For any youngsters around the Northern Rivers keen on exploring a potential career in the fertile field of agriculture, then Norco Primex Field Days are your one-stop shop. Returning to Casino in 2021, the sustainable agriculture and farming expo recently announced a new partnership with Southern Cross University, further enhancing the existing Primex NextGen programs and strengthening its education and innovation programs with an eye to providing clear and easy pathways for our farmers of the future.
According to the event’s director, Bruce Wright, the new three-year partnership with SCU – who last year successfully launched the world’s first Regenerative Agriculture degree, and this year upped the ante with a new Regenerative Agriculture Graduate Certificate – continues a recent period of relationship building that’s seen the iconic agricultural and primary industries event expand to the point that this year they’re expecting to top 400 exhibitors for the first time.
‘Primex had identified within its strategic plans, that resources and programs that support education and innovation for our next generation was critical when technological improvements have been moving so quickly and the demographics within the farming and primary industries sectors needs to retain a much higher pro-portion of youth in these sectors,’ Wright explains. ‘Our partnership with Southern Cross University offers new opportunities for secondary and tertiary students, as well as those wishing to advance their depth of knowledge to a whole new level through the university’s Regenerative Agriculture courses.’
SCU’S vice-president (Engagement) Mr Ben Roche is equally enthused about teaming up with Norco Primex, a partnership that he believes will only bolster the university’s ongoing commitment to supporting the sustainable development of the Northern Rivers region’s all-important agricultural sector.
‘At Southern Cross, collaboration is at the heart of how we create impact,’ he explains. ‘The opportunity to partner with one of the region’s agricultural institutions in Primex provides an important opportunity to grow awareness of the new and exciting opportunities emerging in agriculture as the sector, and nation, grapple with how we can farm smarter, with a greater resilience to drought and flood – the realities of a changing climate.
‘It’s fitting that two of the region’s institutions have come together to create new opportunities for young people to join in shaping the next generation of agriculture in Australia.’
Norco Primex Field Days take place at the Richmond Valley Events Centre, Casino, over May 20–22. Buy your tickets now to get a 30 per cent earlybird discount. But only available till May 16. Tickets and T&Cs available at www.primex.net.au.