On this year’s AgDay, Friday, 19 November 2021, the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) is challenging Australians to consider the career opportunities in agriculture and to embark on an #AgVenture.
“There is a job for everyone in agriculture – whether it’s riding the boundary fences of a Top End cattle station or breeding the next breakthrough wheat variety in an inner-city laboratory, Australians really can choose their own #AgVenture,” said NFF CEO Tony Mahar.
“The quintessential farm jobs that have in many ways defined agriculture are still there and new entrants are desperately needed. Jobs like shearers, roustabouts, station hands, header operators and stock truck drivers.
“And, there are many other jobs, lots of which can be city or country-based, that aren’t on-farm but which are vital in the farm supply chain. Careers in fields as diverse as finance, digital technology, science, marketing, trade and policy development,” said Mr Mahar.
At AgriFutures Australia, programs such as the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award, AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, are supporting the people driving our future rural industries and communities and equipping them with the skills they need for the future.
AgriFutures Australia, Manager, Communications & Capacity Building Angela Wakeman said the participants in these programs have diversified in the last ten years.
“We have Horizon Scholars that have never stepped foot on a farm but they want to pursue a career in agriculture because they see that the industry is so versatile and exciting.