Students gather in Wagga to learn about agricultural careers

IMAGINE having the opportunity to see into the future. An agricultural future that is.

Do you know what kind of career you would like to embark on when you leave school?

The diversity in the rural sector is enormous. From scientific roles to hands-on opportunities there is plenty to offer young students as the industry presses towards a production target of $100 billion by 2030.

On Friday the team at the Graham Centre in Wagga helped to give young people insights as to exactly what was on offer.

And in a place like the Riverina agricultural research is a big focus. From laboratory sessions to condition scoring sheep and learning where different cuts of meat come from there was certainly plenty to see.

Around 100 students from five schools in the Wagga area participated in the Graham Centre's annual Science and Agricultural Enrichment Day.

Students from Wagga High School, Kooringal High School, Mater Dei Catholic College, Kildare Catholic College and The Riverina Anglican College all participated.

Acting Graham Centre Director, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said one of the Graham Centre's goals is increase the capacity of agriculture to innovate.

"We do that by training graduates but also by showcasing what we do to a future generation of scientists. Our aim is that the Science and Agriculture Enrichment Day will show these young people how they can be part of the future of primary industries and lead innovation for the future."

Aside from showcasing research the practical workshops also gave the high school students an insight into diversity of careers in agriculture, the pathways to study and the role of scientists in the development of profitable and sustainable primary industries.

We are looking forward to doing it all again when students from Scots College in Albury, Billabong High School, Yanco Agricultural High School, Finley High School, Deniliquin High School, Albury High School and Hay War Memorial High School visit us later in June.