Teaching the Teachers

The advances in agriculture and ensuring teachers, themselves, know what goes into modern farming and agriculture – That’s the purpose of a four-day conference being stage in the State Capital by AgForce this week.

farm-educationMore than 120 teachers from right across Australia will come together for the ‘Ideas to Grow With’ Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educators Conference to learn about the latest techniques and technology being used to teach agriculture in schools.

AgForce School to Industry Liaison officer Tanya Nagle says connecting young Queenslanders with agriculture was vital for the industry to flourish into the future.

“Farming has changed significantly over the years and today’s educators need to know how modern agriculture is adapting to continue to feed and clothe us sustainably while also protecting the environment for future generations.”

“Our children need to know where their food and fibre comes from, and they need to know there are many opportunities to get a job in agriculture.

This week’s conference will be the largest of its kind held in Queensland. It’s goal is to bring cutting edge technology concepts to the classrooms, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder and to ensure teachers are equipped to teach the next generation of our industry.

Ms Nagle says teachers will be up-skilled on current agricultural practices and equipped with the knowledge of the wide range of career and training opportunities for students in plants, animal, science and rural industries.

“It will also demonstrate that the primary industries are a valuable and high-tech industry operating at the cutting-edge of science and technology and bring agriculture back into the forefront of education by showing teachers that agriculture is vital to our future prosperity.”