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USQ offers Queensland first Bachelor of Agriculture Technology and Management


As Australian agriculture emerges from pandemic conditions stronger and more in demand than ever, reliance on new technology and innovation to support sustainability and profitability is growing at lightning speed.

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.

Structured around professional experiences across all three years of the program, the new course will be the only dedicated Agricultural Technology degree in Queensland, and just one of two offered in Australia.

Program director, and water and environmental engineering Lecturer Justine Baillie said students would develop, learn, and apply a broad range of technology skills and agricultural systems knowledge in both crop and animal production.

“The new degree really reflects USQ’s commitment to the Australia’s agricultural industry, and 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,” she said.

“From automation and robotics, to connected livestock, and beyond, it’s a very exciting time to be part of the next generation farming, and this degree builds on USQ’s pioneering leadership in agricultural studies and research.”

Fellow program director Associate Professor Keith Pembleton, who specialises in computational agriculture, said the degree offered courses from multiple disciplines including precision agriculture, GIS, big data and machine learning, business skills, entrepreneurship and the legal fundamentals associated with AgTech.

“The degree is inspired by the huge progress being made in AgTech, and USQ has always been at the forefront of that over many decades,” he said.

“Harnessing the future of farming is a critical area of study and research and the advanced application of agricultural technology requires a specific skillset that is highly sort after by the Agricultural sector.

“The Bachelor of Agricultural Technology and Management will equip students with the skills and knowledge necessary to drive the AgTech revolution and help feed and clothe the world.”

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Structured around professional experiences across all three years of the program, the new course will be the only dedicated Agricultural Technology degree in Queensland, and just one of two offered in Australia.