Agriculture professionals are crucial to tackling global issues
18 October 2012
Media personalities Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia; Angus Stewart, alumnus and presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia; and Chris Russell, alumnus and former ABC panelist on The New Inventors are featured speakers at The Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum.
The theme of the full day event, which takes place this Friday 19 October and is open to the public, is 'Let's keep the conversation going about agriculture'.
The forum is hosted by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and aimed at helping young agricultural professionals develop tactics to work with the many challenges modern agriculture will confront over the coming years.
With fewer resources, young agri-professionals are faced with the task of leading the sector through a tough period of global food insecurity. In order to reduce the threat of the world slipping into an unprecedented global food crisis, they will need to utilise their skills in an exceptional manner.
Professor Gordon Rogers, from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, and President of the Australian Society for Horticultural Science, will open the forum speaking about the importance of agriculture in tackling global issues and how the industry can effectively promote itself to inspire the next generation of agricultural professionals.
"This inaugural Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum is for people working in various agricultural disciplines and is hopefully the first of many more professional development initiatives for the next generation of leaders in Australia's agricultural industry," said Professor Rogers.
TV host Costa Georgiadis will speak about science in the media and said, "Agriculture is everyone's business every day. Health of our land, health of produce, health of individuals and health of our community all rely on agriculture. The future of food was yesterday's seed. Tomorrow's fertility grows in today's compost."
"The custody of agriculture is more important today than ever before in history. The task ahead requires innovation and creativity to grow a resilient, diverse and regenerative future. Are you up to the challenge? If not, give up your seat for someone who can see the big picture."
The forum will cover topics including effectively communicating the science of agriculture, the role of social media in agriculture, promoting agriculture as a career path and networking to influence national agendas.
The Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum is presented by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment; Ag Institute of Australia; Australian Society for Horticultural Science; Agribusiness Association of Australia; Horticultural Media Association and NSW Department of Primary Industries.
When: 9am to 4.30pm, Friday 19 October, then a cocktail reception from 4.30 to 6pm
Where: Lecture Theatre 104, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: $75, alumni $60
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