Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia
PIEFA Conference 1-3 May 2016
Registrations are open for PIEFA's Conference "Food and fibre matters" to be held in Canberra from 1 to 3 May 2016. This landmark event for food and fibre education will draw presenters and attendees from Australia and overseas. Speakers from the USA, England, Scotland, New Zealand and Japan will provide keynote addresses. A prospectus is available for conference sponsors ... 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 Caberra HS; NSW - Cornish College, Dungog PS; QLD - Tambo SS, Corinda SHS; SA - Waikerie HS, Cummins Area School; TAS - Yolla DHS; VIC - Albert Park PS, 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.
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.