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Welcome to our final PIEFA news for 2022 — and wow has the year gone quickly! We wish you all the best for getting through the final few weeks of the year, hope you have a Merry Christmas and enjoy some downtime this summer. 

In PIEFA news this month, we're so pleased to announce Professor David Lamb as one of the keynote speakers for PIEFA Conference 2023, plus we've wrapped up another successful Ag Week, attended the PM's Prizes for Science, were onsite to open a new Agricultural Centre of Excellence at a NSW school, released new Primezone resourcesCareer Harvest news and lots more

Thank you for supporting PIEFA this year and helping us to engage Australian schools and communities through education on food and fibre production and careers.


Luciano Mesiti
CEO | PIEFA
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PIEFA Conference 2023

PIEFA Conference 2023 is excited to introduce one of our inspiring keynote speakers! Professor David Lamb is a physicist and has worked in precision agriculture for more than 25 years. He is presently the Chief Scientist of Food Agility and holds Adjunct and Visiting Professor appointments at University of New England, Charles Sturt University and the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Lamb is an inspiring leader in the agriculture innovation space and we’re so excited for his presentation at PIEFA Conference 2023 on bringing Agtech to life!
Discover. Innovate. Connect.
PIEFA Conference 2023 will bring together leaders in the agriculture and education spaces. Exploring the theme: Growing the Next Generation of Food and Fibre Education.
PIEFA Conference 2023 delegate registration is now open, with a discounted early bird rate closing 3 March 2023. Applications to host a workshop or lightning session are being accepted until 17 February 2023.
Find out more

More news from PIEFA

PIEFA wraps up another successful National Ag Week! 
Thank you to all those who joined us to celebrate #AgDayAu 2022 – and a huge thanks to our member organisations who supported us throughout! We had so much fun engaging with a huge range of educators, students, farmers and industry professionals with our various activities and resources. Check out recordings from Ag Week, including secondary Teacher PD and Ag Careers Panels.
Watch the Ag Week recordings
PIEFA attends the Prime Minister's Prizes for Science in Canberra. Barker College's Head of Agriculture, Scott Graham at last got to accept his 2021 award for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools in person. Congratulations again to Scott and the other award recipients! 
Congratulations to Orange Anglican Grammar School in the NSW Central West, which officially opened its Agricultural Centre of Excellence on 22 November. CEO Luciano attended as the keynote speaker to talk about the importance of agricultural education to the Australian economy. Find out more
Deputy Chair of PIEFA's Board, Dr Simon Livingstone and CEO, Luciano Mesiti have written a thought leadership piece for the latest edition of The Australian Farmer Digital Book about workforce challenges and solutions for the future of agriculture. Read the full piece from page 240 online here

Primezone resources

Roots & Shoots Resource Box for Schools is a new free initiative of the Jane Goodall Institute of Australia (JGIA). The primary school curriculum-linked and action-based program aims to engage and educate students and the community about our wildlife and natural environment.
ForestLearning, George the Farmer and Kimberlin Education have been streaming into primary school classrooms live from the forests of South Australia this semester. Now students (F to 4) can watch the recorded sessions and learn where wood and paper come from. 

Career Harvest news

Are you a uni student passionate about the future of Australian rural industries? If so, the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship Program is designed to help you accelerate your career and broaden your horizons. Apply now
Gone are the days when a job in agriculture meant you had to own a farm and drive a tractor. Charles Sturt University's diversity in agriculture video shows what's possible in ag beyond farming. Watch now
Help grow tomorrow's farmers. Farm businesses are encouraged to apply before 31 December 2022 to become an AgCAREERSTART farm-host. You'll employ a young Australian for 10-12 months and share your skills, knowledge, and industry insights. Apply now

News from our members

Programming for 2023? Whether it's ideas for incorporating cotton contexts in the classroom, great teaching resources, or a free kit with posters, cotton seed packs and hands-on exploration, all you need to know is available at Cotton Australia's Cotton Classroom.

School and industry news

World Soil Day 2022 was celebrated on Monday 5 December, with the theme Soils: Where food begins focused on raising awareness about the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems. Find a fantastic range of information resources here.
Congratulations to the winners of the Soil Week Australia 2022 Healthy Soil School Competition - soil superheroes from East Hill Boys High School in Sydney, NSW and Grovelands Primary School in Camillo, WA. Find out more
After starting her own stud as a teenager, Megan Kent wants to see more women in cattle. Read a recent article by ABC Rural News featuring Megan, who talks about working in the cattle industry and the huge role women play in agriculture. Read more
Young workers head to rural NSW and Queensland to help with harvest season amid labour shortages. Read a recent article by ABC Rural News about how young people are swapping city life and their surf boards for tractors and chaser bins to get the crop off. Read more

PIEFA gratefully acknowledges the continued support of its partners

 

Thanks also to our associate members
    
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