VICTORIA will launch its response to the national crisis on agricultural education tomorrow.After more than a dozen public hearings and 100 written submissions, a parliamentary committee will table its report tomorrow.
The NSW Government has already announced its own inquiry into the dramatic decline of students choosing agriculture as a career.
Prof Jim Pratley, a former Charles Sturt University agriculture dean, will head the inquiry, which is due to report back to the Government by June next year.
The Productivity Commission and the Senate also want to know why agriculture is "on the nose''.
A record low number of students began agriculture studies in Victorian universities this year.
"Agriculture is no longer a sexy subject with young people,'' Liberal MP and chairman of the Government inquiry into agricultural education and training David Southwick said.
Fewer than 700 agricultural science students will graduate in Australia this year.
The parliamentary committee under Mr Southwick has also reviewed the courses offered in Victorian schools.
Meanwhile, the Government is due to respond within weeks to another parliamentary inquiry looking into how to attract and keep young farmers on the land.
The report it produced found that for every agricultural science graduate there were eight or nine jobs available, as well as vacancies for workers.
Committee chairman Paul Weller said the committee had heard many ideas about how to attract young people to agriculture.
"First and foremost is to do away with the negative image of farming that young rural people often have,'' Mr Weller said.