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SHOWCASING THE OPPORTUNITIES OF AGRICULTURE


Rabobank Farm Experience Program (FX) is an educational program giving city students the opportunity to spend a week on a farm to learn hands on about the food and fibre industries.

ADDRESSING INDUSTRY CHALLENGES

Rabobank is committed to engaging with its customers to identify and address issues that matter the most to them. As part of this commitment, the Rabobank Client Councils network was established.

The Client Councils network allows Rabobank to have a meaningful and ongoing discussion with a selection of clients about industry challenges and significant topics relevant to their local communities. Through this discussion platform we are also able to gain clients’ feedback on our strategy, our role as a rural bank and how to serve them better. This approach is true to our cooperative heritage – with client centricity and client influence important for Rabobank ever since its inception.

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COMING PROGRAMS


The FX Program team is currently working on the schedule for 2017, confirming locations and schools. FX will be run in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria.

WHO'S INVOLVED IN FX?


  • Participating Schools* and Students
  • Rabobank Client Councils and Hosts
  • National Program Coordinator 
  • Rabobank

*In consultation with the relevant State's Department of Education

PAST PROGRAMS


FX Programs Date School
Albany November 2016 Methodist Ladies College
Tasmania November 2016 Prospect High School confirmed
Kadina August 2016 Golden Grove HS
Moora August 2016 Kiara College
Roma (Rockhampton) July 2016 Corinda State High School
Albury May 2016 James Fallon High School
Narrogin November 2015 Methodist Ladies’ College
Kadina October 2015 Urrbrae Agricultural High School
Western Riverina September 2015 Muirfield High School
Geraldton September 2015 Kiara College
Rockhampton May 2015 Corinda State High School
Griffith Pilot September 2014 Galston High School
Geraldton Pilot August 2014 Lockridge Senior High School
Narrogin Pilot July 2014 Lockridge Senior High School

Significant learnings the students highlighted from the program included:


  • How much work goes into the farming business.
  • The amount of work behind food production. How technology influences farming and makes it a lot easier and beneficial.
  • The importance of water to the farms and why there are strict water regulations.
  • How much planning and work go into every single part of the food production process.
  • The different life style rural communities have (compared to their own).