Former student and Agricultural Science graduate James Bidstrup, will compete for a place to represent Western Australia at the nation’s agrifood international technology conference in 2019. Thank you to the Esperance Express for the following media release:
The College is very pleased to announce the appointment of the new Farm Manager Kevin Marshall, following the retirement of our long-term Farm Manager, Fred Knight.
Kevin was the Farm Manager at Bindoon Agricultural College from 2003 – 2013 and is currently the A/Farm Manager at Mulga Springs Poll Merino Stud in Northampton, WA. Kevin will commence in his new role on 21 January, 2019.
Stirlings to Coast Farmers Boosting Ag Careers
Earlier this year Stirlings to Coast Farmers (SCF) launched a new Student Membership and Mentoring Program in partnership with the WA College of Agriculture-Denmark. The program aims to support the youth and the future of the agricultural industry by providing better links between farmers and agricultural students. As part of this, an Agricultural Careers Information Session was held at the College on 18th October 2018 introducing students to key speakers from the SCF pool who spoke about the wide range of agricultural career paths open to young people.
Principal Kevin Osborne said. “The initiative will create more connections between farmers and agriculture students and will hopefully lead to more young people considering a career in the agricultural industry…This first session is aimed specifically at our Year 11 ATAR students planning to enter the agriculture area and thinking of attending University.”
Future plans for the project include extending the Student Membership to other local schools with an Agriculture focus and conducting on-farm trials and demonstrations with the students. SCF have also generously set up two Scholarships worth $1,000 each, which will be presented at the Colleges Graduation ceremony in November.
Stirling to Coast Farmers is a membership based farmer led organisation, with a membership of over 85 farm businesses representing over 250 farmers and their families. Collectively they manage approximately 400,000 ha ranging from Frankland to Wellstead, the Stirling Ranges to the Coast. They focus on research and development and they are looking to the future as it develops a partnership with the WA College of Agriculture – Denmark.
Pictured: Dr Christine Kershaw, CEO of the Stirlings to Coast Farmers with her team of speakers and Year 11 ATAR students.