Swansong for ag program
AFTER running for more than 15 years, the State Government has axed funding to a unique school program developed by the agriculture industry this week.
Today the last Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educators Conference begins in Brisbane, attended by more than 100 specialist ag teachers who will gather valuable techniques and first-hand knowledge to enable them to engage students in the vital role of agriculture and exciting careers offered in the sector.
Last year the State Government announced it would no longer provide the $181,000 to fund the program, because it was no longer relevant – an unfounded criticism fiercely denied by the National Ag Educators’ Association.
AgForce chief executive Michael Guerin said the agriculture industry was dumbfounded as to why such an important and cost-effective program that reached more than 10,000 students every year would be cut.
“For many kids, the program offered their only opportunity to learn about farming, about how their food is grown and about what an interesting and diverse environment agriculture in Queensland is,” he said.
“The biggest losers from the axing of the program are Queensland kids and we’re calling on the Palaszczuk Government to reverse this cut.”