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Experts available: National Agriculture Day

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for comment on the below topics:
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WHY IT’S NATIONAL AG DAY EVERYDAY AT USQ

Agriculture is an $18.5 billion industry in Queensland and the goal for Australian agriculture is to be a $100 billion industry by 2030. Agriculture has proudly been one of USQ’s flagship research areas and continues to be so, and the Centre for Agricultural Engineering (CAE) holds a special focus on developing solutions for a sustainable and profitable rural sector.

• Director of the Centre for Agricultural Engineering Professor Craig Baillie can speak to the array of advancements made possible through the Centre since its establishment in 1994 – from applying the needs of farmers to the needs of space exploration, to robotics and sensing advancements, to working with John Deere to revolutionise agtech for everyday use. Media contact: Megan Woodward 0487 352 859 or Alexia Austin 0491 022 303

CHOOSE YOUR OWN #AGVENTURE WITH QLD’S FIRST AGTECH AND MANAGEMENT DEGREE

To address the national and global hunger for cutting edge AgTech, the University of Southern Queensland has launched the Bachelor of Agriculture Technology and Management, and is now taking inaugural enrolments for Semester 1, 2022.
• The degree reflects USQ’s commitment to the Australia’s agricultural industry, and joint program directors, Lecturer Justine Baillie and Associate Professor Keith Pembleton can explain why the pandemic has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that agriculture is indeed an essential service and a booming industry that is innovative and forward-thinking. Media contact: Megan Woodward 0487 352 859 or Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380

BETTER TOGETHER: THE POWER OF RESEARCH COLLABORATION IN AG

Many hands make light work – and dedicated researchers make Australian agriculture stronger. One example of this is the Broadacre Cropping Initiative, a partnership between USQ and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

• Key projects underway as part of the partnership will be highlighted a research showcase at USQ’s Toowoomba campus next Tuesday (Nov 23). Executive Director of the Institute for Life Sciences and the Environment Professor Gavin Ash said the work being down through the Broadacre Cropping Initiative is already delivering new answers to old problems that will have a long lasting positive impact on farmers in southeast Queensland and beyond. Media contact: Megan Woodward 0487 352 859 or Alexia Austin 0491 022 303

BUILDING UP THE COMMUNITIES SUPPORTING THE AG SECTOR

Global pandemic pressures and geo-political tensions are dramatically heightening the responsibility of educators and researchers to support and help build capacity in Australia’s regional communities and industries that play a major role in supporting national agriculture.

• Executive Director of USQ’s Institute for Resilient Regions Professor the Hon. John McVeigh believes the time is right for regional communities and industries to lead the charge in embracing growing environmental and social governance demands – with the support of social science research. Professor McVeigh is available to discuss the importance of regional engagement, educational excellence and research that address the problems of today and the future, to ensure strong, resilient regions in agricultural communities. Media contact: Megan Woodward 0487 352 859 or Rhianwen Whitney 0427 428 380


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