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EARLY BIRD RATES EXTENDED FOR AIA NATIONAL CONFERENCE!

Tue 23, Oct 2018
Great news everyone! To celebrate having finalised the program for Brave New World – Ag to 2030 (exciting!), the early bird rate deadline has been extended! more …

VICTORIA DIVISION LUNCH MEETING TO FOCUS ON GMO CROPS

Tue 23, Oct 2018
Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - Tuesday 13th November from 12pm – 1:30pm (webinar available).

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NEW EDITION OF THE AGRICULTURAL SCIENCE JOURNAL OUT NOW!

Tue 23, Oct 2018
The latest Agricultural Science Journal has been published for your viewing pleasure! It includes some great content, including;

• Action Plan for agriculture to meet challenges of climate change
• Should Australia be helping South East Asian countries become more self-sufficient in fresh milk?
• The Practice of Agricultural Science and Innovation
• Climate Change: Agriculture’s adaption and resilience to climatic change and variability.
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AIA DIRECTOR HOSTS CAMBODIAN VISITOR IN SYDNEY

Tue 16, Oct 2018
AIA Director Daniel Tan hosted a visit to the University of Sydney by Her Excellency, Em Totim, the Rector of the University of Battambang, Cambodia on the 15th October. more …

WORKSHOP ON DRONES & SATELLITES IN AG A SUCCESS!

Wed 10, Oct 2018
This great workshop was jointly hosted by the Ag Institute Australia Tasmanian Division and NRM North at Brickendon Estate, near Longford in northern Tasmania. more …

AIA FELLOW LAUNCHES AG PODCAST

Wed 10, Oct 2018
Ag Institute Fellow Chris Russell has launched a new podcast called ‘Agriminders’, in which he explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. more …

POSITIONING AIA TO SUPPORT REGIONAL AUSTRALIA

Tue 02, Oct 2018
Regional Australia has been the engine room of the economy with around 30 per cent of our annual GDP generated here. Rural and regional Australia is home to high quality food, fibre and resources, some of the highest quality in the world, and these make up more than 60 per cent of the goods Australia sells on the global market. Most of our iconic tourist attractions are in regional Australia and 43 cents out of every dollar spent by a tourist in Australia goes to a regional business. Governments recognise the importance of the regions and are positioning resources in support of their development in specific ways (https://bit.ly/2rPNOXx). more …

THE AG INSTITUTE – TO 2030 AND BEYOND…

Tue 25, Sep 2018
Since taking on the role of Chair, I have been considering how the Ag Institute is viewed by professionals working in Australian agriculture and what they see as our contribution to the sector. I have also been reflecting on why members keep loyal to the organisation and what will keep us in business in 2030 and beyond. The questions that our organisation, and the board, need to be asking about our relevance to the sector are:

* Why will we have members and what will keep them paying their subscriptions?

* How will the organisation be supporting our members?

* What will our offering be relative to other associations, professional bodies and organisations? more …

AG INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES TWO NEW FELLOWS!

Tue 25, Sep 2018
AIA is very pleased to announce two new Fellows, who have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to our organisation, and to the industry more generally.
David Hamilton has made an outstanding contribution to advancing Australian agriculture for some 40 years. Early in his career with Queensland Department of Primary Industries, he assisted in the establishment of the fledgling cotton industry, with an approach to crop health that has developed into integrated crop management. His extension skills were instrumental in motivating farmers to more carefully monitor crop growth, and irrigation scheduling, in conjunction with crop pest activity to improve productivity. David also led the “WHEATMAN” project, which, with a team across the wheat production regions of Queensland, saw the first foray into computer-based decision making for producers.
David has had important leadership roles with the Queensland Department, ultimately as General Manager, Plant Science. He has also served agriculture with distinction with appointments to the Cotton R&D Corporation Board, the boards of the Cotton CRCs, the GRDC Northern Panel and the boards of Emerald and Dalby Agricultural Colleges. Through these roles, he has been instrumental in shaping policy to improve agricultural productivity and sustainability.
David has been an enthusiastic supporter of AIA throughout his career with various state leadership roles, culminating as Chair of AIA. In that role he focussed on restoring financial stability, communication between Divisions, restoring professional accreditation and enhancing the influence of AIA through advocacy and policy.
In recognition of David Hamilton’s contribution to agriculture, both in the field and through senior policy roles, to his profession, and to the Institute, the Ag Institute of Australia is pleased to enrol him as a Fellow.
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CHARTERED SCHEME AND NATIONAL CONFERENCE THE FOCUS FOR BOARD

Wed 19, Sep 2018
After each of our meetings, the AIA Board reports a communique for members only. This is available via your login on the Ag Institute homepage.

