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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
4 Tasmanian Country Friday, September 3, 2010 TFGA ARM YOURSELF WITH RINGMASTER The Ringmaster pneumatic clip gun and Longlife Blue clips are the latest innovations from Waratah. When used together, it s the fastest and simplest way to secure clips to fence wires for netting, prefabricated fencing or to attach extra wires to an existing fence line. What s more, because the clips are coated with Longlife Blue technology, they ll last up to three times longer than standard galvanized clips. For more product information talk to your reseller, phone 13 10 80 or visit www.onesteelwaratah.com.au ® TM Trademarks of OneSteel Wire Pty Limited, Ingall Street, Mayfield, NSW 2304. ABN 59 000 010 873. ONE1388/TC Students given valuable lesson in life TFGA matters with Jan Davis The image of the Australian farmer may not have changed, but the reality is that there has been a dramatic transformation in how farming operates.' THIS week some senior secondary students from around the state have been given a taste of agriculture: from gumboot farming to the final fruits of the farmer's labours, whether that be food on the plate, fashions on the catwalk or international marketing. Discover Agriculture is a joint venture between the TFGA and Rural Skills Australia that introduces students to the importance of primary industry in our economy and the many career opportunities it offers. It coincided with a national development we have been pushing for ages. After intensive lobbying, organisations including the Primary Industries Education Foundation have convinced the nation's education administrators of exactly the point that Discover Agriculture has been making: Australian children need to understand the process by which we get food from the paddock to the plate, and the career opportunities that creates. They have adopted a far broader national curriculum. The image of the Australian farmer may not have changed, but the reality is there has been a dramatic transformation in how farming operates. In 2010, we are not talking about trying to turn as many students as we can into jackaroos or a jillaroos, who ride off into the sunset with a herd in tow. We are trying to instil in them a sense of the broader professional horizons that are associated with primary industry: accountants, lawyers, engineers, hydrologists, agronomists, communications specialists, marketers and diplomats. A national curriculum will give young Australians an understanding of the dynamics of farming and other primary industries, the infrastructure needed to make them work, and the vital role primary produce and the politics of food will play in our futures. National food security has been one of my constant themes. Children in Australia live in an increasingly urbanised society. They could be in danger of going through life without comprehending this aspect of the real world until the time comes when they have to confront the ultimate conflict: how to feed a world population of nine billion by 2050. The reform that has been impressed upon the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority is that the national school curriculum must go beyond questions of sustainability and the environmental impact of farming to the broader perspective of global food security and the role regional Australia plays in that. Itusedtobethatifyougrewupona farm, there was a high probability you would become a farmer. That no longer applies. We don't have a single path career throughout our lives. Some estimates suggest that students today will change careers perhaps seven times in their working life. Our role is to make sure that agriculture takes its place in those options, but not necessarily with an Akubra and long brown coat attached. The modern Australian farming enterprise is a sophisticated business that relies on professional advice from a vast network of allied professions, trades and businesses. Collectively, they hold the key to the future.
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