The Burdekin Shire Council is offering high school students free entry to the Rabobank Burdekin Value-Adding Seminar.
Economic Development Manager Adrian Scott said Council wanted to encourage the next generation of producers to learn about value-adding.
“We see our high school students as the next generation of farmers and want to show them what could be possible if they did decide to work on the land,” he said.
“Council recognises the importance of keeping our young people in the Burdekin and to do that we need to show them what they could do with the family farm and taking farm products into the next stage of value-adding.
“The seminar will go some way to showing them the sorts of opportunities they could have to develop and expand the family farming business.
“We want to position the Burdekin as regional leaders in agribusiness and to do that we need to concentrate on our youth.”
Mr Scott encouraged the region’s high schools to take advantage of the free entry offer.
“There’s a whole swath of opportunities for young people to combine science and the land by considering agronomy and other agricultural sciences,” he said.
Mr Scott also encouraged the region’s farmers to register for the event.
“With the threat of Townsville taking our water, this may be the time for farmers to consider how they could get the best result for their farming business,” he said.
“There are opportunities for farmers to further value add to existing crops and take farm products into the next stage of value-adding.
“Value-adding could mean organic produce, identity preserved grains, non-traditional crop production, bio-fuels and agri-tourism.
“We have a great line up of speakers from a wide variety of organisations who are value-adding to our industry right now or have plans to value-add.”
The Rabobank Burdekin Value-Adding Seminar will be held on May 15 at the Burdekin Theatre. Registration costs $75 which includes morning tea, lunch and networking drinks and canapés.