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Welcome to the September edition of PIEFA news! 

This month, we're excited to share some wonderful stories from ABC News online that capture the spirit of innovation in the food and fibre education space, and have us very excited for the future of our industry. 

You'll also find a range of new classroom resources, career pathways information, Teacher PD opportunities, plus plenty more. 

Finally, we are very pleased to welcome a new Associate Member to PIEFA this month, the
Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF). 

Luciano Mesiti

Inspiration and innovation

Tocal College welcomed its first female students 50 years ago, moving the ag world forward 'in leaps and bounds'. Margo Duncan (pictured) was one of the first women permitted to study at Tocal after it began accepting women in 1972 and now her granddaughter Emilia (pictured) is studying and continuing her legacy. Read more.
Ivanhoe Central School wins national Landcare award for sustainable farm project. School students from a tiny town in far west New South Wales have taken out a national Landcare award, beating groups from cities like Sydney and Melbourne, for their outback adventure farm which is helping to feed their community. Read more.
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News from PIEFA

We are currently recruiting for a Project Manager to effectively deliver on a new project, funded by the NSW Government. The successful candidate will work closely with NSW educational organisations, in association with various primary industry sectors, to achieve project objectives. Find out more
PIEFA was delighted to sponsor Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries 2022 Hermitage Schools Plant Science Competition, encouraging the next generation of people who will be involved in agricultural/science careers. Check out all the winners.

Primezone resources

ForestLearning’s new Sustainable Ag Agroforestry case study videos transport students onto three Australian farms successfully reaping the benefits of incorporating trees into their farming landscapes. 
View resource on Primezone
The Grains and Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) has resources for all ages that covers topics including whole grains, legumes, nutrition, health, research, gut health and plant protein. 
View resource on Primezone

Career Harvest news

Hear from AgCAREERSTART host farmer, Gavin, in a video about his experience having an agriculture gap-year participant work on his cotton farm for a year. Sign up now as a host farmer or gap-year student for 2023. 
Have you discovered how many science careers there are in agriculture... some you may not have thought of! Find a range of primary industries science careers at

News from our members

Applications for the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women's Award and the 2023 AgriFutures Rural Women's Acceleration Grant open on Wednesday 7 September 2022. Q&A sessions are also being held for people considering applying. Find out more.
Hort Innovation is promoting Food Ladder's webinar for teachers this Thursday 8th September and new resources on Primezone which are great activities to do with students to help identify and control insect pests like fruit fly in greenhouses or gardens.
The Australian sugar and sugarcane stand at this year's Ekka gave the city an immersive sugar experience and a bird’s eye view of how sugarcane is grown and harvested and how sugar is produced via a Virtual Reality ‘paddock to packet’ tour. Read more.
Supported by NSW Farmers, the Kids to Farms excursion program is built on the ethos of two agriculture experiences by the age of 12, and so far, more than 3200 students have benefitted and gotten a taste of future career opportunities. Find out more
If you're a teacher in the Riverina region of NSW, Join Cotton Australia, Agri-tech Education and Innovation and CQUniversity Australia for a free professional development (PD) session this Thursday 8 September. Explore curriculum-aligned activities designed for the local cotton industry. Register now.
Attention South Australian based teachers and career counsellors. Join Wine Australia in the Clare Valley on 19 October for a professional development opportunity exploring hands on curriculum aligned activities for the viticulture and wine industry, using Holland’s RAISEC model. 
Register now


School and industry news

The NSW School Merino Wether Challenge was held at the end of August with 62 schools entered from across the state and over 500 students attending the event. Overall champion winners were Gunnedah High School. Read more in The Land.
Grant applications are now open for the 2023 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry! Apply now for a grant of up to $22,000 to fund your project.

PIEFA gratefully acknowledges the continued support of its partners


Thanks also to our associate members
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