Celebrating innovation in agriculture – AgDay 2022

 

When you think farming, the image in your mind might be a relatively traditional or stereotypical one. Maybe what you’re picturing is what the industry looked like decades ago.

But the current reality of the sector is so much more.

Friday 18 November is AgDay 2022 and this year, we’re celebrating innovation in agriculture. AgDay 2022 is all about showcasing the modern practices and technologies helping the work in this sector to be more sustainable and productive into the future.

 

What does a career in modern agriculture look like?

The possibilities for a career in agriculture are numerous. Add in new, innovative technology and the opportunities it brings, and the possibilities become virtually unlimited. There are many different entry points into the industry, with different levels of skills and training needed. Once you’ve started, the wide-open Australian sky is the limit to how far you can progress in your career.

 

Simon Morrison contemplates the changes in agriculture over the past 70 years

 

Agriculture has changed dramatically in the past 70 years

Simon Morrison of Underbool, Victoria

 

Take Simon Morrison for example, who spent his childhood helping his uncles on their farms and returned to the world of agriculture after 6 years in the Army.

Simon hails from Underbool, Victoria and says there have been massive changes in how technology has impacted work in the agriculture industry.

“70 years ago, there was only one way to plough your paddock, but now it’s very different with the uptake of technology.”

Simon sees the value that technology brings to his corner of the agriculture sector. For him, it’s a worthwhile investment, that could ultimately save time and money in the future.

Having the training and skill to maintain or fix technology already employed in the agriculture sector or being able to develop new technology to continue to improve it is a fantastic way to open more opportunities for yourself.

“Technology is evolving very quickly and if you don’t keep up, you will fall behind,” Simon says.

How can you get involved in agriculture?

As we can see with Simon, there’s no set path to join the agriculture sector.

"Sometimes the best skills to have are a learning spirit and a good work ethic," Simon says.

Many entry-level positions in this industry do not need formal qualifications. However, completing an apprenticeship or achieving a Certificate II, III or IV, or a Diploma in a relevant field could help you get a job in more specific areas, particularly with the rise in innovation and technology.

A career in agriculture could see you:

  • growing crops using the latest scientific practices in soil testing or seed cultivation
  • forecasting trends and making commercial decisions
  • raising livestock
  • operating drones
  • researching and applying sustainable practices
  • developing new technology
  • growing and harvesting timber
  • breeding and raising fish and other aquatic stock
  • managing and analysing data
  • and so much more!

For more information about different careers that you could have within the agriculture sector, visit Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing.

For more information about different vocational education and training courses available, visit the My Skills website.