Ag ca­reers day held

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Be­nalla stu­dents joined more than 200 stu­dents from the Hume re­gion at Univer­sity of Mel­bourne’s Agri­cul­ture and Hor­ti­cul­ture Ca­reers Day at the Dookie cam­pus ear­lier this month.

The ca­reers day fo­cused on ca­reer path­ways within the agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture sec­tors, and gave stu­dents hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in the univer­sity fa­cil­i­ties.

‘‘This gives stu­dents

an op­por­tu­nity to see what study path­ways and ca­reer op­tions are avail­able to them in agri­cul­ture and hor­ti­cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly as we are en­ter­ing a boom in agri­cul­ture where we need to pro­duce more food to feed a rapidly grow­ing world pop­u­la­tion with less re­sources in a chang­ing cli­mate, es­pe­cially in our own Asia Pa­cific re­gion,’’ Dookie cam­pus fu­ture stu­dents re­cruit­ment of­fi­cer Christina Tait said.

The Be­nalla P-12 Col­lege stu­dents were able to ex­am­ine the fea­tures of high yield­ing crops and the plant pathogens that have the po­ten­tial to jeop­ar­dise our food se­cu­rity.

‘‘Ca­reers in agri­cul­ture span a broad spec­trum to in­clude farm man­age­ment, agribusi­ness, an­i­mal health and wel­fare, in­ter­na­tional trade, pol­icy, agri­cul­tural con­sult­ing, agri­cul­tural ro­botic en­gi­neer­ing, aid and de­vel­op­ment, and re­search — to name a few,’’ Ms Tait said.

The pro­gram was a col­lab­o­ra­tion led by NE Tracks LLEN, in­clud­ing Ru­ral Skills Aus­tralia, Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, GOTAFE, Charles Sturt Univer­sity and the Univer­sity of Mel­bourne.

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