Field to Fashion, How many jobs do you think there are from the Cotton Field to High End Fashion?
Most people would come up with maybe 50 occupations that would include farmers, designers and tractor Drivers. These jobs are only on the surface, as you begin to dig deeper and learn more about the industry we soon learn that there are so many opportunities available for a career in agriculture.
Cotton starts as a tiny seed being planted on a farm. The number of people who work hard for this tiny plant to grow include the farmer, machine operators, plant breeders, scientists, real estate agents , researchers, farm hands, bankers, bug checkers, agronomists, diesel mechanics, crop consultants, truck drivers and irrigation specialists to name a few.
As the Cotton plant matures and is ready for harvest roles like grower services, operations manager and picking contractors are some of the jobs that are required to get the cotton to the gin.
On arrival at the Gin occupations like Gin manager, machine operators, classer, OH and S Advisor, and operations managers.
Once the Cotton is turned to yarn/ fabric, Knitters, machinists, designers, retail, financial planners, yarn buyers journalists and HR consultants.
There are so many options available, that are related to the agricultural Industry. If you are considering a career, Cotton Australia has an A-Z list showing the many options available. You might just find that job of a lifetime in The Agriculture Industry that you have been looking for.
Dwayne Schubert recently visited Gwynneville Public and spoke to our class 6E about his journey so far in The Agricultural Industry.
The following information is a Timeline Of Dwayne Schuberts Career to date.
2016 Cotton Australia Young Farming Champion
Agronomy and Livestock Production
RAS Rural Achiever
Working in Tasmania's Derwent Valley
2015 Coordinator "Young Farmer Challenge"
University Of Sydney Agricultural Science Degree Final Year
2014 Named Cotton Australia Young Farming Champion
Graduated from University
Spent 3yrs working in The Upper Namoi
Planning, preparing and managing cotton crops
2013 Finalist Woolworths Agricultural Business
RAS Rural Achiever Award
Landmark Graduate Program - First Role as an Agronomist
Gunnedah Branch- Introduction to the Cotton Industry
2012 Finalist 2013 Royal Agricultural Society
Achiever of The Year
2011 International Study Tour of Canterbury Plains in New Zealand
2010 Australian Universities Crops Competition
2010 Played Water Polo for in Wagga
A member of the winning CSU Team
Grain Growers Australian University Crops Competition
Charles Sturt University Wagga - Agricultural Science Degree
Visited The Mekong Delta in Vietnam while attending CSU
2009 University of Newcastle - Environmental Science Degree
2003 Attended St Clares High School
Grew up in Mount George on The Mid North Coast
So many of the garments that we can wear and use are found in our homes. Here are just some of the garments found in one house.
Pegs , clothes baskets and clotheslines can be found in many backyards in Australia.
The following were the questions that we asked Dwayne during his visit on Tuesday.
Can you explain to us what an Agronomist does?
Basically I'm a plant doctor. I work with farmers checking for pests, moisture levels and the number of plants per metre. We help to educate and make decisions
Why are Agronomists important to Cotton Farming?
We are sounding boards for Cotton Farmers and we help them plan.
What are the benefits of being a Cotton Farmer?
The benefits for me are that I get to work outside, I'm my own boss and I get to meet lots of interesting people.
When did you know that you wanted to work in The Agricultural Industry?
I think I was about 7 years of age.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight for me would have to be, being named The Rural Ambassador for NSW
What was the name of your degree? How many years of Study did you have to do for your degree?
I have actually done two degrees 1. Environmental science 2. AgriculturalScience
What are your favourite childhood memories?
Holidays camping on the river with my family
How many bales of cotton would the farms that you work on, harvest each year?
About 4.1 bales per hectare which is about 1500 bales on one farm.
How much does a bale of cotton cost?
Current cost is about $450 , but prices can go up and down
Do you live on a farm in Tasmania?
Yes, my girlfriends family farm.
What varieties of Cotton are grown in Tasmania?
Who has influenced your career the most?
My grandfather and Aaron Goddart from Gunnedah
How often do you get to visit schools?
Not enough. As a part of The Art4Agriculture program. Gwynneville Public School is my only Primary School
Wow, how lucky were we on Tuesday to have a visit from our Young farming Champion, Dwayne Schubert.
We learn't so much about Cotton and farming from Dwayne. His presentation provided us with lots of information that explained the process of cotton from the " field to being made into fabric." He was funny, easy to talk to and provided us with lots of feedback in terms of our 2016 Archibull entry.
Being able to talk to someone first hand about The Agricultural Industry makes it so much easier for us to understand the many different aspects associated with farming.
Two great big Thank You's. The first to the Art 4Agriculture team for providing this opportunity and secondly to Dwayne for supporting our journey and taking the time to share his passion with us.
This year, Gwynneville Public School is studying "Cotton" for the Archibull 2016 competition. Dwayne Schubert came to our school to talk to us about "Cotton farming" and "Agronomy". Dwayne is a member of the Young Farming Champions 2016, who go around Australia and educate Schools about farming. He spoke about the fact that since about the age of 7 his main aspiration was to work as a farmer. He has played water polo for NSW and when his not farming loves playing football with his mates. Before he finished his 4 year University degree in Agricultural Science he worked with a metal company . Today he works as an Agronomist and lives in Tasmania. An Agronomist is someone who cares for plants and makes sure they are growing with no complication. He goes around Australia helping farmers and giving them advice on making sure plants are growing to the best of their ability. He also goes around Australian educating schools on Farming. He is also the NSW Rural Ambassador and has even met a member of Royal family. He stated that he loves his job because he gets enjoyment from helping others, working with animals and being outside for the majority of it.