Video - "Making the Most of it"
"Making the Most of It" is a short video showcasing innovation and career opportunities for students in agricultural industries. It is seen through the eyes of Justin Whittle who is studying a Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security at Western Sydney University. This is a great resource for students, particularly those keen on a career in innovation in the industry... watch video.
Scientific approach to food and fibre production
Kelly Spence, Education Officer with PIEFA, writes about resources developed by PIEFA to help teachers shape students' ideas about sustainable food and fibre production ... read more.
Primary Industries Entrepreneurial Schools (PIES)
Professor John Halsey, Rural Education and Communities, Flinders University, has published an article titled "Primary Industries Entrepreneurial Schools and Food Production" in the Springer Encyclopaedia of Food ... read more.
'Rising Salt' connects farmers to science teachers
30 June 2016
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.
PIEFA news in NSW Agriculture Teachers' Bulletin
Selected snippets of PIEFA news from April and May 2016 ... read more.
School stud starts life-long ag passion
26 May 2016
Grace Calder's passion for sheep and agriculture was sparked by a sheep stud at her high school. She has since found a graduate program with the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources "eye opening"... read more.
Rural Discovery Day a hit in Brisbane
24 May 2016
More than 1,200 Brisbane primary school children learned the truth that milk comes from cows, not cartons, as they converged on the Brisbane Showgrounds for the annual Royal Queensland Show Rural Discovery Day... read more.
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.
Jay Jackman on Country Hour re PIEFA conference
3 May 2016
Dr Jay Jackman, Executive Director of the USA's National Association of Agricultural Educators and keynote speaker at the 2016 PIEFA Conference was interviewed on ABC's NSW Country Hour. The interview begins at the 36:30 mark ... listen to interview.
Jack grabs Emerald Ag College career opportunity
20 April 2016
When the opportunity to study certificate in agriculture through the Pathways to Agricultural Careers and Education (PACE) at the Emerald Agricultural College was presented to 16-year-old Jack Young last year he grabbed the opportunity. Jack is one of 16 students enrolled ... read more.
Qld minister commits to ag science in schools
14 April 2016
Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones has moved to allay the fears of teachers, students and parents following reports her department was planning to dump agricultural science from its senior school curriculum. The Queensland Government announced earlier this year that it will introduce a new senior assessment and tertiary entrance system, starting with students entering Year 11 in 2018 ... read more.
Tully High successes based on ag skills
20 April 2016
The loss of agricultural science from the senior school curriculum would be "devastating" in the words of Tully State High School agriculture coordinator Warren Giffen. The school has been teaching the standalone subject for over 25 years and has been finding it an ideal pathway for numerous tertiary courses ... read more.
Connections through food and fibre education
An article titled "Making Connections through Food and Fibre Education" by Ben Stockwin (CEO, PIEFA) published in Conversations (Australian Association for Environmental Educaion NSW) ... read more.
PIEFA applauds Prime Minister's focus on teaching STEM
9 December 2015
The Chair of PIEFA, Dr Cameron Archer AM, welcomed yesterday's 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.
Sowing food and fibre in the curriculum
An article titled "Sowing Food and Fibre into the Primary and Secondary Curriculum" by Kelly Spence (PIEFA Education Officer) published in Interaction vol. 43, no. 4 ... read more.