I encourage members to login and checkout the recent communiques. When you do, you note that we have been focussing considerable effort on progressing the Chartered Scheme. This month we will be publishing the Chartered Handbook which will explain the Scheme and allow you to register your interest.
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AIA NSW DIVISION HOSTS CHINESE DELEGATION

Tue 18, Sep 2018
The AIA NSW Division recently hosted a six-person delegation from China’s Ningxia Province, located in central China. It is a rather dry region with the Yellow River flowing through it. Main cropping products are wolfberries and corn, and the dominate grazing animals are sheep and goats. Ningxia’s wine industry is set for a boom, in particular in the eastern base of the Helan Mountains, with reports that some 8,000 hectares have been allocated for future wine grape production in that region.  more …

VICTORIA DIVISION LUNCH MEETING TO FOCUS ON GLOBAL URBAN FARMING

Tue 18, Sep 2018
Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - Tuesday 2nd Oct from 12pm to 1.30pm [Webinar available]

Graeme Smith (CPAg), an expert in Protected Agriculture or Vertical Farms & PFAL will review the innovation in global urban farming.
These systems could deliver a ‘perfect’ blueprint for growth that includes light (intensity, length, spectra), climate (temp, rH, HD, CO2, air) with reduced labour, pests & diseases.  
Will consumers order online?
How disruptive can this technology become? 
Will these multi-layered vertical farms in a climate controlled ‘box’ under optimised 24-hour plant growth be the future?   more …

DISRUPTION IS ALREADY HAPPENING IN AUSTRALIAN AGRICULTURE

Tue 11, Sep 2018
To think that agriculture will somehow escape the disruptive changes sweeping through numerous industry sectors is of course an unreasonable idea. In fact, disruption is already upon us in Australian agriculture. Each week we hear of new technologies and concepts that are being announced, many of which have come from outside the agricultural and natural resource management sector. more …

WIN FLIGHTS, ACCOMODAITON, FULL CONFERENCE PACKAGE AND MORE

Tue 11, Sep 2018
The Ag Institute Australia is giving members the chance to win flights, accommodation and full conference package (including Welcome Reception, Brave Breakfast and Conference Dinner) for the Brave New World: Ag to 2030 Conference on 28-30th November this year. Simply sign up the most new members by October 31st and win! more …

WORKSHOP: MORE THAN THE EYE CAN SEE – DRONES AND SATELLITES IN AGRICULTURE!

Tue 11, Sep 2018
Join us for a networking dinner, drinks and interactive presentations on practical uses of drones and satellites in modern agriculture. Hear from commercial operators and a Tasmanian farmer who’s already used the tech and made it pay. more …

AIA MEMBERSHIP ON OFFER FOR YOUNG SA CONSULTANTS

Tue 11, Sep 2018
Applications are closing soon for the Jim McColl AIA Young Consultant Award, which recognises the achievements of young consultants. more …

ENERGY POLICY ESSENTIAL TO MANAGING LOWER PRODUCTIVITY, RISING COSTS

Thu 06, Sep 2018
A combination of poor energy productivity and high energy prices is resulting in decreased agricultural productivity in Australia, according to the latest Policy Statement from Ag Institute Australia (AIA). more …

AIA POLICY OUTLINES SOUND ENERGY MANAGEMENT FOR AG SECTOR

Tue 04, Sep 2018
You may have noticed that the AIA has recently published an Energy Policy. This is now available on our website here.

The cost of inputs for Australian agricultural production are rising. This increasing cost base, which includes various sources of energy, including electricity, gas, and liquid fuels, is contributing to the reduction in our agricultural productivity. Energy management, including its generation, purchase, and on-site use, are important issues for primary producers and the agricultural sector more broadly, including product processing and further into the supply chain including food manufacturing. While energy is only one input into the farming sector, it impacts every producer.
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AIA CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL SCHEME DISCUSSED AT INDUSTRY MEETING

Tue 04, Sep 2018
The Australian Society of Animal Production (ASAP) organised a Societies Planning & Strategic meeting on 30th August at Mary Mackillop Place, North Sydney to share commonalities and work out collaborative opportunities.

