Ag careers explored

By Country News

Almost 300 north-east Victoria and Goulburn Valley secondary school students took part in agriculture workshops last week at the Food and Fibre Careers Day to explore options for future study.

The Year 9 and 10 students ventured to the University of Melbourne’s Dookie Campus to engage in a variety of agricultural technology including the use of drones in farming, learning about photosynthesis and virtual reality farms.

More than 10 schools attended the education opportunity including from Rochester and Rushworth, St Augustine’s College Kyabram and Shepparton High School.

‘‘These Year 9 and 10 students will soon make decisions on their study and the start of their careers,’’ university media adviser Claudia Hooper said.

‘‘They are coming to the Food and Fibre Careers Day to explore opportunities in agriculture, animal health, rural lending and other careers connected to the industry.’’

She said the workshops gave the students an insight to where a job in agriculture could take them.

‘‘There are a wide range of urban and rural careers for people interested in agricultural production, and university and vocational education courses enable school leavers to develop the knowledge and skills to start rewarding careers,’’ Ms Hooper said.

Activities on the day included hydroponics, beekeeping, growing cotton, tasting insects for sustainable food, indigenous horticulture and bush medicine practice.