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 Friday 26th July, 2019 - 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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History

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 2018, 39 companies attended the careers fair. Approximately 500 university students attended the careers fair, as well as approximately 100 secondary students, attending as part of the high schools program. The Industry Dinner was a sell out event, with approximately 320 in attendance.

Careers Fair

The Agricultural and Agribusiness Careers Fair will be held on Friday the 26th of July, 2019, 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 2019 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.

Industry Dinner

In 2019, the Industry Dinner will be held on Friday, 26th of July at The ‘Stro, University of New England, from 6pm.

In 2018, 320 tickets were sold for the Industry Dinner. At the dinner a charity auction was held and over $9,000 was raised. All funds were donated to Aussie Helpers, a not for profit volunteer run charity that supports farming families to ensure their wellbeing and survival during tough times. The effect of drought on the financial and mental state of farmers and their families is ultimately what kicked off this initiative, which has turned into a well-known charity with volunteers in Tasmania, Victoria, SA, NSW and QLD.

The master of ceremonies for the evening was Lyndsey Douglas, the Head of Innovation at Ray White Rural and Livestock, the CEO of STOCKD (an app for marketing livestock for sale) and the Director or Agriculture Shows Australia. We were very fortunate to have Margo Andrae as our guest speaker. Margo is the current CEO of the Cattle Council of Australia, prior to this she held positions with CSIRO, University of NSW, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation and QLD Government. She has extensive experience in stakeholder engagement, marketing, communications, business development, operations and resource management and is currently completing her MBA through the Australian Graduate School of Management, UNSW.

Schools Program

The Schools Program offers 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 26th of July, 2019. The Schools Program will be held in various buildings around the Armidale campus of the University of New England. The program 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 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 are not 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 1pm with morning tea and lunch provided.

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 Elizabeth Argue (0448 767 872) or Annaliese Draper (0417 635 154) or email us at ffutures@une.edu.au

Sponsorship

Farming Futures events 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 ffutures@une.edu.au

2018 Sponsors and Careers Fair Attendees

Gold

  • Auscott Limited
  • Australian Pork Limited
  • Australian Wagyu Association
  • Costa Tomatoes
  • Ray White

Silver

  • Ag Institute Australia
  • Agricultural Appointments
  • AMPS Agronomy
  • Australian Pest and Veterinary Medicines Authority
  • Fletcher International
  • Fresh Produce Australia
  • GrainCorp
  • National Australia Bank
  • Poultry Hub
  • Prime Super
  • Pursehouse Rural
  • Rimfire Resources – GradLink
  • Roberts & Morrow
  • RuralCo.

Bronze

  • Armidale Regional Council
  • Australian Eggs Limited

Booth Holder

  • Ag n Vet Services
  • Angus Australia
  • Arrowfield
  • Australian Cotton Industry
  • Bush Recruitment
  • CommBank
  • Costa Berries
  • Delta Agribusiness
  • Elders
  • Future Farmers Network
  • Gwydir Valley Irrigators
  • Landmark
  • McGregor Gourlay
  • NSW Farmers
  • Paraway Pastoral
  • Peracto
  • Ray White Rural & Livestock
  • Royal Agricultural Society
Prospectus

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.

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2019 Charity

Each year, the Farming Futures committee supports a charity that is close to their hearts. Donations are raised through a Charity Auction held at the Industry Dinner. This year, the committee has chosen Western Air Care.

Western Air Care is a registered charity which all donations and proceeds goes directly to helping out those in need. They operate through a group of dedicated volunteers who understand the challenged people in remote and regional areas may have. Farmers are often bound by the affects of drought, flood and fire which can have devastating affects not just for individuals but for entire communities. Western Air Care provides support and assistance to communities effected by these significant challenges.

Last year, over $9000 was raised for Aussie Helpers.

Contact us

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

Forbes Corby – Chairperson
Mobile: 0403 597 109
Email: ffutures@une.edu.au

Emma Rice – Vice-Chairperson
Mobile: 0499 026 101
Email: ffutures@une.edu.au