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WA Division - Innovation in Agriculture – Opportunities and Constraints

Wed 19, Aug 2015 8.30am-5.30pm (followed by cocktails)

Venue: Pagoda Resort & Spa | 112 Melville Parade, Como

Forum Coordinator: Samantha Scott M: 0417 177 598 E:

Forum Committee Chair: Dr Michael Robertson, CSIRO M: 0417 721 510 E:

Registrations: Registrations will open soon.

The Forum precedes WA’s Dowerin Machinery Field Days.

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AIA 2015 National Conference

Wed 20, May 2015

Professionals Preparing for 2040 Agriculture

20-21 May 2015

Moda Events Portside
39 Hercules Street Hamilton Qld

Professionals Preparing for 2040 Agriculture A conference with a focus on the agricultural professionals who will be meeting the 2040 food and fibre challenges – productivity, profitability, people, and policy.

Ever considered what it will be like working as an agricultural professional in 25 years time?

We have heard a lot in recent times about the agricultural challenges relating to future production and supply demands. But what does this mean for the people leading, innovating and enabling these advancements?

This conference will address pertinent questions and topics that are essential for preparing professionals not only from an agronomy perspective, but also technology, policy, industry, business, professional development, leadership, and international considerations.

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AIA - TAS Division: Autumn Forum

Thu 23, Apr 2015

Ag Institute Australia (AIA), Tasmanian Division present
Autumn Forum

Thursday 23rd April 2015
Deloraine Community Complex

Export to Asia & the World: Opportunities for Tasmanian Agricultural Enterprises – Tips and stories from those who are doing it

DATE: Thursday 23rd April, 2015
TIME: 12.30pm AIA Tasmanian Division AGM
1.00 pm Forum registrations for 1.30pm start until 5.30 pm
To be followed by networking dinner between 5.30pm and 8.30pm

VENUE: Deloraine Community Centre, 2 Alveston Drive, Deloraine

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Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Presentations and Agribuzz Event

Tue 31, Mar 2015 6.30pm

Sydney Royal Easter Show

Excellence in Agriculture Day

In conjunction with Farm Writers Australia

Chris Russell Medal of Excellence
A prestigious State Award for undergraduate students who are completing their agriculture, natural resource management and/or animal science studies and are undertaking a research project as part of their studies. NSW Student finalists will be delivering presentations with Chris Russell presenting his insights into his vision of agriculture in to the future.

Farm Writers Agribuzz
Following the presentations guests will be invited to attend the Agribuzz event. Agribuzz is a great opportunity to hear from a guest speaker and network with other professionals in agriculture. For more details go to:

Tickets for the event will include entry to the Show, light refreshments to accompany the student presentations and entry to the Agribuzz event.

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Creating Opportunities in Consulting

Thu 05, Mar 2015

A workshop on growing and diversifying the business

Thurs 5th March 2015
SARDI Plant Research Centre,
Urrbrae, South Australia

Session 1: Business Planning Options, now and as you grow
Session 2: Diversifying the Business
Session 3: Project Work. How to Win Funds and Influence People
Session 4: Partnering - Making working with others successful and painless
Session 5: Advertising & Marketing Your Business

Who’s coming:
> Practising agricultural consultants and agronomists wishing to expand their services provided to existing and potential clients.
> Professionals engaged in the research, commercial and public agricultural sectors who are contemplating a career in consulting.

Ongoing development and networking with other professionals in the field are key steps towards building a successful business as a consultant.

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The Last Victorian Committee Luncheon Meeting For This Year

Tue 02, Dec 2014 12pm

Will be held on Tuesday 2nd December at The Elgin Inn, Burwood Road Hawthorn.
The agenda will deal with a Review of the current year, Next Year’s Program that includes Guest Speakers, and Other Issues of Importance to our members and potential ones.

Proceedings begin at 12 Noon and feel free to bring other interested individuals along.

Getting There:
Either by METRO train to Hawthorn Station or take a No. 75 Tram that originates in Flinders Street to Stop 26 at Hawthorn, The Elgin some 70 metres uphill on the same side.
You are only expected to pay for your own reasonably priced food and drink.

