Faculty Celebrates 100 Years of World-Changing Agriculture

24 May 2010

The University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is celebrating its Centenary throughout 2010 with a diverse program of events.

Founded in 1910 when Australia's first Professor of Agriculture, Robert Dickie Watt, was appointed, the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will welcome back home hundreds of alumni, friends and family during its Agriculture Centenary Weekend, 4-6 June 2010, Camperdown campus.

The packed program of weekend activities includes Sydney Ideas public lectures, a one-day Research Symposium with international keynote speakers, an Open Day with something for everyone, a Gala Dinner in the Great Hall, and a chance for old friends to catch up at more than twenty class reunions.

Speaking ahead of the Centenary Weekend, the Dean, Professor Mark Adams said, "To celebrate 100 years of world-changing agriculture we proudly look back at the people who have provided the knowledge that has underpinned solutions to the most significant and challenging issues of our time. Throughout 2010 I want to remember and honour the past. Watt had a strong vision of what we would beā€¦could be. And he would be proud of how far we have come towards that vision of being a world-leader in teaching and research in the agricultural sciences and economics, and applied sciences. At the same time I want to share the new vision for our second century so that we can all go forward together."

Among special alumni from the 1940s who are making the trip back to campus is Lucy Lloyd (Taylor) (BSc Agr '43). Mrs Lloyd recently celebrated her 90th birthday in this, the Faculty's Centenary year, and joined more than fifty senior alumni and friends at a Centenary Alumni Elders Lunch on 21 April.

"We were all together again, and privileged to hear from the Dean on his vision for the next 100 years of agricultural teaching and research.

"Professor Adams seems to have both feet on the ground, and It was most gratifying to know that the Faculty is in such good hands."

With the challenges back in her day of war-time, back-to-back lectures, and air-raid warden duty as a resident of Women's College, Mrs Lloyd found little time for socialising. "Agriculture students had no time to sit in the Quad; we regarded those who lingered there as most frivolous."

Hundreds of agriculture alumni and friends will be able to catch 'Hot Topic Talks' at Centenary Open Day on Saturday 5 June, including world authority and Professor of Soil Science, Alex McBratney on evaluating the world's soil resources - Globalsoilmap Project - on which he was invited to speak at COP15 in Copenhagen. McBratney is on the record as saying that it is quite feasible to audit soil carbon changes on farms for offset purposes. The Dean will speak on his latest research on bushfire management and the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

In the second half of 2010 there will be regional Centenary events at Narrabri and Camden locations.

Contact: Skaidy Gulbis

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