Farm Walk and Talk hosted at UCD Lyons Research Farm

Over 300 Agricultural Science students attend Lyons Research Farm for hands-on learning.

Agricultural Science students from schools across Leinster donned their wellies and attended Lyons Research Farm for interactive learning, as part of Agri Aware’s Farm Walk and Talk series, 2017.

Agri Aware’s Farm Walk and Talk series is a key event in the Agricultural Science calendar, as it demonstrates the practical elements of modern agriculture, to second level students preparing for their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science exam.

The Farm Walk and Talk series took place from March 6-10 and 13, with eight venues hosting students over six days. The event held at UCD included demonstrations and presentations from lecturers as well as a number of Agri Aware patrons who provided industry and curriculum linked talks. Representatives from Kepak and Glanbia were on hand to provide information about the Irish beefs and dairy industries, while an Irish Farmers Journal represntative spoke on the wide ranging careers available in the agri-food industry.

Pictured at the Farm Walk and Talk held at UCD Lyon's Research Farm is Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle, Agri Aware staff and patrons, students and UCD staff.

Speaking at the Farm Walk and Talk in Lyons Research Farm, Agri Aware's Chairman, Richard Moeran said, "Agri Aware has expanded its Farm Walk and Talk series, this year we hosted two events in Teagasc Ballyhaise and UCD’s Lyons Research Farm has also come on board. This highlights the importance of students gaining real-life experience on working farms ahead of their Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science exam. The growing popularity of Ag Science as a viable career has been highlighted by the CAO this week, with news that there has been a 17% increase in the number of students applying for third-level honours degree courses in agriculture/horticulture. ”

Agri Aware’s Executive Director, Deirdre O’Shea added, “It’s great to see so many schools interested in Farm Walk and Talk. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain an insight into the hands-on experience of a working farm while also getting the opportunity to engage with key industry stakeholders. Agri Aware wouldn’t be able to facilitate these events without the help of Teagasc, UCD, IASTA and our patrons from the agri-food industry.”

Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle opened proceedings at UCD's Lyons Research Farm stating: “One important issue I would like to remind you about is the importance of farming safely. Regardless of the type of farm you are involved with, you need to be aware of the risks in the environment you are working and do not become complacent. The risks are too great and the price too high.”

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