Hands-on ag. ex­pe­ri­ence

Southern Riverina news - - RURAL OUTLOOK -

From map­ping cuts of meat on a cow to check­ing out rice in the lab­o­ra­tory, Fin­ley High School stu­dents have had some hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence at the Gra­ham Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion in Wagga Wagga.

More than 200 high school stu­dents from across the Riverina vis­ited the cen­tre in June for the an­nual Agri­cul­tural Sci­ence En­rich­ment Day.

Gra­ham Cen­tre in­dus­try part­ner­ships and com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Toni Nu­gent said the day’s aim was to give high school stu­dents an in­sight into the work done by pro­fes­sional agri­cul­tural and an­i­mal sci­en­tists.

“The stu­dents took part in prac­ti­cal hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties and we hope it has in­spired them to con­sider a ca­reer in pri­mary in­dus­tries and sci­ence,’’ she said.

“The Gra­ham Cen­tre is fo­cused on re­search to in­crease the pro­duc­tiv­ity, prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity of the grains and red meat in­dus­tries through­out the value chain.

“We want to en­cour­age young peo­ple in our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties to be in­ter­ested in this re­search and this is a great way of show­cas­ing what we do and how they can be­come in­volved in the fu­ture,” Ms Nu­gent said.

Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded live an­i­mal as­sess­ment, rice grain qual­ity, the health ben­e­fits of rice and pas­ture species as­sess­ment.

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