PIEFA Newsletter – June 2017

June 2017 Newsletter
Foundation News

PIEFA welcomes more new members
PIEFA is very pleased to have two new Research and Development Corporations join for the 2017/18 financial year. Australian Eggs and Dairy Australia have become part of PIEFAs activities for the forthcoming year. They join the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), a new member announced last month. These three industries bring to PIEFA greater coverage of Australia’s rural industries sector not to mention a significant amount of information related to the use of science and technology in the primary industries sector in Australia. We welcome them and along with our existing members look forward to showcasing their industries in future resources and at our forthcoming educator conferences.
            STEM Careers and Industry Forum (QLD)
PIEFA participated in the Queensland Department of Education and Training’s second annual STEM Careers and Industry Forum breakfast. It was an opportunity to collaborate with industry and university stakeholders to develop advice and resources to promote STEM engagement. Three outcomes of this initiative are ensuring STEM skills align with evolving industries, embedding authentic contexts for STEM learning and building the capability of teachers to engage with industry partners.  The forum contributes to a suite of programs that support the Schools of the Future STEM strategy.

L-R Bradley Abraham, Executive Producer and General Manager, Royal Institution of Australia (RiAus), Dianne Farmer, Member for Bulimia and Michael Taylor, National Policy and Projects Manager, Australian Industry Group at the STEM Forum
Associate Membership category launched
Farm VR has become PIEFA’s first Gold Associate member this month. Associate membership is available to those organisations and individuals who wish to provide a contribution towards improving food and fibre literacy among the next generation. Associate memberships are available as Individual ($100), Silver (Not for profit groups-$500), Gold ($1000) and Platinum ($5000). Contact ceo@piefa.edu.au to make an inquiry.

2018 PIEFA Conference
The next PIEFA conference will be held between 30 April – 2 May 2018. Held once again at The Hotel Realm in Barton ACT, next years conference has a focus on STEM in food and fibre education. Hear from the best STEM speakers from Australia and overseas in addition to learning from teachers across Australia. Once again industry will be strongly represented through our trade displays and industry speakers. To inquire about sponsorship opportunities and/or trade displays please contact ceo@piefa.edu.au to secure your spot today. Call for additional presenters will open in August 2017 with registrations to open in September 2017.


NEW! Additional worksheets developed for PIEFA videos

There are now 17 new worksheets developed to support the PIEFA videos. These worksheets have been developed to help provide a context around each of the previously created videos. Use one video and worksheet today in your lesson to launch your class into food and fibre education!
Upcoming conferences
PIEFA will be attending and presenting at 3 conferences over the next 2 months.
CANASTA – July 9-12, Hobart (National Science teachers)
AAMT  July 11-13, Canberra (Australian Association Maths Teachers)
HEIA(Q) – August 12, Brisbane (Home Economics teachers)

GTAV – August 27-29, Melbourne (Geography teachers)

PIEFA is excited to be presenting about our resources, along with our member resources. Primezone is the key web portal (www.primezone.edu.au) we talk to teachers about, to find the over 400 resources on food and fibre education. If you are attending any of these conferences or our workshops, please come and say hello!

Member News

AgVision 2017 (NSW)
This year’s AgVision gives students the opportunity to participate in five hands-on learning experiences from a selection of 50 workshops run by industry professionals. Held on
27 July 2017, AgVision will showcase the range of careers available in agriculture, science, technologies and agribusiness.
Industry News

Entries open for the Perth Royal Show competitions for schools 
The Schools Competitions encourage schools and students to gain involvement and knowledge in all aspects of agriculture.They encourage interest in various fields and provide opportunities for schools to use in their curriculum.

Water Weed Wipe Out app launched by MDBA
Lake Mulwala is an artificial lake infested by the invasive ‘dense waterweed’ (Egeria densa), an escapee from aquariums. The Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) has designed a fun and interactive app to increase awareness of the weed and the control methods used. The app links in and aligns with the Australian curriculum.

Australia’s $92 billion appetite deconstructed
New ABARES research on domestic food demand examines trends and issues behind an 88 per cent rise in the real value of household food consumption since 1989–90, from $49 billion to reach $92 billion in 2015–16.

Nominate now for the Landcare Awards
The Landcare Awards recognise and celebrate Landcare leaders and champions who are often the ‘quiet achievers’ of the movement. By nominating yourself or your group for the 2017 State & Territory Landcare Awards you are helping to raise the profile of your work and the achievements of the Landcare community.


Oliphant Science Awards Open Day (SA)
The 2017 Oliphant Science Awards Open Day will showcase the fun side of science. The day will include science spectacular shows and hands-on science experiences.
MORE INFORMATIONJohne’s Beef Assurance Score transition arrangements
School farms are reminded that the transitional arrangements for the voluntary Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS) end on 1 July 2017. All cattle producers are urged to implement an on-farm biosecurity plan in order to maintain their current J-BAS.

Grants, scholarships and prizes

CLOSING SOON! Grants to make your (school) garden grow
Schools, childcare centres and youth groups are eligible for grants through the Yates Junior Landcare Grants for Gardens program. Grants include $1,500 in funding, $500 of Yates garden products, and a growing consultation with a Yates gardening expert.
Applications close 29 June 2017

Agribusiness Australia Scholarship (WA)
The annual Agribusiness Australia Scholarship is now open. Final year high school students based in Western Australia who are looking to undertake studies in agriculture are encouraged to apply.
Applications close 11 August 2017

PIEFA gratefully acknowledges the continued support
of its members

National Association of Agricultural Educators
Australian Council of Deans of Agriculture 
If you are interested in membership of PIEFA, please contact our CEO, Ben Stockwin on 0427 931 148 or email ceo@piefa.edu.au

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Source: PIEFA Newsletter – June 2017

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