Environmental conservation is the key focus of this year’s Agri Aware Farm Walk and Talk 2021 notes and video series, in conjunction with Teagasc and Kildalton Agricultural College.
The series is also supported by the Irish Agricultural Science Teachers Association (IASTA) and Agri Aware patrons.
The free, educational notes and 12-part video series, which features expert Teagasc staff, filmed in Kildalton Agricultural College in Co Kilkenny, will act as an invaluable resource to Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science students and teachers, who have had limited class time in the last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.
The theme of the virtual series is in line with the current Leaving Cert Agricultural Science project topic - 'Supporting conservation of the environment through Irish agricultural practices' - and features indepth talks and demonstrations from expert Teagasc staff based in Kildalton Agricultural College.
The talks 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 modern, Irish farming. The notes also cover the benefits of conservation and how Irish farmers are working towards enhancing conservation on their farms.
Over 460 Agricultural Science teachers and 17,000 Agricultural Science students nationwide have already signed up to receive the free video resources, which also include free notes that align with the new curriculum and focus on themes such as conservation and sustainability.
The video series is in replacement of Agri Aware’s flagship Farm Walk and Talk physical event series, which usually takes place each spring and welcomes thousands of students and teachers but due to Covid-19 restrictions this year, this was not possible.
Agri Aware chairman, Alan Jagoe stated: “We are delighted to present this Agri Aware Farm Walk and Talk video series supported by Teagasc and aimed at supporting Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science students and teachers, who have had a challenging year with limited classes and access to farms due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
“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.
“On behalf of Agri Aware, I would like to thank Teagasc and Kildalton Agricultural college for their support in creating this video series and for providing their valued knowledge and expertise."
All 12 videos are available to view here