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Climate Alliance - “Building Resilience” 2019

Tue 19, Nov 2019 3.00pm to 9.00pm

Exclusive discounts for AIA Members!
Do you work in risk? Interested in building resilience?
Do you work in an industry that could, is or will be impacted by the effects of climate change?
Want to learn how leaders are addressing the risks and challenges associated with climate change?
Then this Climate Alliance conference is for you!
Can’t make it to the conference? See below for webinar registration.

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 12, Nov 2019 12 noon - 1.30pm AEST

Plastics role in food security: balancing environmental concerns

AIA TAS: The Evolution of Beef Cattle Breeding Technology

Fri 08, Nov 2019 7pm - 9.00pm

“The Evolution of Beef Cattle Breeding Technology - An Australian Case Study”.

The Ag Institute Australia Tasmanian Division warmly invite you to an informative and relaxing evening with guest speaker, Dr Peter Parnell, CEO of Angus Australia.

AIA Ethics Masterclass: The Rising Tide of Ethics in Australian Agriculture

Thu 31, Oct 2019 17:00-19:00

Exclusive discounts for AIA Members and students!

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 01, Oct 2019 12 noon - 1.30pm AEST

Dairy Industry - the current state of play

AIA NSW & Thought For Food - AgriFood Tech Pitching Competition

Wed 25, Sep 2019 6pm – 9pm

Event Name: AgriFood Tech Pitching Competition
Date: Wednesday 25th September
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Cicada Innovations: 145/4 Cornwallis St, Eveleigh NSW 2015
Cost: AIA members, Student AIA Members & Though For Food network Free, Non-members $20
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AIA SA: Ag Tech Hackathon

Fri 13, Sep 2019 9am to 5 pm

The Ag Tech Hackathon is an event to encourage innovation among undergraduate and postgraduate students. Two workshops will provide training in developing an idea from an initial concept to a commercial reality. The event involves two workshops and a final presentation with the winning team or individual receiving a cash prize and a 6-month incubation period at ThincLab Waite.
While the competition is only open to tertiary students, Institute members can attend the two workshops.

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 03, Sep 2019 12PM to 1.30PM

State-run Ag Farms, training in agricultural science, agriculture and farm management
In Australia, does having a university farm help or hinder the teaching of agricultural science, commercial agriculture and modern commercial farm management?

Ag Institute Australia TAS Event - Plant and Animal Biosecurity in Tasmania – Working Partnerships

Wed 28, Aug 2019 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Event Name: "Plant and Animal Biosecurity in Tasmania – Working Partnerships"
Date: Wednesday 28 August 2019
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Lighthouse Hotel, 33 Victoria Street, Ulverstone, Tasmania
Cost: $22 AIA members, $26 Non Members, $17 Students
More info: Please contact Les Baxter on 0403 056 676 (

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Ag Institute Australia WA Division Ag Futures 2035 Conference

Tue 20, Aug 2019 09:30- 13:00

The Ag Institute Australia (AIA) WA Division invites you to attend our upcoming exciting 'Ag Futures 2035 - AIA Western Australia Division Conference' conference. Please see below for additional details:

Ag Institute Australia Victorian Division & La Trobe University Agriculture Students information session and networking event

Thu 08, Aug 2019 5pm - 7pm

Event Name: Ag Institute Australia Victorian Division & La Trobe University Agriculture Students information session and networking event
Date: Thursday 8 August 2019
Time: 5pm – 7pm
Venue: La Trobe University, Main Foyer, Agribio building, 5 Ring Rd, La Trobe University, Bundoora

Cost: AIA members, Students & La Trobe staff Free, Non AIA members & Non-La Trobe staff $10

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The University of Melbourne - Agriculture Students Information Session and networking event

Wed 07, Aug 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm

Event Name: Ag Institute Australia Victorian Division & The University of Melbourne - Agriculture Students Information Session and Networking Event
Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Venue: The University of Melbourne, Kimpton Theatre, Building B142, Royal Parade, Parkville
Cost: AIA members & Students - $0
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Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 06, Aug 2019 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM

Socialist Agriculture in East Germany, June 1978

This month’s speaker is Michael Graefe, FAIA, President, Ag Institute Australia, Victoria Division. Michael visited Dresden in the then German Democratic Republic (GDR) to reconnect with wider family after 33 years and to attend that nation’s only Educational AGRA Exhibition at Leipzig.

SA Division Dinner Meeting

Wed 03, Jul 2019 7pm - 9.30pm

The SA Division invites members and guests to a dinner meeting with Kate McBride.

