Essay Competition Tips for Selecting Your Challenge

We hope university students around the country are starting to think about how they’ll address this year’s essay question.

The essay competition requires you to start out by selecting a current challenge facing agriculture and food security that you want to solve. 

What are these challenges?

For those who are new to thinking about challenges in food and fibre we thought we’d give you some tips to start exploring where you might be able to make a difference.

You might want to start by looking at the National Farmers Federation Talking 2030 Discussion Paper and Roadmap. This will let you know where we want to go, and offers some clues for what might need to be addressed to get us there.

Follow news sites dedicated to reporting on agriculture like this. The opinion columns offer insights from those with boots on the ground.

You could get on twitter and follow @AgChatOz or even join in on an #agchatoz conversation that happens fortnightly on a Tuesday. 

If you like to listen to podcasts you can check out ones that discuss what people in agriculture are already doing; some of our favourites are Generation Ag, Humans of Agriculture, Agtech: So What? and AgriFutures EvokeAg podcast. There are a heap more listed on The Farm Table.

Take a look at universities offering agriculture and the course lists that come under these degrees. This way you’ll be able to see what different areas can be of focus when learning about agriculture. You might even consider an agriculture elective in your degree.

Take a step back and think about how you interact with food, fibre and the supply chain everyday. How does your discipline have a role in this? Agriculture expands and delves into so much more than you may initially imagine. Study nutrition or any form of health sciences? How and where our food comes from or is taken to produce supplements and medication has a major impact on nutrition and health. Study engineering/IT/Maths? AgTech, IoT, analysing future markets and more are all important sectors in agriculture.

These are just a few suggestions and there are many other ways for you to find out more about this exciting and vital industry.

Happy exploring and essay writing!

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