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Dr. Amy Cosby

Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1), PhD (Precision Agriculture)
Research Fellow - Agri-tech Education and Extension
School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Centre for Research in Equity & Advancement of Teaching & Education (CREATE), Institute for Future Farming Systems
About Me

Dr. Amy Cosby is a Research Fellow – Agri-tech Education and Extension at CQUniversity Australia with a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and a PhD in Precision Agriculture. Amy is a leading practitioner and researcher in the field of student and teacher engagement within the agricultural industry and has extensive experience in leading large projects with a wide range of partners. Amy currently works with educators, researchers and industry professionals to develop innovative programs to increase the skills and knowledge of teachers and students in agricultural concepts, tools and systems. Amy has conducted numerous surveys with both educators and students to evaluate their current level of agricultural knowledge and perception of the industry from a range of rural and urban locations. Her objective is to use the knowledge derived from this research to design programs which showcase and attract the next generation agricultural workforce to the industry from diverse backgrounds. She has developed and implemented a range curriculum aligned agri-tech learning modules for university, VET and high school students. These modules aim to showcase the scientific and digital skills required in the agricultural industry to attract and build the capacity of the next generation workforce. This research aims to demonstrate that by exposing young people to agri-tech from an early age this will increase the adoption on technology across the agricultural supply chain as when these young people enter the workforce as they will be confident and skilled in the use of agri-tech.

General
Universities Studied At

University of New England

Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis: Developing a paddock-scale landscape risk assessment for managing Redheaded Cockchafer (Adoryphorus couloni) in dairy pastures using precision agriculture technologies.

Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
University of New England
Thesis: The legal implications of including soil carbon sequestration as a component of a potential Australian emissions trading scheme

Universities Worked At

Research Fellow and Project Manager – SMARTfarm Learning Hub

School of Education

University of New England, Armidale NSW 2351

Manager, School Engagement

Marketing, Advancement and Community Engagement Directorate

Federation University Australia, Churchill VIC 3842

Awards

· Runner-up Best Oral Presentation Agricultural Educators Symposium, Adelaide, 2018

· One of eight women chosen to participate in the NFF Diversity in Agriculture Leadership Program, 2018

· One of seven Australian PhD students chosen to attend the Commonwealth Science Conference, Bangalore, India, 2014

· International Society of Precision Agriculture Outstanding Graduate Student Award 2014

· Winner 3 Minute Thesis Competition University of New England 2013

· Winner 3 Minute Thesis Competition School of Science and Technology 2013

· Keith and Dorothy McKay Travelling Scholarship 2013

· Australian Society of Agronomy Travel Bursary 2012

· Dairy Australia and GippsDairy Top-Up Scholarship 2011-2014

· Australian Postgraduate Award 2011

Industry Reports

Cosby, A. and Howard, T. (2019). Best practice land use planning. AgriFutures. Available at https://www.agrifutures.com.au/product/best-practice-land-use-planning/

Trotter, M., Cosby, A., Manning, J., Thomson, M., Trotter, T., Graz, P., Fogarty, E., Lobb, A. and Smart, A. (2018). Demonstrating the value of animal location and behaviour data in the red meat value chain. Commissioned by the Meat and Livestock Donor Company. Available at https://www.mla.com.au/research-and-development/search-rd-reports/final-report-details/Demonstrating-the-value-of-animal-location-and-behaviour-data-in-the-red-meat-value-chain/3754

Lawson, A., Cosby, A., Baker, D., Leu, S,. Lefley, E., Euromonitor International, Sahota, A., and Bez, N. (2018). ‘Australian Organic Market Report 2018’, commissioned by Australian Organic Ltd. Available at http://austorganic.com/ao-market-report/

Recent Research Projects
Parasites in the Wild
From: 30/09/2020 to 30/11/2021
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Queensland Citizen Science Grants
Total Funding: $26,134.00
Educating kids about agriculture: Development of agri-tech learning activities and evaluation of project (NT Farmers)
From: 07/09/2020 to 31/07/2022
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Northern Territory Farmers (NT Farmers) - Contract Research
Total Funding: $95,000.00
Educating kids about agriculture: Development and evaluation of agri-tech learning activities
From: 01/09/2020 to 31/07/2022
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: AgForce Queensland
Total Funding: $300,000.00
Gippsland ADAPT: Building Capacity in Youth to Respond to Climate Change Impact on Food and Fibre Production
From: 20/07/2020 to 31/01/2021
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Food and Fibre Gippsland
Total Funding: $48,636.00
Raising rural and regional student aspirations
From: 30/06/2020 to 30/06/2023
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Victoria State Government - Raising Rural & Regional Student Aspirations
Total Funding: $479,183.94
Assessing real time tracking technologies to integrate with identification methods and national traceability requirements
From: 15/06/2020 to 15/06/2021
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 1: Aust Competitive Grant)
Funding Scheme: Integrity Systems Company Limited
Total Funding: $88,883.00
CQU and Rabobank Teacher Farm Experience (FX) Program
From: 15/06/2019 to 31/12/2020
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3: Industry and Other)
Funding Scheme: Rabobank Australia Limited
Total Funding: $240,000.00
WISE64904 - Women in Agri-tech: Increasing participation in the future of farming
From: 01/07/2018 to 30/06/2020
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Innovation,Industry and Science (DIIS)
Total Funding: $359,999.80
GPS Cows for Technology Mandatory in NSW schools
From: 01/06/2018 to 31/12/2020
Grant: Competitive Grant (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Education NSW
Total Funding: $284,000.00
Reef Extension Think Tank project: Planting the seed: attracting the next generation of extension officers
From: 19/07/2019 to 30/06/2020
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Agriculture & Fisheries
Total Funding: $3,000.00
STEM School to Industry Partnership Program - Agri-tech component
From: 15/04/2019 to 31/12/2019
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Education NSW
Total Funding: $50,128.91
Gippsland Industry Projects and Pathways for Youth in Agrifood
From: 20/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: East Gippsland Food Cluster
Total Funding: $130,000.00
Scoping study - Accelerometers on sheep for mathematics
From: 01/07/2018 to 31/12/2020
Grant: Contract Research (Category 2: Other Public Sector)
Funding Scheme: Department of Education NSW
Total Funding: $147,400.00
TeacherFX - Building the capacity of STEM and Digital Technologies teachers in Western Australia
From: 20/04/2018 to 31/12/2018
Grant: Contract Research (Category 3)
Funding Scheme: Rabobank Australia Limited
Total Funding: $12,000.00
Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • 3002 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
  • 3903 Education Systems

At the level of Associate Supervisor


Current Capacity
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Research Interests
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Agriculture, Land and Farm Management - Farming Systems Research

Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences

Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences - Agriculture, Land and Farm Management not elsewhere classified

Education

Agriculture, Land and Farm Management - Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy

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