Careers in Grains

img_0455It’s not every day that you see a horse being interviewed. That is unless you are involved in a From Paddock to Plate (FP2P) production.

Have you ever considered working in the grains industry? Did you know that there are hundreds of careers that you can choose from? A rural news reporter, nutritionist, soil scientist, food microbiologist, plant breeder, lawyer, marketing manager, nurse, environmental biologist, farmer or a bioprocessing engineer if that’s what you’re interested in!

This week the FP2P crew travelled across Western Australia from the east of Perth to the north, to meet a grain agronomy development officer, an accumulations product and payments coordinator, grain growers, agronomists and a little dachshund called ‘Schnitzel Vonkrum.’

From walking through barley crops and eating breakfast in amongst the gum trees, to doing cartwheels on the beach and surfing a massive break (have I got the lingo right?) the sky was really the limit when it came to our filming brief on a day in the life of someone who works in Australia’s grain industry.

Today, more than 300,000 people are employed in Australian agriculture, but if we consider all those employed in the input and output sectors like food manufacturing and processing and distribution and retail, agriculture provides employment for more than 1.6 million people.

You don’t need to have a rural background or be a farmer to be involved. In fact the people starring in our latest FP2P school video series on ‘Careers in Grains’, were born in the city with no previous experience in agriculture. Now one of our “stars” is working to improve the operations of Australia’s largest exporter of grain and the other is creating content for apps that grain growers rely on to make critical decisions about what they plant in the ground. Pretty cool, huh?

“I might not have a big city on my doorstep, but it doesn’t reduce the opportunities for promotion, meeting new people and travel. I’m young, and there’s so much I want to achieve in the rural industry and I have the opportunity to do so.

“Travel, social life, family and hobbies are all important to me and I’m just so lucky that my job allows me to combine all of them together. The things I love most about working in the grains industry are the people and the environment. What an amazing office to have! I’m doing something that I love and that is making a difference to the livelihoods of growers, the growth of the grain industry and the health of the Australian population. I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

That’s all I’m going to reveal about our new teaching resources, to be released in January 2017. You will have to subscribe to our national schools program before the end of the year if you would like to feature this “real life” content and food education in your classrooms.

On a final note I would like to emphasise just how important it is that our students know about the careers available in grains because imagine if we ran out of grain? You’d have no cereal for breakfast or bread for your sandwiches!

Sign up to the FP2P Schools Program now by clicking on the SIGN UP button on the home page of the FP2P website. Or you can email Louise: louise@frompaddocktoplate.com.au

Louise FitzRoy | Founder & Director
From Paddock to Plate

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