live camel market is one of Charlie Blomfield’s more unusual on-the-job experiences. […]

Don’t miss out agri students – 2013 scholarship applications close soon

Rural Finance’s Scholarship Program offering agri-students funding of up to $6,000 per year closes 31 May. Rural Finance Chief Executive Officer, Rob Goudswaard said that the Scholarship Program plays an important part in supporting renewal within Victorian agriculture by encouraging the education and skill development of those committed to the agriculture industry. “It’s a great […]

Career Harvest invites students to find The Role of a Lifetime.

  Addressing the labour shortage in the Australian Agriculture sector begins with students understanding that agriculture is more than farming and harvesting – it’s a science, a business and an art. Career Harvest, an online career hub, plans to bring farming back into the spotlight and inspire a new generation of leaders in the food […]

School excursions to foster Ag careers and break stereotypes

VICTORIAN school students of all ages would make organised visits to farms in a bid to get more young people familiar with farming and considering a career in agriculture, under a proposal by the Victorian Farmers Federation. The VFF says the school visits could operate alongside programs such as Farm Day, an event that encourages […]

Young woman commits to agriculture

Country Victoria is crying out for more health professionals and people to work in agriculture. Ella Bouman from Panmure in south west Victoria ticks both boxes. It’s her dream to own her own farm and work as a nurse helping farmers be more aware of their health. She has completed a diploma in agriculture, works […]

Victorian government on Middle East agribusiness trade mission

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 […]

A-plus for Muresk’s tertiary comeback

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 […]

Oz takes global food market lead

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 […]

Rwandan refugee seeks peace and Agricultural career in Australia

Rwandan refugee Thomas Davis (not his real name) has found his peace in the world. The 38-year-old has started an agriculture course at Longerenong Agriculture College and hopes it will lead to his first real career. Thomas has spent half his life finding his peace. He was born in 1974 to a Ugandan father and […]

Ag skills focus

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 […]

Robots find themselves at home on the farm

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 […]

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

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. […]

Regional Development Australia Barossa pushes for agriculture school for Two Wells

A NEW school in Two Wells with a strong focus on farm trade is needed to stimulate development and growth in the region, Regional Development Australia Barossa says. RDA Barossa chief executive Anne Moroney told the Northern Messenger that a school, whether it be private or public, is “critical”. “Obviously there is a need that […]

Sharp rise in interest in agriculture course at universities

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 […]

Blueprint maps out future for Australian agriculture

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 […]

Heywire participant raises farmgate to supermarket price gap

A young woman from rural Victoria has been praised by Nationals Deputy Senate Leader, Fiona Nash, for suggesting supermarkets should display the price they pay Australian farmers for the food they sell. ABC Heywire winner, Ashley Hammond made the suggestions when she met the Department of Agriculture’s top bureaucrat in Canberra earlier this month. Senator […]

Dairy scholarships announced

TWO budding University students were awarded scholarships at the Australian Dairy Leaders Luncheon in Melbourne today. Matthew DeCicco from Merrigum was awarded the inaugural Bill Pyle dairy scholarship and will begin studying veterinary science at Charles Sturt University at Wagga Wagga NSW this year. Ocean Grove’s Monique McMahon-Hide, won the inaugural Doug Weir dairy industry […]

The scientific quest for a better Australian lamb chop

In the late 1970s and early 1980s Australian lamb was a basket case industry. Prices were down and production was down. Animals were small, the meat fatty and undesirable. David Pethick describes how selective breeding produced a bigger animal with less fat around the muscle. The aim is to retain fat within the muscle to […]

Addressing food waste

In Australia, it’s estimated households throw out nearly half the food bought – in a year that amounts to around three million tonnes of garbage worth more than five billion dollars. There are some efforts to try to change our wasteful way. In NSW, the Environmental Protection Agency is running a program called Love Food […]

Calls for farm gate price to be shown in supermarkets

It was the stuff dreams are made of: five young women, passionate about agriculture, pitching an idea to the big of end town in the hope of securing their future and the future of Australia’s farmers. And pitch they did at the ABC’s annual Heywire Regional Youth summit in Canberra! In a very bold plan […]

School closer to offering ag business degree

Former students of Western Australia’s only tertiary agricultural institution say moves for the school to once again offer agricultural business degrees will hugely benefit the industry. Northam’s Muresk Institute previously offered the degrees through Curtin University but that was withdrawn last year and they have not been offered since. However, the State Government has signed […]

Ag needs to be on political agenda

FARM groups are calling on federal election candidates to put agriculture high on their policy agendas. The Victorian Farmers Federation has also hit out at both sides of politics over their lack of major funding commitments, particularly for research, to agriculture. The VFF wants recruiting and training the next generation of food and fibre producers […]

