Ag’s next generation takes Tamworth tour

NINETEEN high school students from across the country yesterday visited several Tamworth farming venues as part of a five-day agricultural studies tour.

The University of New England’s (UNE) Primary Industry Centre for Science Education (PICSE) program took its visiting students, from as far afield as Western Australia and Queensland, to Tamworth on day three of the tour.

On their full day in and around the city they visited Glendon Poultry and Vitera Malt, and took part in a water taste-testing at East West EnviroAg. Four of the students came from Tamworth.

They had the chance to network with primary industry scientists, innovators and industry leaders.

Organisers hope their experiences will inspire them to become the country’s next primary industry professionals.

UNE is just one of several PICSE centres across the state and has been involved in the program for the past five years.

PICSE science education officer Susanna Greig said it was a fantastic opportunity for the 19 students to learn about the industry in a practical way.

Ms Greig said at the camp this week, ending tomorrow, the students would learn about the broad range of science-based careers in the agriculture sector.

After the camp, students will undertake a five-day work placement in an area of their choosing. They will come back to UNE in February to report on their experiences.

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