Agri­cul­ture in schools

Fund­ing com­mit­ted to pro­gram

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A Federal Govern­ment plan to in­tro­duce an agri­cul­tural comp­nent to the Aus­tralian schools cur­ricu­lum has been ap­plauded by the Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion.

The NFF wel­comed the Coali­tion’s com­mit­ment to the Agri­cul­ture in Ed­u­ca­tion project, ac­counc­ing it would al­lo­cated $2 mil­lion over two years.

Aim­ing to im­prove un­der­stand­ing of agri­cul­ture in Aus­tralian schools, NFF chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Matt Lin­negar said the fund­ing will make a real dif­fer­ence to work­force de­vel­op­ment in the agri­cul­ture sec­tor.

Mr Lin­negar said it would also im­prove stu­dent knowl­edge of where their food and fi­bre comes from and how in­te­gral agri­cul­ture is to ev­ery­day life.

The project en­ables the Pri­mary In­dus­tries Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (PIEF) and Agri­Food Skills Aus­tralia to de­velop a range of agri­cul­ture­based on­line teach­ing re­sources for schools across the na­tional cur­ricu­lum.

‘‘Re­search un­der­taken by PIEF found that 76 per cent of stu­dents be­lieved cot­ton socks were an an­i­mal prod­uct, and 45 per cent of stu­dents and teach­ers be­lieved farm­ers dam­aged the en­vi­ron­ment,’’ Mr Lin­negar said.

‘‘These alarm­ing re­sults show how im­por­tant it is for us to ed­u­cate our kids about the re­la­tion­ship be­tween agri­cul­ture and ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, from the food in our lunch boxes to the clothes that we wear.

‘‘This fund­ing com­mit­ment, which the NFF called for in our sub­mis­sion to this year’s Federal Budget, will al­low PIEF and Agri­Food Skills Aus­tralia to deliver im­por­tant in­ter­ac­tive, multimedia re­sources, videos and down­load­able documents for teach­ers and stu­dents from Kinder­garten to Year 10.

‘‘We com­mend the Coali­tion Govern­ment for recog­nis­ing the im­por­tance of agri­cul­ture in the Aus­tralian com­mu­nity.

‘‘This fund­ing will go a long way to pro­mote a pos­i­tive and vi­brant agri­cul­ture sec­tor to our lead­ers of to­mor­row.’’

The NFF is a found­ing mem­ber of PIEF, which was es­tab­lished to pro­vide na­tional lead­er­ship and co­or­di­na­tion of food and fi­bre ed­u­ca­tion ini­tia­tives across Aus­tralia.

Pro­duc­ers and agents started the day full of hope.

Ex­pec­ta­tions were damp­ened with the trend for lamb prices be­ing $5 to $8 eas­ier, with larger falls on lambs with longer and more open skins.

Mut­ton val­ues held up well in an­other small yard­ing.

Lambs sold to $160, gen­er­ally from $76 to $154, while Hoggets topped at $112.

Mut­ton was gen­er­ally be­tween $66 to $110.

Over­all, 1823 lambs av­er­aged a price of $117.38 and 813 mut­ton av­er­aged $91.97.

The top price of the day went to Ian Wil­liams, who sold six lambs at $160.

Gran­tham Nom­i­nees sold 11 ewes for $110 to gain honours in the mut­ton sec­tion.

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