Farm safety focus for students

By Shepparton News

Agriculture students from across the Goulburn Valley attended a farm safety session yesterday to implement better safety measures in a dangerous industry.

Goulburn Oven’s Institute of TAFE agriculture trainer Allan Rak said the session covered farm safety, agronomic advice on pastures and crops and new drone technology.

‘‘We’re also teaching about using technology in farm mapping to monitor farm crops and fertilising,’’ he said.

Student Marc Saunders said they had been learning about the importance of soil testing and how it could save a lot of money from being wasted later.

The information session was open to TAFE students studying a Certificate III or IV in agriculture or dairy.

Agriculture and dairy courses are covered under the free TAFE program, widening the pool of students entering the industry.

More than 45 students attended, eager to expand their learning, with more sessions next week, which will focus primarily on farm safety.

The sessions are a key part of providing present and future farmers with the right knowledge.

‘‘Agriculture has one of the highest statistics of deaths in any industry. Mainly due to quad bike accidents and tractor safety,’’ Mr Saunders said.

Student Sam Primrose said the course is providing him with a lot of knowledge.

Mr Primrose hoped to use his course as a head start in the industry, with a focus on dairy production.

Natalie Campbell is an RMIT journalism student on work placement at The News.