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TAS Country : September 2nd 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 News A taste of life on the land KAROLIN MacGREGOR EYE OPENER: Roger Tyshing TASMANIAN students got a feel for what the state's agricultural industries have to offer this week as part of a hands-on program designed to highlight career opportunities. A group of 20 senior secondary school students have taken part in the fourth Discover Agriculture program, which is a joint venture between the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association and Rural Skills Australia. The five day live-in program involves students visiting primary production and value adding businesses from a range of agricultural industries and service industries. Half of the program funding is sourced from the TFGA and the participating students cover the other costs. Rural Skills Australia education and training advisor Roger Tyshing is in charge of running the program and said it was a week he looked forward to each year. ''It's fantastic to be able to meet all these young people who are so enthusiastic about agriculture,'' he said. Mr Tyshing said the students' perceptions about what awasonofferasfaras agricultural careers often changed significantly dur- ing the week. ''We get quite a few kids that come to us each year andsayIjustwantajobon a farm, and that's very admirable, but once they've been through the program they realise how many different career op- portunities there actually are in agriculture, so it can be a a real eye opener for them,''he said. ''From talking to the 30 or so people we have in- volved with the program they also realise that to get anywhere in agriculture you need a good education, so it's actually helping with school retention rates.'' Students must apply to be included in the program and this year students from schools as far away as Scottsdale, Yolla and Geeveston participated. Mr Tyshing said the aim was to give the students real farm and industry experiences whenever possible. ''Everywhere we go we try to give them a hands on activity to do, and that's a really important part of the program,'' he said. This week the students visited a number of places including the Killafaddy saleyard, had a look at fleeces at the Roberts Wool Store and saw first hand what a mixed farming enterprise looks like at Gwendolyn Adams's property Leighlands near Perth and saw Rob Henry's value adding business Macquarie Oil Company near Cressy. The students have also spent time learning about service careers in agriculture from agronomy to livestock agents and careers in the government's primary indus- tries department. They also visited the University of Tasmania's Burnie campus to learn about courses. Long fight gets agriculture on curriculum AGRICULTURE is to be taught in all Australian schools. The authority overseeing the devel- opment of Australia's first national curriculum has bowed to pressure from the Primary Industries Education Foundation and other rural educators to ensure agriculture and other pri- mary industries are taught from kin- dergarten to Year 8. PIEF chief executive Ben Stockwin said the inter-government Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Report- ing Authority had also agreed to list primary industries as an optional stand-alone subject in Years 7 to 10. ACARA's decision is a major win for regional Australia, given that as re- cently as July the authority had dismissed calls for agriculture's in- clusion in the draft national curricu- lum. At the time ACARA curriculum manager Robert Randall told rural educators: ''Agriculture is not listed for development as a separate learning area.'' But after weeks of lobbying ACARA has given ground. This week, Mr Randall said ACARA believed all students should acquire knowledge, skills and understanding about the food they consumed and natural re- sources they used. ''That is why, to help guide the inclusion of this aspect of student learning into the Australian Curricu- lum, ACARA is collaborating with the PIEF to clarify desired learning about these topics,'' Mr Randall said. Mr Stockwin said it was a fantastic step forward for all primary industries. ''It also means students will be more aware of the huge range of careers available to them in primary indus- tries,'' Mr Stockwin said. Dean Cresswell of Urrbrae Agricul- tural High School said the new policy was a huge turnaround. The Weekly Times TRIGUARD is a trademark of Merial Limited. TRITON is a registered trademark of Argenta Manufacturing Limited. 2010 Merial Limited. TRIG-10-002 www.merial.com.au Protect your sheep with new triple-active TRIGUARD. Boasting the potent power of abamectin and a stable formulation, TRIGUARD provides reliable broad-spectrum protection, fights resistance and comes from the makers of another proven performer -- TRITON. Ask your rural supplier about the advantages of new TRIGUARD today. Every sheep, every dose, every time
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