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Initiative to encourage the next generation of agricultural scientists

The University of Tasmania is taking an active role in encouraging the next generation of agricultural scientists by introducing high school teachers to the diverse and exciting career paths available.

Tasmanian science teachers will be treated to a taste of agriculture, as part of a new initiative to encourage agriculture in schools.

The professional development workshop, being run in Hobart, has generated strong interest, with 25 teachers and career advisors keen to explore the diverse possibilities that a career in agriculture can offer.

The workshop will include a field trip to visit agricultural producers in the Derwent Valley and participants will hear first-hand from researchers and industry leaders.

Dr Jo Jones, Student Outreach Coordinator from the School of Land and Food, said she was thrilled with the uptake of this new initiative.

“The response to this professional development workshop has been fantastic and it is great that so many teachers are interested in learning more about careers in agriculture. We have teachers and career advisors attending from a range of high schools and colleges across the State,” Dr Jones said.

“We have developed an exciting hands-on program that is aligned with the curriculum of Tasmanian high schools, giving teachers practical information and resources to take back to their classroom.

“Every participant will receive a handbook of interesting experiments and activities they can run in their classrooms, on topics ranging from fermentation and food safety to the art of potato chip frying and effects of photosynthesis on the ripening of fruit.

“We hope this initiative will help to inspire a new crop of future agricultural scientists.

“Now is the ideal time to be involved with agriculture in Tasmania. There is an unprecedented opportunity to access just the right amount and type of education to carve out a niche in the agricultural field.

“You can study a two-year Associate Degree in Agribusiness through the University College or the bachelor degrees at the University of Tasmania – a four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science or a three-year Bachelor of Applied Science (Agriculture and Business).”

The professional development workshop is generously supported by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, Dairy Tas, Wine Australia and Fruit Growers Tasmania.

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