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Hasn’t the year started with a bang!? So many fantastic initiatives underway to build the future of food and fibre education and we’re excited for the launch of several new resources and programs that are on the horizon for PIEFA and our member organisations.

This #InternationalWomen'sDay we celebrate the incredible women & girls in STEM who are trailblazing for a more sustainable tomorrow.

I also had the pleasure of attending another fantastic evokeAG conference in Adelaide a couple weeks ago, which provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with farmers, innovators and researchers in the agrifood sector.

Please enjoy the March edition of PIEFA News, which includes the latest updates on PIEFA Conference planning, along with excellent opportunities for teachers to attend. We also have prizes, scholarships, and new resources available - and you can contribute to the development of new classroom resources for fisheries, aquaculture, and marine studies.
As always, thanks for tuning in!
Luciano Mesiti
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PIEFA Conference 2023

Delegates at #PIEFAConference2023 automatically go in the running to win an exclusive prize, kindly donated by Gilberton Outback Retreat!
Prize includes:
- 2 nights all-inclusive accommodation in a private retreat in Far North Queensland for 2 adults
- Outback adventures
- Paddock-to-plate meals
- Tailored tours
- Sunset drinks

T&Cs apply. Permit No. ACT TP 23/00395
REGISTER NOW for your chance to WIN!

We’re proud as punch to welcome our newest sponsors for #PIEFAConference2023: Meat and Livestock Australia lanyard sponsors, Charles Sturt University silver sponsors, CQ University with the coffee cart, and GRDC bronze sponsors. So grateful for the support!

Cotton Australia is offering scholarships for 2 early career teachers interested in the cotton industry to attend the PIEFA Conference in Canberra on May 1-2, 2023, with full conference registration, Gala Dinner ticket, and 2 nights' accommodation covered. Learn more HERE.

More news from PIEFA

Due to torrential rain and subsequent flooding, next week’s Food and Fibre Teacher PD in Far North QLD has been POSTPONED. A new date will be announced soon. Thank you so much to those that have registered – we do hope you can attend on the new dates.

Primezone resources

Explore Fishfiles: Seafood - Ocean to plate, a video resource by the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation, taking Year 7-12 students on a journey through the aquaculture supply chain. Discover practices for enhancing productivity, profitability, and sustainability.

Thinking ahead - future fishing, aquaculture and marine science programs. Complete the survey to share your school's current fishing, aquaculture, and marine science programs, and challenges faced in delivering them. Your views will help inform future resource development.

Access teacher survey HERE

Free Resources for International Day of Forests, "Healthy Forests for Healthy People" – March 21 '23. Order a free teachers pack, virtually tour Australia’s forests with ForestVR, get outdoors using the Tree Carbon Storage Tape Measure, and download lesson plans, videos, and more from ForestLearning. Access HERE

Career Harvest news

It's GO TIME for numerous ag, food and fibre scholarships nationwide. Explore the University of Queensland's Costa Berries scholarship in Horticultural Science, or the ANU’s ACTION Trust Honours Scholarship by the Fenner School of Environment and Society, and the Research School of Earth Sciences. Career Harvest & FB.
MYTH: Agriculture is only farming.
FACT: There’s a career for every interest in this amazing industry! This list is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the AgCAREERSTART gap-year program and prepare to be inspired! Find out more here.

News from our members

Experience Meat & Livestock Australia's Paddock to Plate journey at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. Learn about beef and lamb production in Australia through an immersive 360-degree tour and chat with red meat producers. Learn more here.

Picasso Cows are now seeking schools in WA and NSW to enrol in a curriculum-linked program that teaches the importance of the Australian dairy industry in a fun and engaging way. Students will also get to design, decorate and keep their own fibreglass cow. Enrolments for Term 2 are closing soon.

School and industry news

Kids to Farms is offering excursions and incursions available for Term 1. All Kids to Farms experiences are NSW syllabus linked and designed to connect to your classroom lessons, with incursions offered free of charge. Visit to find out more!
As part of AgriFutures' Community Perceptions and Worker Experiences Program, more than 5,000 people were surveyed to understand the key drivers of workforce attraction and retention in agriculture, fisheries and forestry. Results can be found here under 'Articles and Reports of Interest'.

ABC Education's Future Farmers is a 7-part series showcasing various Australian agricultural industries. Each episode features a young farmer who shares insights on their farm, including growing and processing methods, technology and science usage, and sustainability practices.

Apply now for the 2023 Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants which offer primary schools and early learning centres up to $1,000 each for hands-on projects teaching kids about sustainable food production, waste management, biodiversity, or First Nations perspectives. Closing 17 March 2023.

Win $1000 for your school!
The Crawford Fund has updated curriculum aligned food security materials and assessment rubrics and are encouraging students to share their work as part of Development for a Better Future. Find out more here.

PIEFA gratefully acknowledges the continued support of its partners


Thanks also to our associate members
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