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Rabobank supports National Association of Agricultural Educators conference

Agricultural educators from across Australia converged on Toowoomba recently for the annual National Association of Agricultural Educators (NAAE) conference.

Discussions about the future of ag teaching focused on creators and innovators during the five-day event that included industry panels, presentations and farm tours around the Darling Downs.

Agribusiness banking specialist Rabobank, a principle sponsor of the conference, hosted a panel discussion at the RaboTruck, led by ABC Landline host Pip Courtney with producers and industry representatives highlighting the variety of career options available to students in the ag sector.

Rabo Client Council chair for Southern Queensland Stuart Armitage said the client councils – groups of the bank’s farming clients who volunteer their time implementing programs that contribute to the sustainability of rural communities – recognise the importance of supporting and investing in ag education and educators.

“The 140 teachers and educators who gathered in Toowoomba play a vital role in educating current and future generations about the exciting opportunities open to them in the agricultural sector,” he said.

“Australia is home to some of the most dynamic, successful and sustainable food and agribusiness organisations in the world, with huge growth opportunities – but also challenges – ahead in helping to sustainably feed and clothe the world. The role of ag educators has never been more important in harnessing these opportunities and meeting these challenges.”


Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world’s leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 120 years’ experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 38 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 8.4 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1000 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group is one of Australasia’s leading agricultural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region’s food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 90 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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Denise Shaw
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Rabobank Australia & New Zealand
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Will Banks
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Rabobank Australia
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