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