The annual two-day Dookie Food and Fibre Careers Day will return to the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus on May 18, with a focus on showing secondary school students a possible future in agriculture.
Organising committee member Jamie Lea said the day was a great opportunity to get young people involved.
‘‘(Agriculture) is so much more relevant than most people realise,’’ she said.
‘‘It’s great to help keep young people local, and make sure business owners and organisations are actually aware of the next generation.’’
The day will include hands-on workshops in a number of areas including beef, dairy, equine and sheep.
Ms Lea said the day would also showcase the science side of agriculture, with workshops in genes, animal science and plant science.
‘‘It’s great hands-on experience for the young people. The possibilities are endless.’’
The day is supported by University of Melbourne, Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Charles Sturt University, Goulburn Murray Local Learning and Employment Network, NE Tracks LLEN, Greater Shepparton City Council, Campaspe Cohuna LLEN and Rabobank.
Ms Lea said it was good to bring the organisations together.
‘‘It’s great that people get the chance to see people that are talking the talk and walking the walk and getting their hands dirty every single day.’’
A lunch and discussion session will also be held on Friday, May 12 as part of the event, with lunch included.
■To RSVP to the lunch and discussion session, email Anne Shaw: [email protected]