Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia

Parent-to-school letter

PIEFA has written a letter that parents can send to schools to raise teachers' awareness of the large number of resources available to support agricultural education. The letter draws attention to Primezone which is PIEFA's recently upgraded and expanded web portal to resources about Food and Fibre education.

Primezone is a treasure trove of materials and ideas to make it easier for teachers to provide effective lessons about agriculture. If you would like to provide this information to your child's school, please download the letter, fill in the relevant details, sign and send off.

PIEFA would be interested in any response you may receive. We would appreciate if you could forward any correspondence to ceo@piefa.edu.au

PIEFA launches secondary school resources

PIEFA has released brand new resources to expose students to cutting edge innovation and science. These resources were developed specifically for the secondary school curriculum and consist of user-friendly web pages with a low resolution print option. A combination of multi-lesson units and videos, supported by lessons, they have been independently assessed and trialled by the PIEFA network. For details of individual resources, see PIEFA's August newsletter.

'Rising Salt' connects farmers to science teachers

PIEFA today has made great inroads into increasing student and teacher understanding of science in the primary industries sector by launching a co-developed 'Primary Connections' resource with the Australian Academy of Science. PIEFA and Primary Connections have produced 'Rising Salt' a new resource focussing on the science behind primary production and land management ... read more.

RASNSW joins PIEFA

PIEFA welcomes the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW as a new member of PIEFA for 2016/17. RASNSW has long been a major player in the NSW agricultural landscape and its outstanding professional learning programs for NSW teachers and new resources have produced excellent results. PIEFA is proud to welcome RASNSW as a partner and member.

In announcing its membership General Manager of Agriculture, Mr Murray Wilton said, "The RASNSW are thrilled to partner with PIEFA whose vision aligns so closely with ours to foster knowledge about the food and fibre story, to imbed agriculture into the K-12 curriculum and ultimately increase the uptake of students choosing careers in agriculture."

Mummy, where does steak come from?

A group has been researching questions about Australians' understandings of 'ethical' food, including community attitudes to farm animal welfare. They wondered how children learned where meat came from, and whether parents felt comfortable having this discussion with them ... read more.

Primezone Partner Schools appointed for 2016

PIEFA thanks all schools that applied to be a Primezone Partner School for 2016. The field was extremely competitive and the successful schools were: ACT - University of Canberra HS; NSW - Dungog PS; QLD - Tambo SS, Corinda SHS; SA - Waikerie HS, Cummins Area School; TAS - Yolla DHS; VIC - Albert Park PS, Cornish College, Moyhu PS; WA - Manning Primary School, Pemberton DHS.

PIEFA will support these schools to extend and develop their programs, and the schools will host professional learning sessions, share resources and promote food and fibre education within their networks. Each month a different Primezone school will feature in the PIEFA newsletter. View school profiles.

Minister encourages careers in agriculture

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging young Australians to consider a rewarding career in agriculture. He is also encouraging educators to take advantage of the wonderful resources and programs offered by PIEFA ... read more.

PIEFA applauds Prime Minister's focus on teaching STEM

The Chair of PIEFA, Dr Cameron Archer AM, welcomed the launch by the Prime Minister of the National Innovation and Science Agenda statement, for its focus on development of resources and the need for quality teaching related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools ... read more.

PIEFA membership news

Minister Barnaby Joyce has announced that the Federal Department of Agriculture has renewed its PIEFA membership by making a three year commitment. Minister Joyce said that PIEFA has "unique experience in engaging youth in agriculture and have excellent track records in delivering good results" ... media release.

PIEFA's current members, Meat and Livestock Australia, Cotton Australia, Australian Pork Limited, Forest and Wood Projects Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the National Farmers Federation have also renewed their commitment to membership of PIEFA. These industry members are joined by our education members - the National Association of Agricultural Educators, the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture and the CB Alexander Foundation.