Inspiring Toowoomba's next generation

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Four Year 11 and 12 agricultural science students from Downlands College, Toowoomba, Queensland, left the classroom behind for a day to attend the Dalby Research Update in March this year.

“We selected a group of students from Year 11 and 12 who are interested in agriculture, and thought the Research Update would be a great way to expose them to the opportunities available in the grains area,” says science teacher Julie Brophy. “We also wanted to support the GRDC and see what’s happening in the cropping industry, and take that back to our classrooms.”

The students, all from grain-growing properties around Toowoomba, said they welcomed the opportunity to find out new information to take home to their families.

“I’m interested in all aspects of cropping,” says Nick Gordon, a student at the school, “particularly in the thinking around what are the best rotations, the research into soils, yield, and what are the best varieties to grow.”

“We enjoyed the day, especially finding out the different issues and who’s working on them,” Chloe Kennedy says.

Louise Wilson says she was particularly interested in what to do about diseases and to get an overall picture of the grains industry.

The students are all hoping to embark on careers in agriculture, and they agreed that the GRDC Update was a great way to find out about opportunities in the area.

“There’s so much new technology that people are unaware of,” Erin Stewart says, “and so many good people here sharing their knowledge. We’ve all learnt some really good information to take back home.”

The students won sponsorship from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry to attend the event.

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