Nationals launch Asia focussed ag policy

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 […]

Students flock to agriculture courses

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 […]

Interest in agriculture high

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 […]

Agriculture a better investment than cars

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 […]

Growing markets for Vietnam’s veggies

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 […]

New scholarships for study at Dookie campus and Hume region

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 […]

Number of agriculture students expected to rise

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 […]

Farming students pour in after drought

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 […]

$5000 scholarship offered for ag students

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 […]

Oz to help China’s ag plans

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 […]

City square turns farm in virtual event

CITY slickers would have been forgiven for thinking that Martin Place looked and smelt a little different this week, with cattle, sheep and farmers descending on the busy Sydney square. As part of an innovative campaign by Target 100, Martin Place transformed from the usual concrete jungle into a virtual farm, complete with livestock, bushland […]

AgNext looks to the future

DESPITE the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reporting this week that there was 19,700 fewer people farming in 2011 than in 2006 and that an average of 294 farmers were lost every month during the past 30 years, farmers are fighting back, trying to turn their industry and its image around. The Year of the […]

WA’s agriculture and food industry promoted in China

WESTERN Australia’s innovative agriculture and food sector has been highlighted in China to support continued development of trade and investment opportunities. Speaking at a public seminar organised by the Zhejiang Academy of Science and Technology in Hangzhou, Department of Agriculture and Food Director General Rob Delane outlined the consumer benefits of Western Australia’s food products. […]

Chief Scientist says knowledge, not food, is our biggest farm export

The nation’s chief scientist says Australia’s biggest contribution to future food security won’t be locally-produced food, but agricultural know-how. The Office of the Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb, has today released a discussion paper identifying agricultural research and development as a priority area for public investment. Professor Chubb says it’s currently estimated that Australian-produced food […]

Value of Australia’s agricultural exports to rise to $1.7 trillion by 2050

THE value of agricultural exports from Australia could lift to $1.7 trillion between now and 2050 to meet growing world food demand if Australia takes the right action. Angus Taylor, the author of a new report by Port Jackson Partners for the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, highlighted the huge potential of the sector […]

Purchasing/Supply Coordinator

Supervise the purchasing of materials for manufacturing/processing. Alternative Titles Branch Supply Co-ordinator, Distribution Centre Supervisor, Manager Packaging, Manager Supply, National Procurement Manager, Parts Administration Manager, Procurement & Inventory Facilitator Tasks Assist in negotiating contracts and purchasing of all raw materials and equipment May be responsible for store operations/warehouse In a production environment, may be responsible for converting […]

Report highlights need for ag education

CAREERS within the Victorian agriculture sector are ripe for the picking. That’s according to a report by the Victorian Parliament’s Education and Training Committee. Committee chair, David Southwick, said the report, Inquiry into agricultural education and training in Victoria, demonstrated agriculture needed to be re-positioned as career of choice for Victorian students. There is something […]

Pledge to boost ag education image

THE State Government has promised to convene an industry roundtable to tackle the agricultural education crisis. The roundtable will investigate how to open career pathways into agriculture and promote the success of the industry. The Government today released the response to the Rural and Regional Committees Inquiry into the capacity of the farming sector to […]

Machinery sector offers career opportunities

WHILE the lucrative mining sector might be attracting attention as the industry of employment choice for young people, Australia’s agricultural industry is crying out for skilled young people.The agricultural machinery sector, for example, is a strong and growing segment ripe with opportunities, attractive salaries and lifelong careers. Tractor and Machinery Association executive director Richard Lewis […]

Primary industry educators gather in Canberra

20 September 2012 Representatives of 11 high  performing school and industry partnerships from around Australia have gathered in Canberra to develop partnerships that give students real–world exposure to the many exciting career prospects in agriculture.Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, said the two–day forum, which received $100,000 of funding from the Australian Government, will build links […]

Australia’s food continues to shine on the world stage

16 October 2012 World Food Day, today, is a valuable opportunity to better understand the important role Australia’s food producers play in stopping hunger around the globe. First held in 1979 to raise awareness of food security and agricultural issues, World Food Day is celebrated during the annual Committee on World Food Security, which meets […]

ANZ forecasts that by 2050 Australia will have to find $600 billion to improve farm productivity and another $400 billion for older farmers to sell to the next generation

Geoff Winestock and Julie-anne Sprague Farm output has stalled over the past decade and requires massive injections of capital, more modern farming techniques, and efficient supply chains to cash in on booming demand for cereals and meat from Asia, according to a report for the ANZ Banking Group. The farm sector could generate an extra […]