Connecting people with agriculture is something David Wilson is very passionate about.
The Coordinator of Beaudesert Show Society’s Agricultural Education (Ag Ed), David says in the 1950s on average every Australian was one person removed from some form of agriculture.
Today they are ten people removed from the industry.
Held on the Thursday prior to the show this year, Ag Ed day connects local primary school students with Beaudesert State High School agricultural students to educate them about the importance of farming.
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“The knowledge gap about where their food comes from, particularly with kids from the city, is growing,” said David.
“About three years ago we had a student ask, ‘Why do you do all this when you can just go to the supermarket and buy it?'”
“They had no idea where the things they buy in the supermarket come from.”
High school students presented information about beef and dairy cattle, sheep, poultry and crops to several local primary schools.
The younger students enjoyed interacting with the variety of animals and learning new food facts.
One of the stars of the day was Charlie the Charbray bullock from Beaudesert State High School’s Agricultural Science section.
David, who has been running the Ag Ed days since 2008, hopes to include more career path information in the future.
“Agri-technology is becoming big and needs to be huge,” he said.
“Everything from drones to robotics the industry desperately needs.”