The NSW Department of Primary Industries had a huge presence at the Australian National Field Days on Thursday, the feature exhibitor showcasing its past, present and future contributions to primary industries.
DPI Director General Scott Hansen said attracting young farmers was crucial, which meant educating them on how food was produced and ensuring they were aware of the prosperous careers available to them.
“We’re very lucky in Orange in that the schools have integrated farming education into their curriculum,” said Mr Hansen.
We’re very lucky in Orange in that the schools have integrated farming education into their curriculum.Department of Primary Industries director general Scott Hansen
He said part of his message to students was a growing population with increased wealth meant a diverse skill set was required to fill the new roles in agriculture.
“Seasonal conditions will come and go but underneath that the fundamental message is a positive one,” Mr Hansen said.
He said young farmers will have the chance to hear advice on stage daily from the Young Farmer Business Program, a DPI initiative which aims to help young people get business savvy.
The feature exhibition also included an interactive learning display aimed at students.
The 67th annual field days are on at Borenore until 5pm Friday and Saturday.
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What’s on day two at the Field Days?
- Dogpro Three Sheep Trial on M Street: 9am-4pm.
- Hardwood Mills expo at K 40-42: 10am-4pm.
- Dr Andrew Rawson talks The World Beneath in the Education Centre: 10am.
- Racing and Diving Pigs show on M Street: 10.30am, 1pm and 3pm.
- Sarah Cox Floral Demonstration at the Style Pavilion: 10.30am.
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