Crowd at Property planning (1)

North West Local Land Services is gearing up for the 2016 schools’ property planning competition. The competition is open to high school agriculture and primary industries students across north west NSW.

In its nineteenth year, the competition requires students to develop a strategic farm plan taking into account sustainable farming practices, biosecurity, and for the first time, look at marketing produce with an eye on export possibilities.

The field component of the competition will be conducted on a property outside of Manilla on Tuesday March 8 where North West Local Land Services staff, along with staff from Landcare, will take students through a series of exercises including soil testing, vegetation and groundcover monitoring, and biosecurity activities.

All resources required will be available via the North West Local Land Services website. Transport costs for students getting to the field day will be met by North West Local Land Services.

“The competition is designed to give students a taste of what it is to strategically look at developing a plan for a real life property. It will also give them the opportunity to examine the many and varied careers in the agricultural industry, some of which they may not yet have considered.

“We have already had a fantastic response from many local schools but there is always room for more; it is great to see schools from smaller areas participating.

“The competition is always hotly contested with the winner being announced at Ag quip in August,” said Col Easton, competition coordinator.

Interested agriculture teachers are encouraged to contact Col Easton at North West Local Land Services on 0408 802 578.

Media contact : Fiona Cutler 0427662856 / fiona.cutler@lls.nsw.gov.au