Agriculture – from macho to gender balance

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For 100 years, agricultural education in Australia was provided for males only. From the 1970s onwards women were admitted to almost all agricultural education institutions but it took until 2003 for gender balance in these courses to become a reality. This was some 15 years after gender balance had been reached across the university sector. Agriculture is now positioned on the average for the university sector and well in front of architecture, engineering and information technology disciplines. It is perhaps timely to evaluate whether work arrangements are in place in agriculture to provide the appropriate support for the increasing proportion of women in the agricultural workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Subtitle of host publicationDoing More With Less
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017 - Mercure Ballarat Hotel & Convention Centre, Ballarat, Australia
Duration: 24 Sep 201728 Sep 2017 (Conference website) (Conference proceedings)


Conference18th Australian Agronomy Conference 2017
Abbreviated titleDoing more with less
OtherThe 18th Australian Agronomy Conference will be held at the Mercure Ballarat Hotel and Convention Centre, Victoria from 24-28 September 2017. The Australian Agronomy Conference is the meeting place for Agronomists; it supports research and the community of Agronomists by connecting Agronomy communities across Australia to each other.

The theme for the 2017 conference is “Doing more with less”. A central plank of Australia’s productive output is agriculture, worth over AUD$13.6 billion exported annually. Agronomy is key to ensuring that farmland is productive across Australia’s diverse landscapes. Innovation in machinery and precision technologies, plant species and varieties, soil and plant management may allow the agronomist of today to successfully help agricultural producers thrive. These innovations are timely as the world deals with increasingly variable climates, environmental degradation, and a more developed global community that requires more diverse products from agriculture.
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