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TUESDAY, MAY 2 @ 9:50am

Lightning sessions offer delegates a snapshot into the presenters field of expertise or research. Each lightning presentation runs for 5-minutes and will be held in the main plenary room – National Ballroom 2 – within Hotel Realm. 

LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: Is that a drink or something far more important?
Tanya Nagle
It might sound like a drink but the AgForce School to Industry Partnership Program (SIPP) has delivered awareness about agriculture directly to the primary and secondary students for close to 20 years. SIPP delivers a range of events and programs throughout the year for primary students, secondary students, and teachers. These programs educate students about the origins of their food and fibre, engaging them with a wealth of primary production and agricultural sectors to raise the profile of careers in agribusiness increasing awareness of the variety of career paths on offer. Hear about some of our programs and why SIPP is so successful.



HOST: Australian Eggs
Doreen Anene
Join us for an egg-citing session to learn about complete lesson plans, amazing resources and links to videos that will support you in teaching your students about Australia’s Egg Industry. Also, learn about scholarships and free trainings available towards landing and building a lucrative careers in the egg industry.



LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: The Rootlings Network – Engaging the next generation of NSW wine industry professionals  
HOST: NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Maggie Jarrett, Viticulture Development Officer (Sustainability and Biosecurity)
In my role as Viticulture Development Officer with the NSW DPI based in Orange, I am project head of the ‘NSW Wine Youth Network – Pilot project’. Through co-funding between NSW DPI and Wine Australia, the goals of the Youth Network were to establish a structured youth network for NSW wine industry professionals under 35 years. Proposed to address retention and engagement within the industry, the pilot project aimed to connect and develop the next generation of wine industry employees through networking and training. In this talk I will cover how a small-scale pilot, focussed on gathering industry perspective through meaningful surveys and face-to-face engagement, can empower wine industry employees under 35 to play a driving role in the future of the industry. I will also discuss our integrated approach to tackling workplace shortages through both business and soft skill development. Presented to industry and government, new strategies developed in the Youth Network pilot project can be utilised to encourage future generations to be engaged, committed and strengthen all areas of primary industries. 



LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: Wine – now that I have your attention!
HOST: Wine Australia
  • Jo Hargreaves, Senior Program Manager
The Australian wine industry is a significant agricultural commodity, supporting thriving regional communities and exporting tens of thousands different wines to over 100 destinations worldwide, valued at $1.94 billion. With over 200 years of viticulture and winemaking tradition across 65 regions, we are an industry focussed on sustainability and innovation, offering careers across the value chain – covering the full spectrum of ‘science and art’.
Wine Australia is working with PIEFA and others to develop new resources and classroom-based activities related to viticulture, wine science (oenology) and wine business. We’re also producing short videos and activities exploring diverse careers across the sector, aiming to inspire and engage the next generation.
This session will demonstrate how age-appropriate viticulture and winemaking related educational activities have relevance across the Australian Curriculum covering chemistry, biology, agriculture, geography, design, technology … and more. You will learn about resources that are available now and hear about some exciting new opportunities that will be available soon to help students understand and value Australian food and fibre production.
There are already many schools with their own vineyard and successful winemaking businesses, entering wine competitions and selling (but of course never tasting) their wines. The good news is that with our new resources you’ll be able to engage students with inspirational industry developed ‘paddock to plate’ activities even if you’re not near a vineyard or a wine region.



LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: Embracing agtech adoption
HOST: AgriFutures Australia
Emma Harbison, Manager Innovation
The AgriFutures Australia Producer Technology Uptake Program (PTUP) commenced in 2021 to support producer groups and agricultural high schools to increase adoption of technology solutions on-farm. PTUP aims to establish a national network of farmers, fishers and foresters that champion and accelerate innovation and practice change on-farm. The program works with well-connected producer groups who know and understand their local producers’ needs, including knowledge gaps, skills and experience that prevent them from implementing agtech innovation. In 2022, the program’s eligibility was expanded to include agricultural high schools with projects focused on building student capacity to learn, understand and incorporate technology on-farm. The national initiative rolls out program activities over a 12-month period to drive peer-to-peer learning and is delivered across three tranches: farm-tech capacity building planning workshops, tech adoption grants and access to an online Community of Practice (CoP). Successful producer groups and agricultural high schools are awarded a grant of up to $20,000 to deliver their technology uptake program.



HOST: Murrumbidgee Regional High School 
Carl Chirgwin, Rel. Head Teacher Science & Agriculture, Agriculture/Primary Industries Teacher
Students in my 2022 Year 10 Agriculture class completed a Project Based Learning activity based on the concept of Australian Business Week. With this broad structure in mind, they were given the option to either modify an existing enterprise or create a totally new enterprise at our school farm. They were given the option to work in groups, time to research, questions as a guide, and then presented to me and other business-based personnel in the school. From this, we were able to identify certain presentations to assist with budget needs for 2023 – Terrific Turkeys was a standout presentation. 



LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: How can we improve the education continuum in Agriculture?
HOST: Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture
Amy CosbyAssociate Professor, Senior Research Fellow, CQUniversity Australia
Anecdotal evidence suggests that greater engagement between tertiary educators, secondary teachers and agriculture industries can drive innovation in curriculum design and delivery. This presentation by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture Learning and Teaching Academy will explore opportunities to enhance interactions and design curriculum together. The Academy was formed by the Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture (ACDA) to inform innovation and quality in tertiary teaching practice in Agriculture and related disciplines. The Academy aims to encourage the scholarship of learning and teaching (SoLT) for agricultural educators; provide reward and recognition for excellence and innovation in tertiary agricultural education; promote and sustain the implementation and regular update of the national Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for Agriculture; and; support interactions between tertiary and secondary agricultural educators and industry.



LIGHTNING PRESENTATION TITLE: The quick and dirty on grains: opportunities for problem solvers, innovators and communicators
HOST: Grains Research & Development Corporation 
Maxie Hanft, Manager Industry & Government Relations, GRDC
Peter McKenzie, Private Agronomist, Agcon
There’s no shortage of opportunities and challenges in agriculture, but we think the next generation of problem solvers, innovators and communicators are going thrive in the grains industry.  Get a taste of grains research and development and what it’s like from an agronomist’s perspective.  The Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) invests in research, development and extension (RD&E) to benefit Australian grain growers and the Australian community, find out more about us at www.grdc.com.au


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