Student joins select group

Jimmy Bidstrup is looking forward to opportunities the conference will give him. d410688
Jimmy Bidstrup is looking forward to opportunities the conference will give him. d410688

Jimmy was one of 100 students from throughout the country who was chosen to take part in the four-day conference, which explored solutions to the world food shortage, at the university’s School of Environmental and Rural Science.

Prior to attending Lockridge Senior High School, Jimmy had only limited exposure to the agriculture industry.

Through the school farm, he became involved in several programs, including cattle and sheep breeding, food production and farm irrigation, which sparked his interest in agriculture.

‘I hope to pursue a career in agribusiness. Going to the conference is a massive opportunity and I’m really excited about the prospect of meeting new people who are interested in a related field,’ he said.

During the conference, students will be tasked with finding out how the world’s population, which is predicted to increase to nine billion people by 2050, will be fed.

Jimmy believes the solution maybe in remote sensing satellite technology.

‘By collating data through satellite imagery we can figure out things like pasture growth rate and predicted yield in different areas, and work how much growth can be sustained in those areas.’

‘The world food shortage is an imminent issue, but we have a duty to prepare for it.’

Although Jimmy said the prospect of a potential world food crisis seemed ‘scary’, he was confident that with the rapid advancement of technology it could be addressed. ‘I’m really looking forward to discussing the issues,’ he said.