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Southern Cross Uni brings research insights to Primex

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13 May 2024

The region’s premier agricultural expo, Primex, will celebrate its 40th edition next week and Southern Cross University is once again a major sponsor and participant.

Two panels on this year’s program will showcase the University’s expertise in regenerative agriculture, soil science and circular economies. Expo visitors will have a unique opportunity to meet scientists and get an insight into the latest thinking and research in these fields. Demonstrations of soil and environmental analysis technology and renewable energy projects will also be on show, together with information about the University's new veterinary programs.

For those interested in turning waste into profit, don't miss the chance to catch up with the University’s ReCirculator team at Primex. ReCirculator is a federally funded project that works to connect local businesses with technology for better use of agricultural and other waste streams.

They have six major test projects underway, ranging from the extraction of nutrients from industrial wastewater to the transformation of plastic waste into construction aggregate or even filament for 3D-print housing components. A 3D-printed shelter made by local company Studio Kite using recycled plastic will be on display as part of the Southern Cross stand.

The University's stand at Primex will have course and application information about the suite of degrees offered at the Northern Rivers and other campuses such as engineering, science, regenerative agriculture, and the debut veterinary program.

The first degree in the program, a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology will be introduced at the Northern Rivers campus next year.

"There’s a great deal of excitement in being able to offer our veterinary programs in the Northern Rivers. Our Veterinary Technology program will commence in 2025, with Veterinary Medicine due to begin in 2026. There’s a critical shortage of veterinary professionals within the region, and nationally. We’re thrilled to be developing Australia’s latest veterinary education precinct,” said Brett Smith, Veterinary Technology Program Coordinator.

All events are free but bookings are essential. More information about Primex:

Southern Cross at Primex

16 May: Straight to the source

A panel of culinary champions invite you to join them for a grazing breakfast spotlighting the region's top-notch fare. You'll also hear insider tips for local producers aiming to excel in foodservice and retail, while understanding how we can best support our farmers and the valuable role they play in our future.

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16 May: Circular Economy Opportunities for Agriculture

Expert panellists, comprising experts from diverse backgrounds, will explore practical applications and potential benefits of adopting circular economy principles in agriculture, from reducing waste and maximising resource efficiency to promoting regenerative practices and enhancing food security.

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17 May: Building Resilient Farms with Regenerative Principles

Panellists will explore the foundational role of soil in sustainable farming systems, emphasising how regenerative practices contribute to soil regeneration, water retention, and nutrient cycling, as well as a veterinary perspective on the appropriate management of livestock for ecosystem health.

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