As Jim Hooper is overseas, please advise Bill Lewis if you are attending by email or mobile 0417 146 800.

AIA VIC: The Agrimaster Forum On Doubling Agricultural Output By 2030

Wed 19, Nov 2014


19 NOVEMBER 2014 |09:30am – 10:00pm | Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale VIC

Is the Victorian coalition government’s aim aspirational, heroic or wishful thinking?

What can Southern Australia do to increase output, productivity and profitability?

These questions will be answered at the AIA Agrimaster forum 2030 workshop. Held at the Melbourne Showgrounds on November 19th a mixture of industry leaders and rising agricultural professionals will examine the four major sectors; horticulture, grain, dairy and meat.

The event will also showcase the AIA National Student Award in which 6 state finalists will compete for the 2014 title.

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WA Division - Celebration Sundowner

Mon 03, Nov 2014 4.30pm

Please join in celebrating the achievements of two of our long-standing members.

Dr James Fisher FAIA was awarded a Fellowship of the Institute in May 2014. His talk is entitled "Knowing enough to be dangerous... in many areas". James will talk about being a generalist, thanking his many mentors and colleagues, talking about a career so far that has been one of applied research and teaching, most often integrating and trying to build on knowledge created by others.

Mr Mick Poole AM FAIA became a Member of the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List. His talk is entitled “Agricultural Innovation- a Three Legged Stool". Mick will look at a few key local innovations in WA agriculture over the last 50 or so years that he has had first-hand knowledge of, and for the last 10 minutes or so he might put the audience to work on something for the future based on what he has said.

These presentations will be followed by refreshments and snacks at 6.00 pm

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Agriculture on the Urban Fringe

Thu 25, Sep 2014 10am - 3.30pm

Want to know more about agriculture in the Sydney Basin?

The NSW Division of the Ag Institute conducted a successful event with NSW DPI discussing and learning more about peri-urban agriculture. This event at Ourimbah attracted thirty five people (students to retirees) from a diverse variety of backgrounds.

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WA AIA Spring Tour - Kojonup 2014

Fri 12, Sep 2014


If a unique exposure to some highly innovative rural businesses and entrepreneurs interests you, then the WA AIA Spring Tour - Kojonup 2014 is a must!

To be held over Frid 12th (pm) and Sat 13th September, the tour will include visits to: Tulips With a Difference, Beaufort River Meats, GD Pork, Katie Joy’s Free Range Eggs, Merinotech, mixed farms, the Kojonup Canola Crushing Plant, AIA Dinner at the Distillery, a 45 minute Steam Train ride through the Kojonup countryside, plus much more!

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NSW Farming Futures Conference

Mon 01, Sep 2014

The Farming Futures Conference and Career Fair held at the University of New England (UNE) in July 2014, brought together leading agricultural science and agribusiness associations for a day to meet graduates studying in the area and to discuss the challenges that concern the future of our farming industry.

NSW AIA was one of 27 stall-holders at the Farming Futures event this year, up from 12 stalls since its conception 3 years ago. New graduates were very interested in the broad area that Ag Institute covers, as the general atmosphere of the event was to break away from the existing silos, to develop networks across sectors and collaborate to overcoming the issues faced in this dynamic industry.

NSW AIA was successful in gaining 37 new members, with existing members coming to meet new graduates and discuss their areas of expertise. A take home message for the AIA was to allow the clusters of members (associated by locality) to connect and organise their own small networks, which would be of the greatest value for any AIA member young and old.

Young Professionals in Agriculture (YPIA)

Wed 04, Jun 2014

The Cellar Function Room, Townhouse Hotel, Wagga

"Global Agricultural Perspectives - the Nuffield Experience"
Hear about the unique experiences of local Nuffield Scholars and how they have applied this learning and insight to their own businesses.
Drinks and canapés provided

Responding To Change - A Workshop on Leading and Learning for Consultants and Farm Groups

Wed 26, Mar 2014

Bungaree Station, Clare, South Australia
Public Good Extension - Who Pays?
The model of agriculture extension in Australia is changing and Ag Institute Australia needs to a leading player in how it evolves, advocating on behalf of our members.

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