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Local students to attend AgTeCH17 Conference

A number of organisations, including Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC), are behind a sponsorship initiative to allow a number of local students and their teachers to attend the AgTeCH17 Conference organised by the Central Highlands Development Corporation (CHDC).

Executive Director of Production at QATC, Andrew Lewis, said the initiative was an important way that QATC could support youth to learn more about the opportunities that technology in agriculture brings to the future careers of young people planning to enter into the industry. 

“The AgTeCH17 conference explores topics at the heart of future agricultural productivity and profitability and showcases the latest innovations.  Young Tech conference category sponsors CHDC, CQUniversity and QATC want to play an active role in linking students with information about emerging technologies in agriculture.”

The successful applicants were Isabella Fanning (CQUniversity); Cameron Hosking (Emerald Agricultural College); Hamish Hutchings (Emerald Agricultural College); Cassie Johnston (Emerald Agricultural College/Emerald State High School); Meg McCosker (CQUniversity); Ruby Nelson (CQUniversity); and Jordan Spargo (Emerald Agricultural College/Emerald State High School).

Saba Sinai, Lecturer in Agriculture, CQUniversity and Richard Evans, Teacher of Mathematics and Science, at Emerald State High School have also been awarded bursaries to attend.

“Congratulations to all students and teachers,” said Mr Lewis.

“QATC is also setting up a technologically-influenced agricultural production management platform on our own industry scale enterprises. 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,” said Mr Lewis.

“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 agriculturalists, QATC is taking enrolments for courses in 2018. To find out more information, visit

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