UNE Ag students host Farming Futures Careers Fair in August

Published 25 July 2014

FF3University of New England agriculture students are giving industry the opportunity to bid for their expertise at the fourth annual Farming Futures Careers Fair and industry dinner in Armidale in August.

The Farming Futures Careers Fair is a student run initiative linking agriculture companies with current, future and past UNE graduates, to promote potential post-graduate jobs, as well as summer employment, internships and scholarships.

UNE Agricultural Science Student and Farming Futures spokesperson Darcy Ryder says her fellow students are optimistic about the future of their industry and the Farming Futures Careers Fair is about being proactive and getting the best start.

“Agriculture is re-emerging at the forefront of industry once more as developing nations’ wealth increases and Australia prepares to do our part to feed the world’s growing population,” Darcy Ryder said.

“In order to capitalise on these opportunities, the agriculture industry needs a new influx of younger workers and leaders, who have the knowledge and expertise to grow productivity and sustainability out to 2050.

“Graduates in agribusiness,  the environment and agricultural sciences and are going to be in high demand in coming decades and the industry participation in the Farming Futures Careers Fair recognises that the best graduates come from UNE.”

Darcy Ryder says students are drawn from across the country to UNE.

“I came to Armidale from Melbourne after asking many Victorian Agriculture teachers where I should go, while many of my fellow students have come to UNE from as far afield as Western Australia, South Australia and Northern Queensland, all based on industry recommendation.

“The Farming Futures Career Fair attracts the best and fastest growing agricultural businesses from across Northern NSW and Southern Queensland to UNE to market career opportunities to both university and high-school students. We’re currently looking for industry participants to register their interest as sponsors and exhibitors.

“Last year’s fair attracted more than 200 university students and around 100 high school agriculture students from the region, and this year we’re also extending the invitation to students from other universities.”

For more information on the Farming Futures Career Fair and Industry Dinner, please contact Kiah Stan-Bishop on 0400 477 230.