Ag Student Visit

McAuley 2018

For the sixth consecutive year, staff and students from McAuley College in Grafton have toured the sugar production facilities at the Harwood Mill and Refinery, as well as local Clarence Valley cane farms.

Agricultural Studies staff along with 15 students, spent several hours meeting with milling staff and growers, giving them the opportunity to see first-hand how sugar is grown and made.

Highlights of the visit included learning about how the sugar mills produce their own electricity and operate virtually carbon-neutral. In the field, they learned that the sugar cane plant is also environmentally friendly, as it acts as a carbon sponge, absorbing more carbon as it grows than is released during its harvesting and transportation stages.

As a keen employer and training ground for local youth, Sunshine Sugar welcomes these learning visits and supports the sharing of knowledge about sugar production and the value of the sugar industry to the local business and agricultural community.

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