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Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 03, Dec 2019 12.00 PM to 1.30 PM AEDST

Pasture Production Opportunities

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 12, Nov 2019 12 noon - 1.30pm AEST

Plastics role in food security: balancing environmental concerns

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 01, Oct 2019 12 noon - 1.30pm AEST

Dairy Industry - the current state of play

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 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.

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.

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 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 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 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.


Wed 12, Sep 2018 8:45am

Perennial Pasture Systems is holding its annual conference PPS 10 years on, looking forward and moving back tomorrow (12th September) in Ararat (Victoria).

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 04, Sep 2018 12.00pm - 1.30pm

This month’s Lunch will feature Will Dalton, Manager (Food and Fibre Sector Policy), Agriculture Victoria. He will give an overview of Agricultural Production in Victoria. It will include a discussion on the opportunities for value adding both current and the future. This will include facts and statistics on export and domestic outlets for this produce plus information on the future direction on new and emerging technologies, their suitability and adoption. He will advise on the programs, systems and processes that the State of Victoria has in position to assist.

AIA Victorian Ag Professionals Event

Thu 05, Jul 2018 6:30pm - 8:30pm

An Ag Professionals event is planned as a mid-semester function for current and prospective students and early career members. Student membership consists of students from Charles Sturt University, University of New England, La Trobe University, Monash University and The University of Melbourne, with their residential address being in Victoria. The purpose of the evening is to provide a venue where current, prospective students and early career members can mingle, exchange ideas and generally get to know each other. The function will be a casual evening providing the opportunity to network and share experiences with other members.

AIA Victorian Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 03, Jul 2018 12.00 PM - 1.30 PM

Venue, Elgin Inn Hotel, 75 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, 1st Floor. W: Please purchase your food and drink requirements downstairs then head upstairs. RSVP: Friday 29 June. Webinar available. Contact Bill Lewis: M 0417 146 800, Text or E

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 05, Jun 2018 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM

Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - Tuesday 5 June 18

Beef Cattle Twinning

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Victoria Division Lunch Meeting

Tue 01, May 2018 12pm - 1:30pm

Ag & Vet Research - what's in the pipeline

The AIA has a number of talented members undertaking PhD's at Agriculture Victoria / La Trobe University in the AgriBio building. This next Lunch will feature short talks on the new directions and techniques in research and some of the projects being undertaken.

AIA VIC Division Lunch - April 2018

Tue 03, Apr 2018 12.00pm to 1.30pm

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AIA VIC Division Lunch

Tue 06, Mar 2018 11.30am to 1.30pm

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AIA VIC Division Lunch

Tue 05, Dec 2017 12.00pm to 1.30pm

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Victoria Division Lunch - Tuesday 14 November 2017

Tue 14, Nov 2017 12:00pm

Dairying - Where at, Where to?”, is the topic that will be investigated by Kevin Maher, B Agr Sc, Melb Uni, 1960. He worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer, Victorian Department of Agriculture then consulted with J. P. Makeham & Associates.

AIA Divisional Engagement Networking Event - “sharing experiences in agriculture”

Mon 13, Nov 2017 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The Ag Institute Australia (AIA) board would like to invite you to attend the following networking event to coincide with the Divisional Engagement Board meetings in Carlton, Victoria.

Victoria Division Lunch - Tuesday 5 September 2017

Tue 05, Sep 2017 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Victoria Division September luncheon, is highlighted by Prof. Alan Trounson speaking about Nuclear Transfer in farm animals.

Victoria Division Lunch - Tuesday 1st August 2017

Tue 01, Aug 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm

The talk titled Application of sensor technologies to improve productivity and welfare of livestock will be provided by Dr Markandeya (Mark) Jois, BVSc., MVSc., PhD, Senior Lecturer, School of Life Sciences, La Trobe University

AIA Victoria Division Lunch: Better Livelihood Outcomes for Rural Villagers in Lao PDR

Tue 04, Jul 2017 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Dr John Allen BVSc MBA PhD, Program Leader - Regional Program, CSIRO - Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Geelong Vic., will explain his research that achieved improved pig production, cross border market access; and reduced impact from pig associated zoonotic diseases - using One Health System Approach

Beneficial Microbes in Agriculture Talk at National Hotel Complex, 182/186 High St, Bendigo

Wed 21, Jun 2017 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. Presentation & Q&A

The talk will cover a range of microbes used in current agricultural systems. Learn about rhizobium bacteria that convert nitrogen from the air into plant available nitrogen. Learn how these microbes are mass produced and then added back on to legume crops such as fababeans, lentils, vetch, field pea, chickpeas and lupins.

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