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PIEFA launches secondary school resources
PIEFA has released brand new resources to expose students to cutting edge innovation and science. These resources were developed specifically for the secondary school curriculum and consist of user-friendly web pages with a low resolution print option. A combination of multi-lesson units and videos, supported by lessons, they have been independently assessed and trialled by the PIEFA network. For details of individual resources, see PIEFA's August newsletter.
'Rising Salt' connects farmers to science teachers
29 June 2016
PIEFA today has made great inroads into increasing student and teacher understanding of science in the primary industries sector by launching a co-developed 'Primary Connections' resource with the Australian Academy of Science. PIEFA and Primary Connections have produced 'Rising Salt' a new resource focussing on the science behind primary production and land management ... read more.
Minister encourages careers in agriculture
27 January 2016
Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging young Australians to consider a rewarding career in agriculture. He is also encouraging educators to take advantage of the wonderful resources and programs offered by PIEFA ... read more.
PIEFA applauds Prime Minister's focus on teaching STEM
9 December 2015
The Chair of PIEFA, Dr Cameron Archer AM, welcomed the launch by the Prime Minister of the National Innovation and Science Agenda statement, for its focus on development of resources and the need for quality teaching related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects in schools ... read more.
PIEFA and Career Harvest join forces
3 June 2015
PIEFA and Career Harvest will form a national alliance to service the school education needs of primary industries. They will collaborate to develop education resources, provide professional development opportunities for teachers and promote careers in primary industries ... read more.
PIEFA's Agriculture in Education resources launched
18 May 2015
The 17 units of inquiry and 34 matching videos developed by PIEFA as part of the Federal Government's 'Agriculture in Education' project were launched on 18 May 2015 by the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP ... read the Minister's media release.
An Australian first - Landcare and PIEF's new school resources
28 November 2014
Celebrity chef Matt Moran and former governor-general Major General Michael Jeffery have endorsed an Australian-first approach to education at the launch of Landcare in the Curriculum. As the 2014 school year draws to a close, Landcare Australia and PIEF have produced the Landcare resources for the Australian Curriculum ... read more.
- The Primary Industries Education Foundation will host a Tasmanian School Farms Workshop supported by the Friends of Hagley Farm school ... read more.
- Friday 26 October 2012 is a date when World Teachers' Day is celebrated in Australia. This acknowledges the efforts of teachers and the role they play in an increasingly complex society and is celebrated in over 100 countries around the world ... read more.
- PIEF's AGM has confirmed the appointment of four new directors to the seven person Board of the Foundation ... read more.
- Key players in the Australian agricultural and education sectors have come together to address critical issues around education, training, skills and labour in a bid to encourage more students to take up agricultural careers. The National Agribusiness Education, Skills and Labour Taskforce, facilitated by the National Farmers' Federation (NFF), has resolved ... read more.
- Media release by the Minister for Agriculture, Senator the Hon. Joe Ludwig about the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools two-day forum held in Canberra in September 2012 ... read more.
- Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, announced on 11 May 2012 that the Government has continued its commitment to agriculture by providing the Primary Industries Education Foundation (PIEF) with $225,000 in funding support over the next three years ... read more.
- It is no secret that Australia is headed for a skills shortage in the next 10 to 15 years if it doesn't act quickly to train more young people ... read more
- A survey released by PIEF shows that student and teacher knowledge of food and fibre production has declined to worrying levels. It is a wake-up call to government says PIEF's Chair, Dr Cameron Archer—read media release, read survey.
- The shortage of agricultural graduates in Australia has reached crisis point according to Professor Jim Pratley at Charles Sturt University, Feb 2012—read more.
- Ag uni courses in decline, Feb 2012—read more.
- Unis struggle to attract ag students, Feb 2012—read more.
- Professor Ian Chubb at the University of Western Sydney's Hawkesbury campus fears for farming's future as students ignore agriculture, Feb 2012—read more.
- Remedying our skills shortage, Feb 2012—read more...
- Student survey shows calculated gamble, Jan 2012—read more...
- Ag digs in on uni, Jan 2012—read more...
- Skills shortage in agriculture, Jan 2012—read more...
- Senator Chris Back discusses the need for early intervention and greater investment in primary industries education in a Radio National interview ... listen to podcast.
- Seed of 1788 became stewards of the land - Dr Cameron Archer, chair of PIEF, writes in the Newcastle Herald on the history and future of agricultural education in Australia ... read more.
- Jessie Wythes has a strong desire to apply similar principles to those she developed in Kenya to teaching agriculture to primary school children in NSW—read more...
- Agriculture gains national recognition with help from PIEF (Stock Journal, September 2010)—read more...
- Farming in national school curriculum, ABC radio Sept 2010—read more...
- PIEF developments, update from the Chair, Sept 2010—read more...
- Herald Sun—agriculture crops up in education—read more...
- Weekly Times—primary industries in the national curriculum—read more...
- Interim CE meets Tassie industry leaders and educators—read more...
- Farming on the nose for schools (5 August 2010)—read more...
- Interim Chief Executive appointed—Hobart Mercury 22 April 2010.
- PIEF generic media release 9 April 2010—read more...
- Interview with the Chair on ABC radio, Country Hour 12 April 2010 play.
- Tassie Principal steps up to national education agenda—read more...
- Timely entry for new agricultural education foundation—Stock Journal 13 April 2010.
- Article on PIEF in the autumn/winter edition of Bush Telegraph Magazine [view].
- City meets the Bush - press clipping, Sun-Herald 12 April 2009 [view].