Environmental conservation will be a key focus of this year’s Agri Aware farm walk and talk series aimed at Leaving Cert agricultural science students.
The material will consist of free educational notes and a 12-part video series and has been produced in conjunction with Teagasc and Kildalton Agricultural College. It will replace Agri Aware’s physical event series, which were cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The theme of the virtual series is in line with the current agricultural science project topic - “supporting conservation of the environment through Irish agricultural practices". It features in-depth talks and demonstrations from expert Teagasc staff based in Kildalton Agricultural College.
The talks will cover a range of curriculum-linked topics from grassland management to anti-microbial resistance, as well as providing a real-life insight into the practicalities of Irish farming. The notes cover the benefits of conservation and how Irish farmers are enhancing conservation on their farms.
Over 460 agricultural science teachers and 17,000 Agricultural Science students nationwide have signed up to receive the free video resources.
Agri Aware chairman, Alan Jagoe stated: “The videos will give students who do not live on farms an opportunity to gain a real insight into Irish agriculture and will also showcase the many positive environmental practises Irish farmers are implementing every day on their farms.
Kildalton Agricultural College principal, Tim Ashmore added: “These videos were developed by college staff in Kildalton to help provide students with an insight into the key learning outcomes on the Leaving Certificate agricultural science syllabus.
“They provide a visual link between agricultural science and practical agriculture. We look forward to welcoming secondary schools back to Kildalton in the near future.”
The videos will be released on Agri Aware’s and Teagasc’s social media accounts this week, but all 12 videos are available to view here.