Thank you for returning home to your Faculty for the year-long Agriculture Centenary Celebrations.
One hundred years ago Australia's first Professor of Agriculture, Professor R.D. Watt, had a strong vision of what an Agriculture Faculty at the University of Sydney would be... could be. I think if he were here with us today, he'd be incredibly proud of how far we have come towards that vision of being a world-leading agricultural sciences and economics, and applied science teaching and research institution.
Throughout 2010 I want to remember and honour the past. At the same time I want to share with staff, students, alumni and friends the new vision for our second century.
Our success across the decades can be judged by the contribution that our agriculture community have made all over the world in food security, climate change, agricultural economics, soil science, wheat breeding, horticulture, plant pathology, water and land management and the environment... and much more.
Leading global change across the issues of our time is at the heart and soul of this Faculty. It's our core business.
In our centenary year we also celebrate the launch of an exciting three-year degree – Bachelor of Environmental Systems – which will produce the next generation of agricultural science experts. Alongside our well-respected and established signature degrees we will continue to deliver exceptionally multi-skilled graduates ready to tackle the hot issues of 21st century.
We've come a long way since 1910, and it would not have been as rich and illustrious a history without you, our alumni and friends.
Let us continue to go forward together!
I look forward to meeting many of you at our diverse range of centenary events. And please bring your family and friends back to your alma mater.
Happy Agriculture Centenary!
Professor Mark Adams
Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources