Farming Futures Expo

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Planting the seed for the future leaders of Australia's agricultural sector.

About Farming Futures

The Careers Fair and Industry Dinner will be held on 3rd August 2018 - All Welcome!

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Farming Futures is organised by the Farming Futures Committee, an independent body run by UNE students. Prior to 2015, the Committee was supported by Enactus UNE (formerly SIFE UNE) and UNE Rural Science Undergraduate Society.

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The Farming Futures Dinner concept was founded in 2011 by students from the University of New England (UNE). These students are members of the Rural Science Undergraduate Society (RSUS) and Enactus UNE (formerly SIFE UNE).

Farming Futures is a celebration of careers in agriculture. Our vision for the Farming Futures Project was to create a networking event which would serve to:

  • Provide an avenue for companies to promote employment opportunities within the agricultural sector.
  • Increase student awareness of job opportunities in the agricultural sector.
  • Create opportunities for industry to meet with upcoming graduates.
  • Provide encouragement and inspire students to complete their degrees.
  • Facilitate networking opportunities between students, academics and industry.
  • Encourage all aspects of the sector to work together to tackle the shortage of agricultural graduates.

We believe that our Farming Futures concept is helping address some of the significant issues facing the agricultural sector such as: low numbers of agricultural graduates, uncertainty about career paths in the sector and the low percentage of the agricultural workforce with a tertiary education.  Just 7% of the agricultural work force has a tertiary education compared to the Australian workforce average of 22% (Pratley, 2010).

Our first event the Farming Futures Industry Dinner was held in 2011. It was attended by 70 students and 30 industry representatives.

In 2012 we expanded the Farming Futures concept and incorporated an agricultural careers fair at UNE into our events. This was then followed by the Farming Futures Dinner that evening. Close to 300 people visited the careers fair and 250 people attended the dinner. The two events generated over 50,000 media impressions.

In 2013, 17 companies attended the careers fair. This expanded to 27 companies in 2014. Approximately 500 university students attended the 2014 careers fair, as well as approximately 200 secondary students, attending as part of the high schools program. Some 280 tickets were sold to the 2014 Industry Dinner. In  2015, 292 tickets were bought for the Dinner, and 550 university students attended the Careers Fair.

Careers Fair

Farming Futures

The Agricultural and Agribusiness Careers Fair will be held on Friday the 28th of July, 2017, At Lazenby Hall, University of New England, from 10am to 2pm.

The Careers Fair showcased companies from the agricultural and agribusiness sector who are employing agricultural graduates.

The Careers Fair in 2017 is aimed at exposing both university and school students to the vast opportunities that are available in the agricultural sector. The Careers Fair can benefit anyone as it allows for networking and one on one time with some of the brightest minds in the ERS, Business School and the Industry Representatives.

So far these are the companies who are participating in or sponsoring the 2017 Careers Fair:
  • Suncorp
  • DA Hall
  • Rimfire Resources
  • NAB
  • Agricultural Appointments
  • Australian Eggs Limited
  • Costa
  • Austsafe Super
  • ANZ
  • Sun Pork Farms
  • Elders
  • Crowe Horwath
  • Roberts & Morrow
  • Landmark
  • Australian Cotton Institute
  • Future Farmers Network
  • Allianz
  • Australian Institute of Ag
  • Fresh Produce Group
  • GrainCorp
  • McGregor Gourlay
  • Pursehouse Rural
  • Delta Ag
  • Commonwealth Bank
Industry Dinner

In 2018, the Industry Dinner will be held on Friday, 3rd of August at The ‘Stro, University of New England, from 6pm to 11pm.

In 2017, 300 tickets were sold for the Industry Dinner.

Attendees at a Farming Futures Industry DInner

Schools Program

The Schools Program is celebrating its third year of offering high school students an insight into the careers available to them in agriculture and at UNE. It will be held in conjunction with our other annual events on Friday the 3rd of August, 2018. The Schools Program will be held in various buildings around the Armidale campus of the University of New England. The day long program will consist of a series of short talks from current and past UNE students, UNE staff and professionals working in various areas of agriculture, as well as lab sessions, a visit to the UNE SMART Farm and time to explore the Farming Futures Careers Fair. These are aimed at giving students a broad overview of why agriculture is an exciting industry to get into and why a university degree can take them further in this. The activities and talks aren’t designed to advertise UNE specifically but an excellent reputation as the leading regional agricultural university and the fantastic facilities make it a great place for us to host this event.

We predominantly aim the program at year 10 students, understanding that years 11 and 12 are very busy, but welcome any students who may benefit from our event - either with their school or on their own. Approximate run times are 9am to 3pm with lunch included. This event is FREE to all schools but we do require accurate numbers in advance to ensure smooth running of the day and adequate seating arrangements.

For more information or to register you or your schools’ interest, please contact our Schools Program Coordinators Mel Chapman (0408 816 550) or Laura Bignell (0467 092 185) or email us at

School students using scanning equipment


Farming Futures would not be possible without industry support.  The Farming Futures Committee would like to invite your business to become a part of this event, which is being organized by students, for students, and help support the future of Australia's Agricultural Industry.

If you have any questions about sponsorship, please email

2016 Sponsors



Farming Futures is a student-run initiative that was founded in 2011 at the University of New England (Armidale, NSW), through the collaboration between two student groups: Enactus UNE and the Rural Science Undergraduate Society (RSUS). The founders’ vision was to create network opportunities for UNE students with private corporations and organisations, aiming to ensure future employment for those students in industries dedicated to the Agricultural sector. In 2014, the Farming Futures Committee became independent of these two groups.

The Farming Futures Committee holds two annual events: the Careers Fair and the Industry Dinner. The Farming Futures Careers Fair aims to link agricultural companies with current, future, and past UNE graduates to promote employment opportunities (both in the short and long-term), and develop internships. During the 2014 Careers Fair, 200 high-school students, 500 university undergraduate students, and 27 industry representatives attended the event. The Farming Futures Industry Dinner in 2014 attracted 280 attendees, which included corporate sponsors, industry representatives, academics, and students. In 2013 these events gained international exposure through the Enactus World Championships in Mexico. The event received media coverage throughout Australia.

The Careers Fair in 2015 saw 33 industry representatives and 550 university students in attendance and the Industry Dinner receiving 292 ticket sales.

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Contact us

If you have any questions about Farming Futures, please contact:

Meg Rice - Chairperson
Mobile: 0458 127 116