Ag minds stim­u­lated

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YOUNG minds will be ex­posed to the lat­est in­no­va­tions in agri­cul­ture and agribusi­ness, as the Cen­tral High­lands De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion this week an­nounced the AgTeCH17 Young Bur­sary win­ners.

CHDC Agribusi­ness De­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor Liz Alexan­der said with their Young Tech Part­ners, CQUniver­sity and Queens­land Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges, CHDC was ex­cited to con­grat­u­late the suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants who could now at­tend the in­au­gu­ral Build it, Use it, Profit fo­rum in Emer­ald on Novem­ber 8.

The win­ners are: Is­abella Fan­ning, CQUniver­sity; Cameron Hosk­ing, Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege; Hamish Hutch­ings, Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege; Cassie John­ston, Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege/ Emer­ald State High School; Meg McCosker, CQUniver­sity; Ruby Nel­son, CQUniver­sity; Jor­dan Spargo, Emer­ald Agri­cul­tural Col­lege/ Emer­ald State High School.

CQUniver­sity agri­cul­ture lec­turer Saba Si­nai and Emer­ald State High School maths and sci­ence teacher Richard Evans were also awarded bur­saries to at­tend.

Ms Alexan­der said the selec­tion com­mit­tee was drawn from rep­re­sen­ta­tives from CHDC, QATC, CQUniver­sity and the AgTeCH17 Com­mit­tee and agreed that the bur­sary had at­tracted “great” ap­pli­cants.

“The young men and women had vary­ing lev­els of ex­pe­ri­ence with tech­nol­ogy in agri­cul­ture, and had a mix­ture of in­ter­est in crop­ping and live­stock,” she said.

“But all were en­thu­si­as­tic to learn more about agtech op­por­tu­ni­ties and net­works.”

Stu­dents en­rolled at CQUniver­sity, QATC Emer­ald and Lon­greach Agri­cul­tural Col­leges, and Year 12 in Cen­tral High­lands sec­ondary schools were el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply.

At­ten­dance at AgTeCH17 will give bur­sary re­cip­i­ents the chance to visit 2PH Farms’ world-class au­to­mated cit­rus and ta­ble grape pack­ing fa­cil­i­ties and view in-field demon­stra­tions with the new­est in drones, au­to­ma­tion and an­a­lyt­ics from Swar­mFarm Ro­bot­ics, Ko­matsu Aus­tralia and New Zealand, Pre­ci­sionHawk and Van­der­field.

The AgTeCH17: Build it, Use it, Profit fo­rum and in-field demon­stra­tions will be held on Wed­nes­day, Novem­ber 8.

Tick­ets can be bought at chdc.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

EN­COUR­AG­ING PROGRESS: Queens­land Agri­cul­tural Train­ing Col­leges ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of pro­duc­tion Andrew Lewis; Agribusi­ness De­vel­op­ment co-or­di­na­tor CHDC Liz Alexan­der, gen­eral man­ager CHDC San­dra Hobbs, AgTeCH17 com­mit­tee mem­ber Ross Bur­nett, CQUniver­sity agri­cul­ture lec­turer Saba Si­nai.

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