Farming education boosted by new program

Farming education boosted by new program

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THOUSANDS of Australian kids will get a first-hand account of agriculture in action under a $4.75 million Federal Government program rolled out by state and territory farming bodies, including Primary Producers SA.

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THOUSANDS of Australian kids will get a first-hand account of agriculture in action under a $4.75 million Federal Government program rolled out by state and territory farming bodies, including Primary Producers SA.

Successful recipients of the Educating Kids About Agriculture: Kids to Farms grant program include NT Farmers Association, Primary Producers SA, WA Farmers Federation, AgForce Qld Farmers, Tas Farmers and Graziers Association, NSW Farmers Association and Vic Farmers Federation.

These farming bodies will receive grants to sponsor government, Catholic and independent primary school visits to farms and other primary production worksites to learn about agriculture production, sustainability practices and land stewardship.

The first Kids to Farms lessons are expected to commence later in the 2020 school year.

Primary Producers SA received $562,100 in funding, with the grant term running until June 30, 2022.

"This exciting program will see our state and territory farming organisations connect our kids with farms and provide them with a real hands-on experience and insight into what's involved from the paddock to the plate" Mr Littleproud said.

"We want to give our kids a greater understanding of the important role Australia's thriving agriculture sector plays in our society and these immersive, real life experiences on-farm is sure to spark a life-long love of the land.

"A key part of this program is to showcase to our kids the breadth of career opportunities available in agriculture.

"The kids of today will be the farmers, agri-scientists, livestock agents, biosecurity officers - even ag ministers - of tomorrow.

"Australia's farming sector will lead our recovery out of COVID-19 and there has never been a better time for young Australians to study and pursue a career in agriculture."

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