West Timor experience for young agricultural scientist
Since graduating in Rural Science from the University of New England four year ago, Skye Gabb has worked as a jillaroo in the Northern Territory, as a volunteer on a research project in West Timor, to her present job with the Birchip Cropping Group.
In 2011 Skye spent 10 months working with project staff and farmers on an ACIAR project in West Timor and Flores. The aim was to help the farmers add forage legumes to their cropping mix to increase crop and livestock production.
Skye documented her experience in the latest 'Connect Magazine' from Australian Volunteers for International Development. She was also recently interviewed by ABC regional radio about her experience as an agricultural scientist.
Skye says studying agriculture offers many exciting opportunities for young people, especially who those who like the outdoors and doing something practical. "There are lots of opportunities and plenty of people who are willing to mentor you and train you up to help you carve out your own career."
Listen to Skye's interview and read an abridged version of her story: