Agriculture Minister Mark Furner

April 27, 2020

Kingaroy State High School and Saint Mary’s Catholic College are among 59 schools taking part in the 2020 Agribusiness Gateway to Industry Schools Program (AGISP).

The program uses online resources to give students access to the most up-to-date practices in agriculture.

AGISP is a partnership between schools, training providers, universities and industry.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner said that in the current health environment, schools had to be creative and innovative when giving students access to agriculture lessons online.

“The program has more than 30 mentors available to assist participating schools with advice on science, biosecurity, animal husbandry and setting up a farm. In the immediate future, schools will be supported through online e-technologies,” he said.

“Small Grants of up to $5000 for schools participating in AGISP are available as a competitive process.

“To be eligible for the grants, schools must put forward project proposals that meet the interests of their students and the needs of agriculture within their local area.

“Projects should involve students in aspects of the agricultural supply chain, including cropping, animal husbandry, data analysis, research, logistics, marketing and business management.”

AGISP is funded by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and administered by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

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