Dinner and Fair to promote careers in agriculture

Published 17 July 2012

dinnerArmidale’s second annual Farming Futures Dinner, on the evening of Friday 3 August, is being organised in conjunction with the inaugural Agricultural & Agribusiness Careers Fair earlier that day.

Both of these events are being organised by UNE students who are members of Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) UNE and UNE’s Rural Science Undergraduate Society.

“They’re designed to bring together agricultural science students from the University of New England and representatives of agricultural industries,” said the Farming Futures Chairperson, Jo Newton. “Their aim is to promote career opportunities in the agricultural sector – inspiring and encouraging students to continue their agricultural studies and pursue a career in agriculture.”

Named the “GRDC Farming Futures Dinner” in recognition of its major sponsor – the Grains Research and Development Corporation – the dinner will be in the Armidale Ex-Services Memorial Club from 6 pm. The guest speakers – both of them UNE graduates – will be Sharon O’Keefe, Northern Grower Services Manager for GRDC, and Scott Hansen, Managing Director of Meat and Livestock Australia Ltd (MLA) and a former  Executive Director of the Sheepmeat Council of Australia and the Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group.

The Master of Ceremonies at the dinner will be Chris Russell – a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology and a former National President of that Institute – who was MC at the inaugural dinner last year. Mr Russell was a judge on the long-running, popular ABC television series The New Inventors.

Tickets for the dinner, available online at http://www.moshtix.com.au/event.aspx?id=58674&ref=GRDC, cost $50, and $25 for students. They cover light refreshments and drinks on arrival, and a two-course dinner with wine on the tables. Meat for the dinner is being supplied by Milly Hill Lamb and CAAB (Certified Australian Angus Beef).

The Agricultural and Agribusiness Careers Fair will be staged in UNE’s Lazenby Hall from 10 am to 3 pm. UNE students, secondary school students and teachers, TAFE students, and students from other NSW universities are being invited to attend.

“The main aim of the Careers Fair is to provide an avenue for businesses to promote graduate job opportunities, and opportunities for vacation work and industry placements for students,” Ms Newton said. Among the organisations represented will be the ANZ bank, the Australian Agricultural Company, Reardon Farms, Rimfire Resources, and PGG Wrightson Seeds Australia. For more information about the Careers Fair, e-mail ffutures@une.edu.au.

The Farming Futures Project is one of several community engagement projects that SIFE UNE – as an active branch of the international SIFE organisation – is currently undertaking.