Attracting new talent to agriculture

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THE University of Tasmania is enticing potential students to study agriculture by offering them an exclusive behind-the scenes look at Tassie’s booming agricultural industries.

Applications are now open for year 11 and 12 students to attend the ‘Feed your Mind, Feed the World’ 2019 experience.

Over three days, attendees will get to see the inner workings of successful businesses, including a robotic dairy, commercial flower producer, cider orchard and vegetable processor.

After attending in 2018, Katie Zarb was so impressed with what she saw that she enrolled in a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania.

“I really didn’t know that I wanted to study agriculture until I did the camp,” Ms Zarb said.

“Attending really opened my eyes to the agriculture industry – it made me realise there is a lot more to it.

“Agriculture is not just two or three things, it’s millions of things, there is so much diversity.”

Agriculture student outreach coordinator Dr Stephen Quarrell said the program had been specially designed for year 11 and 12 students to learn about the wide range of career opportunities for agriculture graduates.

“When young people think about a career in agriculture, they often picture traditional farming enterprises like shearing sheep, milking cows or growing crops,” he said.

“We are showing that it can be so much more.

“Each day, we will visit a selection of agriculture industries, many of whom are national and international leaders in their field and are employing agricultural graduates.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for students to see first-hand how diverse the agriculture industry is and to consider where a degree in agriculture can take them.”

The experience runs from 9 to 11 December 2019 and is free for year 11 and 12 students.

Transport from select locations, meals and accommodation are included.

Apply online at

Caption: Students at the 2018 ‘Feed Your Mind, Feed the World’ experience.

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