A Nuffield Scholar from Ireland has turned to Cotton Australia to learn more about agricultural education.
Nuffield scholar Karol Kissane with Cotton Australia's Ali Briggs and Jennifer Brown.
Cotton Australia operates a dedicated education program to teach students about Australian cotton.
Karol Kissane, a dairy farmer, this year received a Nuffield Scholarship in his native Ireland.
As part of his Nuffield research, Mr Kissane will study the benefits and effectiveness of agricultural education.
He decided to visit Australia for part of his research after hearing about the education program Cotton Australia operates.
This week Mr Kissane met with Cotton Australia’s education coordinator, Ali Briggs, to learn more, and accompanied her to the Moo Baa Munch education event in Toowoomba.
Cotton Australia presented to more than 600 school students from all over the Darling Downs at the event. The attending primary school students completed hands-on educational activities to teach them more about the industry and how cotton is grown, while the high school students learnt about the field to fabric process and careers in cotton.
Karol Kissane observed how Cotton Australia engaged with school students and saw first-hand the value and impact of the education program.
“It was brilliant to see the work being done by Cotton Australia to not only educate about cotton, but also to raise awareness of the myriad of careers available in the industry,” Mr Kissane said.
“It is a model that I believe could be used by any sector in agriculture to raise awareness of their industry and the careers available in them.”
Cotton Australia’s education coordinator, Ali Briggs, said education is the key to boosting perceptions and understanding Australia’s cotton industry.
“There is significant value in Cotton Australia investing in education and teaching the next generation about our industry,” she said.
“By showing Karol what we do, he can take what he learns and help shape a brighter future for all of agriculture through his research.”
Cotton Australia has a suite of downloadable educational resources on its website to teach people about Australian cotton.