Sustainable Agriculture in the Spotlight as a Career of the Future
Two free events for year 5 and 6 students will be hosted in the Murraylands and Riverland as a way to connect young people with sustainable agriculture and inspire them to consider the industry as a rewarding career path.
Based at Loxton and Lowaldie, the Young Environment Leaders (YEL) forums will take a group of students to a local farm to learn about sustainable agriculture, on-farm trials and the importance of soil health. Presentations will be supported by hands-on activities, and each event will include the opportunity to hear first-hand from the host farmer.
Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board Education officer Cindy Kakoschke said that the events provide a valuable opportunity for students to understand how sustainable agriculture is being applied in their local region.
“The forums will provide students with a way to understand the role of sustainable agriculture as a modern and productive system that improves environmental condition.”
“We hope that by improving students’ understanding of sustainable agriculture, that they will consider a career in farming in the future, whether it be on-farm or off-farm.”
With unprecedented demand for workers, jobs in agriculture offer the next generation a rewarding career path in a rural or regional setting, and with 6 job vacancies for every agriculture graduate in 2021, demand for workers continues to grow.
“Agriculture provides students from regional backgrounds with the opportunity for a rewarding career and the chance to retain their country lifestyle. That’s a factor which is often lost in many other professions where most of the job opportunities are based in the city.”
“Given the Murraylands and Riverland is such a productive agricultural region, inspiring young people to pursue a career in agriculture provides a great opportunity for local communities.”
Local primary schools are encouraged to register a small group of year 5 and 6 students to attend their closest event and more information is available on the Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board’s website:
Murraylands Forum (Lowaldie) | Thursday 17 Nov 10 am – 2 pm
Riverland Forum (Loxton) | Wednesday 23 Nov 10 am – 2 pm