Dr Daniel Tan represented Ag Institute Australia, with other organisations present including the Australian Association of Ruminant Nutrition (AARN), Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) and Australian Chicken Meat Federation (ACMF). more …

WORKSHOP: MORE THAN THE EYE CAN SEE – DRONES AND SATELLITES IN AGRICULTURE!

Tue 04, Sep 2018
Join us for a networking dinner, drinks and interactive presentations on practical uses of drones and satellites in modern agriculture. Hear from commercial operators and a Tasmanian farmer who’s already used the tech and made it pay. more …

CCA WORKSHOP ON INTEGRATED PEST AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Tue 04, Sep 2018
Crop Consultants Australia (CCA) is holding a regional workshop in Griffith this Thursday (6th September), enabling participants to get together at a more local level to discuss issues and events impacting on them and their industry. more …

Brave New World – Ag to 2030 to Tackle Big Issues Including Drought

Tue 28, Aug 2018
Last week I travelled through the eastern and northern Riverina. I spent the day in Temora, where I grew up, and met and spoke with many folks who were working across the rural sector.

While I have seen drier times in this area, it was evident that the drought continues to have an impact in this farming area. What always amazes me is the resilience of local rural and farming communities and how they adapt to the conditions that they have to face, which includes drought.
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REGISTRATIONS DUE FOR AIA AG-TECH EVENT IN NARRABRI!

Tue 28, Aug 2018
The 'Technology for the Northern Growing Region: Where are we now?’ event is on next week – Tuesday 4th September – and registrations are due by COB tomorrow – Wednesday 29th August.

The first in a planned series of North West AIA networking and information events brings together leaders in the ag-tech business and research space to discuss the current applications and availability of the latest technology and how it may improve your business and decision making.
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DISCUSS VALUE-ADDING IN VICTORIAN AG SECTOR OVER LUNCH

Tue 28, Aug 2018
Victoria Division Lunch Meeting - Tuesday 4th September from 12.00 PM till 1.30 PM

This month’s Lunch will feature Will Dalton, Manager (Food and Fibre Sector Policy), Agriculture Victoria, giving an overview of agricultural production in Victoria. It will include a discussion on the opportunities for value adding now and into the future. This will include 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.
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SAVE THE DATE! 4TH OCTOBER – AIA DRONE WORKSHOP

Tue 28, Aug 2018
This is advance notice of an exciting workshop jointly hosted by the AIA Tasmanian Division and NRM North on the practical uses of drones and satellites in modern agriculture.

Join us for an afternoon and evening of learning and practicing technology in agriculture. The program includes
• Interactive presentations and practical demonstrations in the afternoon by commercial operators of drones and satellite images in Tasmania
• Networking and a dinner with guest speaker.
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THE PROCESS FOR ACHIEVING CHARTERED MEMBERSHIP

Tue 14, Aug 2018
We have been seeking feedback to further shape the design of the Chartered scheme and to make CPAg more workable. The CPAg and Chartered schemes have been developed for the benefit of Members and for enhancing the sector more broadly, and your input is key to this. more …

WEBINAR TO EXPLORE THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL AGRICULTURE

Tue 14, Aug 2018
As part of National Science Week, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Soil Scientist Dr Marcus Hardie will host a webinar exploring the future of digital agriculture.
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SAVE THE DATE! 4th OCTOBER – AIA DRONE WORKSHOP

Tue 14, Aug 2018
This is advance notice of an exciting workshop jointly hosted by the AIA Tasmanian Division and NRM North on the practical uses of drones and satellites in modern agriculture more …

REGISTER NOW FOR AIA AG-TECH EVENT IN NARRABRI!

Tue 14, Aug 2018
Exciting additional speakers have been added to the program for 'Technology for the Northern Growing Region: Where are we now?’,including three leading, innovative farmers from WA. more …

RECORD EXPORTS FOR AUSTRALIA IN 2017/18

Tue 14, Aug 2018
Australia's total goods and services exports have reached a record $401 billion for the first time, bolstered by strong export growth to China. more …

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