Our Young Farming Champion Visit!
We had a fantastic visit from our Archibull Farming Champion Laura Bennett.
Firstly we showed Laura our past Archibull projects and interviewed her for our current project. Laura had a great sense of humour and was really interested in what we had done. We also got to learn about her background and how she became a cotton Agronomist.
She did a great presentation for our year 9/10 Agriculture class outlining all of the stages of the cotton industry from seeds in the paddock through to end products like socks and cooking oil. It was obvious how passionate Laura was about the cotton industry. She was so inspirational that several students want to be cotton agronomists just like Laura. She also outlined how the climatic challenges are affecting cotton farming and some of the measures which cotton farmers are incorporating into their farming practices.
The Year 11/12 agricultural class were then treated to a very informative presentation on the cotton industry, including careers in agriculture and adapting to the challenges of climate. They had lots of questions and were very engaged in Laura’s presentation.
The year 7 agriculture class then took Laura for a tour of the school agriculture farm, including the newborn South Suffolk lambs. They are totally spoilt rugged up in their woollen coats. Since using the coats we have not lost any lambs from the cold, wet conditions. We also have alpacas protecting the sheep.
After lunch the photography and art class shared their ideas about their design on the Archibull cow model and got feedback from Laura.
Overall we learnt a lot from Laura and we wish her all the best in her future agricultural endeavours.
Written by Bridget
Young Farming Champion Visit
To see Marie interview Laura, go to https://youtu.be/mePfLBsqXfc
For more information on Laura, visit her blog at https://art4agriculturechat.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/meet-laura-bennett-third-generation-banana-and-beef-farmer-who-now-has-cotton-in-her-veins/
The Henry Lawson High School students -careers
The Henry Lawson High School participates in several careers days and the students have also benefitted from other careers, University, TAFE and after school training presentations and open days.
Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 have attended career and University/TAFE training days at Forbes and Young this year. We learnt a lot about a wide range of opportunities beyond school, including the armed forces, engineering, agronomy, teaching, media studies and veterinarian. This has helped to motivate us to study well to achieve our goals. We now have more ideas on what we have to do to set ourselves up for the futures which we want and we know which courses we need to study as well.
Year 9, 10 and 11 agriculture students attended Ag Vision which is a fantastic hands-on careers workshop day. https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=junee+ag+vision+2016&view=detailv2&&id=7F8FE7BE7DC0DF860AA297D36015FDC3FC77A6AB&selectedIndex=0&ccid=iTF2K7%2fU&simid=608012485168988203&thid=OIP.M8931762bbfd424b6bf9fb856988baa21o0&ajaxhist=0
When we reflected on our day at the Junee High School Ag Vision what we liked the most was……
- the wool classing opportunities that are available for people was motivating and I am also interested in a career in agronomy, as you get to travel and see other people’s farms (Marie)
- how to stitch animals during the vet workshop was very interesting and perhaps this might be a career I would enjoy, as I would like to help animals stay healthy. (Bridget)
- the robotics engineering was inspiring and I am considering this or other engineering career paths (Connor)
- I enjoyed learning about the global grain market and how it affects the Australian grain prices. I really want to either be a farmer because I like working with animals and machinery along with getting outside in the fresh air. I’m also interested in learning to fly (Andrew)
- I enjoyed watching the sheep shearing demonstration and the engineering was interesting. I want to work on farms like what Dad does, especially sowing crops (Jono)
- the veterinarian was my favourite workshop, as I learnt how to stitch a pig’s hoof and learnt more about animals. I would like to do a veterinarian career because I like spending my time with animals and I care about animal welfare (Jesse)
Written by Jesse
Careers in Agriculture in Australia
Farming as a vocation tends to be a high degree of self-employment and long working hours. In 2011, 50% of farmers worked 49 hours or more a week. Only 17% of other workers put in so many hours. More than half (56%) of Australia’s farmers were self-employed owner managers (compared with 15% of other workers), with 17% working as employees managing farms owned by someone else.
There are approximately 134,000 farm businesses in Australia, 99 percent of which are family owned and operated, although this is decreasing with foreign ownership of Australian farms increasing.
The complete agricultural supply chain including the food and fibre industries, provide over 1.6 million jobs to the Australian economy. Less than 1% of the Australian population are farmers yet they supply 93% of the food Australians eat. More than 82% of jobs in the agriculture sector are beyond farmgate in supply and secondary industry trades.
Cotton Industry Careers:
Competent and skilled people are required in the cotton industry; including machinery operators and chippers for planting, cropping and cultivation, irrigators for watering, cotton pickers, module builders and boil buggy operators to harvest, gin operators for processing, and crop managers and managers to run the farm. The cotton industry directly employs 10,000 Australians in a non-drought year.
Agronomists are also needed to advise on plant health and nutrition, entomologists for studying insects, bank managers, crop dusters, insurance brokers, machinery dealers, fuel company employees, fertiliser sales agents, spinners, designers and retail managers all are employees which contribute and are essential for the cotton industry.
Careers in cotton PowerPoint