I attended the Warragul meeting. There was discussion of education issues and needs. The farmers at the table were very naive when it came to their knowledge of post high school education. I am an expert in that field so I know the issues. I was formerly a Professor of Business at Monash. I come from a rural background. I was previously an agriculture journalist in NZ with their national farmers' organisation. Farmers did not understand the range and depth of International Students inside the Vic economy as a source of revenue. They did not understand that Int Students were bringing in $9 billion per annum to the VIC economy. I asked about their plan to engage with Int Students as an alternative to dairying or a complementary business. They could not see the opportunity for investment or new work. Put another way, they did not think innovation or change. I would like to get an action research project in this transition area. It would need funding.The farmers need educating as to the opportunity. They need to move away from old mindsets. Murray Cree M: 0407 536 618
Hi can you be more specific? Im aware of the large number of International Students. Are you suggesting dairyfarmers exit the dairy industry and start a business of some kind to service the student market? Exactly what kind of business do you envisage they could run parallel to dairy that woul meet intl students needs?
I actually know many farmers who are are tertiary educated, from business, science, veterinary. In fact I think it is increasingly common in the farming demographic.
Outside advice is needed for farmers who want to lead the industry transition of higher education alongside dairying in Victoria
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