Farms open gates

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tu­ral grad­u­ates is a global prob­lem and more needs to be done to boost the im­age of the agri­cul­tural sec­tor.

To help achieve this goal, farm­ers around the coun­try will this week­end take part in Far­mDay and open their gates to city fam­i­lies in the hope of pro­mot­ing agri­cul­ture to ur­ban Aus­tralia.

‘‘Agri­cul­ture is too rarely seen as an at­trac­tive ca­reer path, es­pe­cially by out­stand­ing stu­dents,’’ he says.

‘‘Agri­cul­ture is an ex­cit­ing and chal­leng­ing ca­reer, in­volv­ing a high de­gree of tech­nol­ogy.’’

Sec­ond year Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Sci­ences stu­dent Adam Nor­man, 19, and his fam­ily left their sheep and broad­acre farm­ing prop­erty about four years ago but the ex­pe­ri­ence has not de­terred him from a ca­reer in the in­dus­try.

‘‘We farmed dur­ing the droughts and, if any­thing, it just showed you how bad things can be – a lot of mem­o­ries I have are not too good,’’ he says.

‘‘But there were def­i­nitely some good mem­o­ries there and do­ing this course, you can see how good (it) can be.’’

Mr Nor­man says he is still to choose a ca­reer path but is con­sid­er­ing hor­ti­cul­ture and pos­si­bly a man­age­ment po­si­tion. ‘‘Farms are get­ting big­ger,’’ he says. ‘‘(Farm­ers) have more on the line and that’s the way agri­cul­ture is go­ing, es­pe­cially broad­acre farm­ing.

‘‘There’s so much in­put and the risks are much greater – you have got so much to lose.’’

Pic­ture: Tait Schmaal

Pro­fes­sor Eileen Scott with agri­cul­tural stu­dents Adam Nor­man and Anna McBeath. She says there is much concern about global food se­cu­rity.

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