Hands-on experience for agriculture's next generation

A new partnership between Nutrien Ag Solutions and the Longerenong College in Victoria will provide students a head-start in agriculture.

Nutrien Ag Solutions General Manager – Western Victoria, Rafe Bell, said the partnership with Longerenong College is focused on investing in the future of the Australian agriculture industry.

“As the agriculture industry continues to expand and diversify, there’s never been a better time to consider a career in agriculture but ensuring those stepping in to this space have relevant industry training and experience is paramount to the industry’s growth and success,” said Mr Bell.

“This program will provide a key role in providing students a foot-in-the-door through practical training and meaningful industry connections. We want to provide students more opportunities to develop the skills they need for the jobs they want to pursue in agriculture.”

“Students will be provided the opportunity to complete work experience with our business and gain valuable, hands-on experience through placements with our teams across Victoria and South Australia.”

The three-year sponsorship agreement will also see Nutrien Ag Solutions provide the college with financial and product support specifically for the animal health and nutrition program.

“We will be providing a three-way automatic draft and scales, and fencing material – all relevant to their training,” Mr Bell explained.

Longerenong College Head of Campus, Avril Hogan, said the data from the automatic scales will integrate into the Longerenong DATA Farm. 

“The DATA Farm collects the production data of the Longerenong farm across machinery and over 500 sensors to train students on precision agriculture and using data to assist in making management decision,” said Ms Hogan.

“This is a really important partnership with Nutrien Ag Solutions, and we are excited to give our students close exposure and connection to one of the country’s largest employers in the ag sector.”