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AgForce introduces farming education

AusBN – AgForce has partnered with a local science club to educate children about the science behind farming.

Over a period of five-weeks the children learnt about topics including soil science, cotton research, growing mushrooms and beef production.

The lessons took place at the Central Highlands Science centre.

Australian Beef Industry Foundation board director Bronwyn Roberts spoke at one of the classes.

She said: "It's never too early to try and attract them, but I'd say we've probably got some budding scientists here."

Lisa Caffery, chairperson of the Central Highlands Science Centre, added: "Next year we will change it up, we'll have five different topics.

"Living in a rural and regional location it is mad that we don't know more about agricultural science, so why wouldn't we include it?

"It's fun, it's hands on, it's practical and the kids get to learn something they don't learn at school.

"This is the way of making children excited about science." 

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Australia invests in agriculture technology

AusBN – Australia has announced that it will invest A$1.5-million into a project to provide farmers with advice on how to reduce costs and improve production.

The project will aim to provide information and advice on ways to use soil to improve production in their cropping paddocks and pastures.

An interactive system will be developed to give farmers real-time information about their farms, which will help them identify the crop varieties with the best returns.

Australia’s agriculture minister said: “Agriculture plays a critical role in building our nation’s wealth today and tomorrow—and soil management plays a critical role in building agriculture.  

“This project will build on our previous investments in soil, including the SoilMapp iPad app, along with the work of CSIRO and others on agricultural models and satellite data for farmers’ use.” 

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Bunge Australia expands into Western Australia

AusBN – Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) has started construction on its first Western Australian grain storage facility in Kukerin.

The facility will contain bunker sites, which will have the storage capacity for 200,000 tonnes of grain.

Bunge has also announced plans to construct a storage facility in Arthur River, which will have a 250,000 tonne capacity.

Construction has recently been completed at the company’s grain facility at Bunbury Port and seven shipments have been exported from the facility.

Bunge Australia General Manager Chris Aucote said: "It's going to be an increase over time and we're certainly looking to increase the number of cargoes we've done this year and hopefully look to increase that by 50 to 100% over the next 12 months.

"For us Western Australia is a very important part of what we're doing here in Australia."

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