The speaker:
Kate McBride is from Tolarno Station, near Menindee in the Western Division of NSW. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Adelaide as well as being a Healthy River Ambassador. Kate is a strong advocate for the health of the Darling River and the Murray Darling Basin. She has strong views when it comes to water management and has done talks to schools and community events regarding the Darling River and Menindee lakes.

In 2017 Kate was elected by fellow landholders onto the Western Local Land Services (LLS) Board and is now the youngest board member since the organisation began. Since then Kate has also become chair of the Western Regional Weeds Committee.

Kate and her family were recently featured in an episode of Australian Stories on the ABC.

Date: Wednesday 3 July
Time & Venue: 7pm Edinburgh Hotel, Mitcham

RSVP: Glenn McDonald

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - Irrigation Water for Agriculture

Tue 02, Jul 2019 12PM to 1.30PM

Irrigation Water for Agriculture

This month’s speaker is Euan Friday, B Eco, Grad Dip App Fin, Chartered Accountant, Chief Investment Officer Kilter Rural. Euan has been working with Kilter Rural for eleven years to deliver investor returns through investments in Australia’s scarce water resources. Euan maintains a personal agricultural connection, operating a sheep grazing operation on the family property near Mansfield, Victoria. Prior to joining Kilter Rural, Euan worked for ten years in Corporate Finance roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Melbourne and Central Europe, then seven years with STA Travel, initially as CFO and then as Managing Director Aust/NZ.

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 04, Jun 2019 12 noon - 1.30pm AEST

Biological Control of Weeds & Invertebrate Pests

Dr Raelene Kwong, Senior Research Scientist, Invertebrate & Weed Sciences, Agriculture Victoria (Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions). She leads Victoria’s R&D programs on the biological control of weeds and invertebrate pests. She is the current President of the Weed Society of Victoria. After 15 years in the field of biological control, including a year in Darwin where she set up the Weed Warriors program, involving indigenous communities rearing Salvinia weevils. On her return studied and obtained her PhD through La Trobe University in 2016. Raelene’s presentation will provide an overview of the science behind biological control with emphasis on current research being undertaken by Agriculture Victoria.

Ag Institute Australia NSW General Meeting & Presentation Event

Tue 28, May 2019 5.30pm

Ag Institute Australia (AIA) and The University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture would like to announce a joint FREE event which will feature the AIA NSW General meeting followed by a range of presentations & a key note speaker. The event will be held at The Sydney University Institute of Agriculture, ATP Room 422 (Level 4), 1 Central Avenue, Australian Technology Park, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia at 5.30pm on Tuesday 28 May 2019.

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 07, May 2019 12pm - 1.30pm

Weather Forecasting

Our speaker Andrew Read joined the Bureau of Meteorology in 1986 and trained as a technical officer - forecaster in 1990 and then as a meteorologist in 1993. He has worked at East Sale Airport since. He has had two year postings to Sydney and Canberra Airports during that time. In 2014 he worked in Bermuda at the Airport for 12 months. He has since returned to work at East Sale as a lecturer. Over the course of his career his duties have included climate consultancy, lecturing, forecasting, managing, media liaison, briefings and several other duties.

Andrew's talk will cover the El Nino/Southern Oscillation Index (ENSO), Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) and how these affect climate conditions predominantly in Australia as well as the affects overseas. He will also touch briefly on the current seasonal outlook.

AIA TAS Irrigation Tour, National AGM & National Student Awards

Thu 18, Apr 2019 9.30am - 9.30pm

Join the Tasmanian division of the Ag Institute and Tasmanian Irrigation for a tour of the Meander Valley Irrigation Scheme in northern Tasmania. See how water from the mountains is delivered to farms, and how farmers in an area of 800-1200mm average rainfall use that water. The tour will be a car-pooling/networking experience with knowledgeable local ‘tour guides’ for our interstate visitors, including a gourmet lunch at Hazelbrae House.

Following the tour, the national student competition will begin at Entally Lodge. Outstanding agricultural science students representing their State will compete for the prestigious AEV Richardson Memorial Award by presenting their research and findings. Don’t miss this chance to see Australia’s upcoming generation of top agricultural scientists!

AIA QLD Reverse Networking: Bringing the Ag Industry to Students

Thu 11, Apr 2019 2.30pm - 5.30pm

The Ag Institute Australia (AIA) QLD Division invites you to an exciting event titled “Reverse Networking: Bringing the Ag Industry to Students”.

The event will be on Thursday 11 April 2019 at 2.30pm – 5.30pm.

