Simson urges youth to consider career in agriculture

September 24, 2014

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Fiona Simson

Young people were urged to embrace agriculture as a career by NSW Farmers’ Association president Fiona Simson at the Henty Machinery Field Days today.

Ms Simson visited the field days this year to make a lunch-time address from The Stump and as a patron of the Headlie Taylor header 100th anniversary.

“Clearly if we are going to have to feed almost double the world’s population from half the amount of land, agriculture is going to have a huge future,’’ she said.

“Whether you are interested in a career in banking, agronomy, science, working the land, livestock or embryo technology, there is a space for you in agriculture.

“We do need innovation to build on the passion of the men and women driving agriculture in rural and regional communities such as Henty.’’

Ms Simpson presented the winners of the Fraser Old & Sohn Farm Innovator and New Products Award. New for Henty, the award replaced the long-running NSW Farmers/The Land Farm Inventors Award.

Mulwala farmer Nico Seiling was the winner from 15 entries with his Rotacon 12-metre air seeder.

Runner-up was Brian Gaynor, Temora, with his sheep feeder creep gate, while Russel Mills, Yass, took out the people’s choice award with the poly pipe emergency clamp.

Award organiser Guy Rowlinson said Henty was a hallmark event on the field day calendar.

Other entries included the reflex spanner and an electronic pour on drench gun counter from Barry Bennett, Barooga, and a Hazell Hand Saver from Bruce and Noeleen Hazell.

John Griffin displayed the vehicle mounted wheelie bin carrier rack, Riverina Co-operative Society entered the ATV Lifeguard Rollover Protection, and Craig Wallace the Tramline Valve, Superdrill and Tuskan.

Derek Barnstable drew plenty of interest in The Hotfoot – a free-standing perching or roosting point, and self-righting on tensioned wires.