November 21 will be a momentous day for Australian agriculture with the naming of the Grand Champion Archibull coinciding with the inaugural National Agriculture Day (AgDay), and to celebrate, The Archibull Prize is running a careers competition for school students with iPad Minis up for grabs.
To be in the running for the iPad Minis the competition invites students from Years 5 to 12 to design an infographic around a career in agriculture that combines their strengths and passions.
The iPads come courtesy of Mrs Gina Rinehart, the owner of Kidman and Co. one of Australia's largest cattle properties.
“Many people think that to have a career in agriculture means being a farmer,” Archibull Prize co-ordinator Lynne Strong said.
“But that’s not the case. We want students to combine their passions with agriculture to develop a career in feeding, clothing and powering the world – and that career could be anything from the research laboratory to the boardroom and from robotics to energy production.”
The infographic designed by students will detail how they envisage a career in agriculture, how they perceive a typical day or week and what tertiary education would assist them.
TV personality Costa Georgiadis is an avid supporter of The Archibull Prize and presented at the 2016 award ceremony.
“Think what you have in your hands,” Costa tell students.
“The opportunities are endless, as is the energy and vitality of the young people that I have met that are involved in this space. Careers in agriculture can take so many different shapes.”
President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, said the careers competition will be a worthy contribution to National Agricultural Day.
“Australian agriculture is such a dynamic and brimming with opportunity.
"It’s fitting to complement the celebration of National AgDay with recognition of the diverse and exciting career opportunities in agriculture.
“I’d encourage everyone to get thinking about how their skills could be put to use in Australia’s fastest growing industry – you might win the competition and discover an exciting new career opportunity along the way!”, Ms Simson concluded.
AgDay is an initiative proposed by Gina Rinehart and will be run by the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) in collaboration with industry groups, corporate Australia and government.