The University of New England showed students what life as an agricultural student might be like

SHOPPING AROUND WITH SCIENCE: Inverell High School student Tessa Stewart and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School student Mitchell Roworth took part in the GRASS Industry Scholarship experience at the SMART Farm.

SHOPPING AROUND WITH SCIENCE: Inverell High School student Tessa Stewart and Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School student Mitchell Roworth took part in the GRASS Industry Scholarship experience at the SMART Farm.

TRYING before you buy is easy at the supermarket, but not so simple at university.

That’s why the University of New England offers its GRASS Industry Scholarship Camp to 25 lucky students from across the region.

UNE GRASS education officer Susanna Grieg said the team spoke to more than 600 students before picking the camp group.

There’s a need to get some really good, strong, next generation students into agricultural science careers. - Susanna Grieg.

“There’s a need to get some really good, strong, next generation students into agricultural science careers,” Ms Grieg said.

“They’re learning about the tools and techniques agricultural scientists use to make production precise and improve it with technology.”

The program has run for 10 years, and at the end of the camp, ten to 15 students will be awarded a full scholarship.

Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School student Mitchell Roworth attended the UNE Smart Farm on Tuesday.

“I got involved in this to network, number one,” Mr Roworth said.

“And definitely to see how UNE is interacting in the agricultural science world.”

Inverell High School student Tessa Stewart grew up on a farm, and her family manages a 80,000 acre property.

“The camp gave me a real range of what degrees are available here, the sciences here are really good and that’s what I’m interested in,” Ms Stewart said.

The camp ran over two days.

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