Full STEAM Ahead Camp!

Observing engineering in practice in agriculture through the visit to Ahrens at Shea Oak Log.

Pasture biomass testing at Pasture Genetics at their research site at Penfield.

University of Adelaide Roseworthy campus tour of the veterinary department and vet facilities.

Full STEAM ahead Camp!

The Food and Fibre Education SA initiative took 20 high achieving students on a camp promoting the diverse range of agricultural careers in SA.

Students were selected from all corners of the state –  from Loxton to Balaklava, Lucindale to Kadina, Adelaide to Booleroo, and more! They spent a week touring businesses and research organisations such as the University of Adelaide, Emmetts, Laukes, Aherns Landmark, UniSA, AGT Grain, Leinerts, Mitolo, UniSA, Pasture Genetics, Ashmore White Suffolk Stud and Udder Delights.

Food and Fibre Education SA manager Belinda Cay says that the camp showcased more than 50 different careers in the ag sector, making students realise that ag is more than just gumboots and tractors!

“Students got to see ag engineering, food processing, agronomy, food production, manufacturing, research, science management, journalism and more,” she said.

Following the camp, which is endorsed by the Agricultural Teachers Association of SA, students will complete a week long work placement at a business of interest. These experiences help shape career direction and build networks.

The Food and Fibre Education SA initiative is all about attracting students into the agricultural industry, which currently has around six jobs for every graduate.

The initiative is supported by the University of Adelaide, the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society and the Crop Science Society of SA.