Agriculture in schools
Funding committed to program
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.