AgForce CEO Michael Guerin with Gabbinbar State School students Elizabeth Luck, Libby Davis, and Elijah Brown.
AgForce CEO Michael Guerin with Gabbinbar State School students Elizabeth Luck, Libby Davis, and Elijah Brown. Cassandra Glover

Agriculture program to give out last lessons

A UNIQUE program developed by the agriculture industry to teach school students about where their food comes from will be having its last lessons.

AgForce said this was due to the funding being axed by the State Government.

The last ever Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educator's Conference began in Brisbane today, attended by more than 100 specialist agricultural teachers from across Queensland and interstate.

The teachers gathered valuable techniques and knowledge to enable them to teach students the vital role of agriculture and careers offered in the industry.

The conference developed by the agricultural industry is the flagship program for the School to Industry Partnership Program.

The State Government announced last year it would no longer provide the $181,000 to fund the program, because it was no longer relevant.

AgForce CEO Michael Guerin said cutting the important and cost-effective program, which reached more than 10,000 school students every year, would further deepen the ever-growing divide between city and country.

"The Palaszczuk Government's short-sighted decision to cut funding to this program will mean Queensland kids will become even more disconnected from where their food comes from and how it is produced,” he said.

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