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Ag Innovation inspires Next Generation

Emerald Agricultural College students were extremely impressed with the latest advancements made in agricultural and agribusiness technologies, showcased at the recent AgTeCH17: Build it, Use it, Profit forum and in-field demonstrations organised by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC).

Andrew Lewis, Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) Executive Director of Production said the event was a great opportunity for students to learn more about the prospects that technology in agriculture brings to the future careers of young people planning to enter into the industry.

“AgTeCH17 explored topics at the heart of future agricultural productivity and profitability and showcased the latest innovations,” Mr Lewis said. “Emerald Agricultural College was pleased to be able to host the associated field demonstrations showcasing Komatsu’s world first intelligent automated excavator, SwarmFarm Robots and PrecisionHawk drones in action.” 

AgTECH17 attendance bursary recipient Cassie Johnston, from Emerald Agricultural College said “it was a really great day, especially for the agriculture students.  It enabled us to network with industry and potential employers.  All the presentations were very interesting and I learnt so many new things including Blockchain, which still blows my mind but I do have a much better understanding of it now.”

Cameron Hoskings Emerald Agricultural College bursary winner said “AgTeCH17 was a great event to have the chance to attend.  I learnt about all the different technology that is coming into agriculture.  The technology is far out in front of where I thought it would be.”

“QATC students will continue to experience first-hand how to use these new technologies live in the field, as we are currently setting up a technologically-influenced agricultural production management platform on our own industry scale enterprises,” explained Mr Lewis. 

“This is important for our own productivity, but to provide a learning environment for our students, that will meet the skills needs for their future careers,” he said.

“The generation of youth entering agriculture right now, will have to work out how to double global food and fibre production by 2050, to meet the world population demands.  This is in the years before today’s ag students retire that this has to be achieved.  It’s an amazing challenge, and one QATC is very clear about how we support our students to play an important part of meeting this challenge.”

For aspiring ag tech career-makers, QATC is taking enrolments for courses in 2018. To find out more information, visit www.qatc.edu.au or make the call on 1800 888 710.

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