Agricultural education review
The NSW Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli and the NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson, have released the Review into Agricultural Education and Training in New South Wales and the government response to the recommendations.
The review considered the appropriateness of agricultural education and training programs in the NSW school and tertiary sectors, the promotion of career opportunities and workforce needs in the agricultural sector, and how NSW government-owned agricultural education, training and research institutions and other facilities can be best positioned to meet future industry needs.
The review was conducted by Professor Jim Pratley, an eminent research professor of agriculture at Charles Sturt University. Professor Pratley has 40 years of experience in the field of agriculture with particular interests in conservation farming, weed management, herbicide resistance and allelopathy.
In undertaking the review Professor Pratley invited submissions in response to an Issues paper released in October 2012.