Feed your mind, feed the world

UP to 20 senior students will have the chance to get a free taste of the exciting careers on offer in agricultural science as part of the 2017 Feed Your Mind, Feed the World camp.

Applications are now open for the event, which is being run in December by the University of Tasmania.

Agriculture student outreach coordinator Dr Joanna Jones said the program had been specially designed for year 11 and 12 students to learn about the diverse career opportunities available to agricultural science graduates.

“Now is the perfect time to begin or advance your career in agriculture in Tasmania,” she said.

“Many young people envisage careers in agriculture being based around traditional farming enterprises like shearing sheep, milking cows or growing crops, which it can be, but it is also so much more.

“There is far more to 21st century agriculture than meets the eye.”

Current Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Caitlyn Munnings said going on the camp when she was in year 12 helped confirm her decision to study agriculture.

The Campania local said the camp was a “great experience” and highlighted how many opportunities there were in the state for agricultural graduates.

“Hearing industry people talk about how valuable Ag Science graduates are and the high number of jobs available when you graduate definitely made me confident that I was making the right choice,” she said.

“It was a good opportunity to see science being applied in the real world and to ask questions about the degrees the University of Tasmania offered in agriculture at the same time.

“I highly recommend the trip for any college students who are considering careers in agriculture, science, business and the environment.

“It is free and really great fun.”

The camp will see participants visit a selection of agriculture industries each day.

This will include visits to intensive hydroponic systems, a robotic dairy, floriculture enterprises, berry growers, dairy processors, large-scale agronomic businesses and vegetable producers and processors.

Dr Jones said many of these industries would be looking to employ agricultural graduates.

“It is a fantastic opportunity for students to see first-hand how diverse the agriculture industry is,” she said.

“As a result, we often see a high number of the camp participants enrolling to study agriculture at the University of Tasmania.”

The camp runs for three-days from 11-13 December and is open to year 11 and 12 students who have an interest in agricultural, biological, chemical and environmental science.

Applications close Friday 20 October 2017.

For more information or to apply, visit www.utas.edu.au/land-food/ag-camp.

Caption: Campania resident Caitlyn Munnings said participating in the Feed Your Mind, Feed the World camp led to her decision to study Agricultural Science at university.