Mining’s loss is agriculture’s gain

The agricultural industry has competed and battled with the mining industry for years but it looks like agriculture is making a comeback.

The Ag.Trade.Life – Powering the Future exhibition at Mackay showgrounds yesterday and today has been an avenue for the agriculture industry to say ‘hey we’re still here’, organiser Canegrowers’ Sonia Ball said.

She said with the slowdown in the mining industry, agriculture was returning to form, the Daily Mercury reported.

The agriculture industry has worked alongside the growth of mining and the inaugural exhibition celebrated one of the largest industries in the region, Ball said.

“We have a percentage of younger people coming off the farms, going into the mines, but coming back to farms. It’s all finding its balance,” she said.

Sarina State High School agriculture department head Tracy Soward-Amalfi said the agriculture industry was contending with the mining industry to attract people due to the income factor.

But she said more students were looking to agriculture for their careers. Students get a sample of the industry early and follow it through as a career choice.

“In the area of the show judging, our kids have been unstoppable,” she said.

“We pride ourselves on presentation. The kids learn about self respect and there’s no ‘I don’t want to do it’ policy. Everything is about experiences and life is about taking risks.”

The exhibition will run until 3pm today.

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