Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone has encouraged those entering tertiary education to consider a career in agriculture.
Dr Stone said agriculture in Australia was a great industry that could provide real opportunities for many people at the start of a great career.
She said agriculture in the Murray electorate had opportunities for people who wanted to use their training and enthusiasm to become a part of a diverse and rewarding sector.
‘‘Agriculture needs new generations of our brightest and best, and I strongly encourage those who are going into tertiary studies to consider Agriculture Science or related courses,’’ she said.
‘‘The Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture has found that for every graduate from an agriculture-related degree, there are five or six jobs available; we’re facing a real shortage of graduates.
‘‘We have one of the oldest established colleges of agriculture at Dookie in the Murray electorate.
‘‘According to research by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, agriculture accounted for 33.5 per cent of businesses in the electorate, but Dookie, a part of the University of Melbourne, is often not known to local school graduates.
‘‘I strongly encourage students who are unsure of their career path to consider study and work in one of Australia’s fastest growing fields.’’
A large number of scholarships are available for current and prospective students studying agriculture, and can be viewed on services such as Career Harvest, which provides a database on current agricultural scholarship opportunities.