Primary Industries Education Foundation

February newsletter

PIEF has released its February 2015 newsletter ... read more.

PIEFA Conference: "We love food and fibre"

PIEFA's Conference "We love food and fibre" will be held on 3 and 4 June 2015 at the QT Hotel, Canberra, ACT. The conference will once again bring together educators, industry and government to explore the latest trends in primary industries education. Our last conference (in 2013) was well received with 85% of delegates saying it was "excellent" or "very good." Delegates described the Conference and speakers as "inspiring", "positive" and "passionate" and said they felt more knowledgeable, connected and energised after attending.

More details, including a call for expressions of interest for potential presenters, will appear in March's newsletter and here on the website.



Our website is a one-stop web portal of primary industries resources for schools and the community. The site is searchable by the Australian Curriculum subject areas. We welcome feedback and information about resources that teachers are using and recommend to others. We are keen to promote news and events related to primary industries education via our website.

New learning materials for primary school students launched

PIEF has partnered with Landcare Australia to develop learning materials for primary school students to improve their understanding of where food and fibres come from and how they are produced on farms.

The teaching and learning sequences were launched on 28 November 2014 by former governor general, the national Advocate for Soil Health, the Hon. Major General Michael Jeffery.

They will be available with other Australian Curriculum resources on the online portal Scootle. In addition they are now available via Landcare Australia's website at There are also links to the new materials on Primezone, which is PIEF's web portal to education materials focused on primary industries.

Ahead of developing the complete teaching sequences, Landcare Australia and PIEF recently released a set of five double-page "How To Guides" on topics such as creating a food garden or frog pond, growing plants with natural pesticides and enhancing and restoring habitats.

The teaching and learning sequences build on these topics in straightforward teaching scenarios covering a range of issues related to Landcare. Landcare Australia CEO Tessa Jakszewicz said Landcare was not only concerned with the environment and growing food, but also involved mathematics (how much soil for the garden), science, and community engagement.

PIEF CEO Ben Stockwin said the Foundation worked closely with farming organisations and State and Federal education departments to ensure there was an appropriate coverage of food and fibre included in the curriculum.

New report – five reasons to choose agriculture as a career

The World Bank has just released a report than gives five compelling reasons for youth to choose agriculture as a career ... read more.

PIPS toolkit

PIEF has developed the Primary Industries Partnerships in Schools (PIPS) toolkit to build links between agribusiness and school classrooms and open up a wide range of career opportunities in Australia's primary industries ... go to PIPS toolkit.

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Worrying levels of knowledge about agriculture in schools

A survey released by PIEF shows that student and teacher knowledge of food and fibre production has declined to worrying levels. It reveals that 75 per cent of students thought cotton socks were an animal product and 45 per cent could not identify that everyday lunchbox items such as a banana, bread and cheese originated from farms. The survey is a wake-up call to government says PIEF's Chair, Dr Cameron Archer.

... read media release, read survey. The survey was undertaken for PIEF by the Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) ... read ACER newsletter re the survey.

PIEF acknowledges DAFF, Woolworths and PIEF members Meat and Livestock Australia, Forest and Wood Products Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Egg Corporation Limited and Cotton Australia as supporters of the survey.

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