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    NSW - Excellence in Agriculture Day


    Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Award & Hot Topic Debate

    Excellence in Agriculture Day

    Sydney Royal Easter Show


    Tuesday 15th April, 2014

    11.00am – 4.00pm

    Sydney Royal Easter Show
    Sydney Showground

    Sydney Olympic Park

    A unique event showcasing outstanding student research projects, combined with the Hot Topic Debate and an excellent industry networking opportunity.


    The AIA NSW Division is excited to announce that the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Award will be announced as part of Excellence in Agriculture Day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. 


    About the Award

    The Chris Russell Medal of Excellence aims to showcase the best agricultural science research projects from the leading universities of NSW.  At this event, the finalists will be presenting their work to attendees and the effectiveness of their presentation will determine the final 50% of their competition score.  The winner of the AIA NSW Division award will be invited to compete at the AIA National student award.   Details of the three finalists can be found on page 2.

    Your ticket to this event includes:

    • Entry ticket to the Sydney Royal Easter Show valued at $35.00 (Applicable for the $95 ticket price.  The $75 ticket price is for those who are already an RAS Member and therefore will not require a ticket into the show)
    • Final student award presentations and announcement of the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence.   Held in the Somerville room in the Fresh Food Dome, arrival tea & coffee and a light lunch will be served overlooking the impressive District Exhibits.
    • VIP entry to the RAS of NSW Hot Topic Debate with priority seating. To be held on the Cattle Lawn the debate topic this year is: ‘Is Foreign Ownership Essential to Australia’s Farming Future?’.  More information is on page 2.
    • Networking cocktail reception with Hot Topic Debate speakers, attendees & RAS Councillors on the Sky Deck overlooking the Main Arena.  This is also the best seat in the house for the Grand Parade that day.  



    Student Award Finalists


    Lucinda Frizell

    Rural Science, University of New England
    Research Project: The challenges of managing root-lesion nematode (P. thornei) in the northern grains region of Australia.


    James Murray

    Agriculture and Environment, The University of Sydney
    Research Project: Biochar stability in contrasting soils

    Andrew O’Carrigan

    Horticultural Science, University of Western Sydney
    Research Project: Light irradiance and spectrum regulate physiological response through the fine tuning of stomatal dynamics in tomato


    Hot Topic Debate


    The RAS of NSW Hot Topic Debate, ‘Is Foreign Ownership Essential to Australia’s Farming Future?’ will feature the following speakers:


    Mick Keogh, Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute

    Senator The Hon. Bill Heffernan

    Georgie Aley, Chair, Future Farmers Network

    Richard Rains, CEO, Sanger Australia

    Vern Graham, Group Editor, Fairfax Agricultural Media


    Your ticket to this event includes priority seating at the debate and a post debate cocktail reception on the Skydeck overlooking the main arena.


    AIA Member (who has an existing RAS Membership):          $75.00

    AIA Member (who is not an existing RAS Member):                $95.00

    Non AIA Member:                                                                   $110.00



    To purchase tickets, please register online at .  Prices include GST.


    To view the event flyer, please click here.


    Note: The $75 ticket is for AIA Members who also have an RAS membership as RAS membership includes unlimited entry to the show.

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