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - [Webinar available]

Tue 02, Apr 2019 12pm - 1.30pm

Peter Cunningham, Wattle Seeds Australia grew up on a horticultural property (Citrus, Vines) in Sunraysia, NW Victoria and completed a B Agri Sci (1983) and M Agri Sci (1989) at Melbourne Uni. He then worked as a Research Agronomist and Plant Breeder at the DPI, Hamilton (1983-96). Following Theological studies (1997-99), Peter & his wife Sally worked in Rural Development amongst the Hausa and Fulani people with Simaid an NGO in Niger Republic, West Africa (2000-2010). Since 2010, Peter has been based at Tarrington, SW Vic and worked as a Project advisor/Consultant for Simaid and World Vision in Aust., Niger, Ghana, Senegal and Ethiopia. More recently he has specialised in Native food (esp. Wattle seed) production/consultancy and established “Wattle Seeds Australia” in 2018.

AIA WA Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum

Wed 20, Mar 2019 9:45am for a 10:00 am start — 1:30 pm

Ag Institute Australia (WA Division) and Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development proudly present the Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum followed by AIA (WA Division) general meeting

AIA Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 05, Mar 2019 from 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM AEDT

A hot and complex topic. Much has been spoken about renewables. Bill Lewis has collected a significant amount of information and will drive the presentation and discussion. This includes a large number of current illustrative videos that explain what is happening now, the immediate and long-term future. Various energy sources, technologies are being used around the world. The Grid, micro Grids, Load Management, capacity, batteries have been going through astronomical development. Computers, sensors etc are a major part of the innovation process. How they will interact in the grid, homes, factories, farms and communities including various modes of transport are just some of the innovations.

AIA Victorian Division Lunch Meeting - Webinar Available

Tue 05, Feb 2019 12.00pm till 1.30pm AEDT

The Reproductive Technology Revolution

Our speaker Dr Doug Killeen, BScAgr (Sydney), PhD (Sydney) began his working life with the NSW Department of Agriculture at Leeton Research Station, taking up a position in sheep research. In 1966 he returned to Sydney University to do a PhD in reproductive physiology. The 40 odd years after World War II saw a period of pioneering work in the development of artificial reproduction technologies in both animals and humans. These technologies are common place today, but before this they were restricted to the limited use of artificial insemination in cattle and sheep. Doug’s talk will show how this revolution happened and will highlight the prominent roles of Australian scientists and agricultural scientists in particular and his involvement.

AIA Victorian Division Lunch Meeting - Webinar Available

Tue 04, Dec 2018 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM AEST

Dr Jock Allison, B.Agr.Sc., M.Agr.Sc., Lincoln, PhD., Sydney 1970, ONZM, FNZIPIM is visiting from New Zealand. He was Director of AgResearch (Crown Research Institute) 1992 to 1999, the NZ Wool Board 2000 to 2003. Received an ONZM (Officer of the NZ Order of Merit,), 2000, Lincoln Bledisloe Medalist 2003.

Jock completed his PhD studies in reproductive physiology. Worked alongside Doug Killeen at the University’s property at Jerilderie. Returned to the Ministry of Agriculture Research Station at Invermay close to Dunedin in 1970. Became Regional Director of Agricultural Research for the Southern South Island for MAF in 1978, and during an 8 year tenure increased the number of scientists from 20 to 45, built new facilities and greatly increased the flow of information to the farming industry.

AIA SA Division Speaker and Networking Event and McColl Award presentation

Mon 19, Nov 2018 5pm - 7.30pm

Graham Page (Thomas Elder Consulting) and Dr John Evans (Thomas Elder Institute) will give short presentations. These will be followed by the announcement of, and presentation to, the winner of the 2018 Jim McColl Young Consultant Award.

AIA Victorian Division Lunch Meeting - Webinar available

Tue 13, Nov 2018 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM


Our speaker Dr Bob Redden will provide a comprehensive overview on the topic of GMO. The importance of GMO crops worldwide, history, development and commercialisation, diversity of crops & uses of the products including food safety.

AIA Tasmania Division & NRM North Field Day, Workshop & Dinner

Thu 04, Oct 2018 2pm - 9pm

Thursday 4 October 2018, 2.00 – 9.00pm, Brickendon Estate, World Heritage Site, 236 Wellington Street, Longford Tas 7301

AIA Victorian Division Lunch Meeting - Webinar Available

Tue 02, Oct 2018 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM

Graeme Smith (CPAg) is an expert in Protected Agriculture or Vertical Farms & PFAL will review the innovation in global urban farming.

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