Students on course to grains industry careers

Author: Sharon Watt | Date: 13 Dec 2012

UNE lecturer Neil Fettell

A new or enhanced career in the Australian grains industry beckons students who undertake the University of New England's Sustainable Grains Production Course.

Supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), the course aims to equip students with the knowledge and skills to fast track their career in the grains industry or advance their farm businesses.

This distance education course, studied as part of a Masters, Graduate Certificate or Diploma, enables students to meet and learn from grains industry experts.

Applications for trimester one in 2013 close on February 3*.

Felicity Harrop, from the UNE, says the course offers two areas of study during trimester one.

“One area is grains industry systems and this covers topics such as socio-economics of grain production, grain processing and products, marketing and finance, quality assurance systems, occupational health and safety, and human resource management,” Ms Harrop said.

“The other area is grains and the environment, and this looks at ecology and sustainability of grain systems, crop and pasture rotations, environmental impacts and management, native vegetation and soil conservation, legal issues and property management planning.

“During trimester two, the units cover grain production and crop protection.” 

Ms Harrop said UNE’s Sustainable Grains Production course allowed students to study from home over a one to two year period, depending on personal time commitments.

Each of the four units has an intensive school which is held in a regional centre such as Wagga Wagga (NSW), Horsham (Victoria) or Adelaide (South Australia).

More information about the course is available via

* Applications can be made after February 3, 2013, however UNE cannot guarantee acceptance for a trimester one commencement after this date.


Caption: Neil Fettell (centre), lecturer in Sustainable Grains Production at UNE, discussing grain development with students at the grain production residential school in Wagga Wagga.

For interviews:

Felicity Harrop, UNE
0427 327697


Sharon Watt, Porter Novelli
0409 675100

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