More women studying agriculture

27 Mar, 2009 01:00 AM
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Sara Thompson moved from Roleystone after finishing school to begin her life in agriculture and is part of the increasing number of women studying agriculture.
Sara Thompson moved from Roleystone after finishing school to begin her life in agriculture and is part of the increasing number of women studying agriculture.

CURTIN University of Technology's School of Agriculture and Environment is tipping the gender balance, with the traditionally male-dominated campus in Northam now boasting a female majority.

School of Agriculture and Environment director Graeme Robertson said women now comprised 55 per cent of the total enrolments at the Northam campus.

"It's great to see more women choosing agriculture as a career, and with the industry still crying out for more graduates there are a world of opportunities open to these students," Prof Robertson said.

"In the past, we've seen a shortage of females in the country with a lot of girls moving away to pursue city-based careers, but this is slowly changing and now we're even seeing girls from the city choosing the tree-change lifestyle to pursue a career in agriculture."

Student Sara Thompson moved from Roleystone after finishing school to begin her life in agriculture.

"I have always been in love with agriculture and the land, and through my passion for endurance riding and horses I spent a lot of time in the country when I was growing up," she said.

"Now I even spend university breaks working on farms and I can't see myself ever moving back to the city."

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Equal opportunity
27/03/2009 6:38:41 AM

Now if we can get the guys to cook, clean and look after the house and kids, let the women run the farm. This might be the new resurgence for dying country towns.
angela
13/04/2010 12:05:44 PM, on Farm Weekly

Is there a farm in W.A. not too far from Perth where 16 year old can spend her scbhool holidays working on the farm.....specially with horses and other animals.?

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