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Gas: Does agriculture have a role to play in its future?

Tue 13, Apr 2021
Agriculture could be part of the solution for meeting our nation’s future energy needs through bioenergy, in particular, to meet the nation’s need for gas. more …

The Jim McColl AIA Young Consultant Award

Tue 30, Mar 2021
Dr Jim McColl, who passed away in 2013, was one of the early pioneers of the private farm consulting movement. He specialised in a whole of farm approach, including business aspects and was highly regarded by clients and colleagues. more …

From the Chair

Tue 30, Mar 2021
With the AIA annual general meeting coming soon, I thought it was timely to remind our members that there will be opportunities for you to make contributions to the National Board, as well as to your Divisional Committees. more …

From the Director - Ag enrolments up

Tue 16, Mar 2021
Across Australia in 2021, there has been a mini-boom in agricultural science enrolments in universities; ranging from five to 100 per cent increase in student numbers at various institutions. more …

Women in Ag Science – what you told us

Tue 16, Mar 2021
Our last edition of The Alert came just ahead of International Women’s Day, which prompted us to ask some questions about women in ag science careers. more …

2021 Chris Russell Medal of Excellence

Mon 15, Mar 2021
On Thursday 11 March, The University of Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Faculty of Science, kindly hosted the Chris Russell Medal of Excellence. This prestigious annual event was sponsored by Auscott Limited and Environmental Earth Sciences International (EESI). more …

AIA Chris Russell Medal of Excellence Lecture

Tue 09, Mar 2021
The NSW Division of the Ag Institute Australia invites you to hear from NSW’s young researchers. This will be the NSW Division’s first event for 2021, so this is an excellent opportunity to celebrate excellent young researchers and join a vibrant industry networking event.
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Are you making a difference on International Women’s Day?

Mon 01, Mar 2021
If you say you care about gender balance in your business but you don’t have 50% female representation in your succession plan, do you really care? more …

Food and farming can lead change on skin cancer

Tue 16, Feb 2021
A new ebook called Agroecology Now argues for bottom up food governance. The latest episode of podcast Agri Futures on Air explores the power of AI. And there are calls for calls for Australian farming and food manufacturing businesses to take leading role in skin cancer testing as cases continue to rise. more …

From the Chair: Opportunities for Australian agriculture from the Paris Agreement

Mon 15, Feb 2021
Late last year, ABARES releases its Insights Issue Paper No. 10 (https://www.agriculture.gov.au/abares/products/insights). It highlighted the opportunities that Australia agriculture has as global contributor to food and fibre production in a world where net zero greenhouse gas emissions will become the norm, which is the purpose of the Paris Agreement. This column draws upon the insights from that report more …

From the Director: Recognising outstanding achievement

Tue 02, Feb 2021
Outstanding achievement in agriculture should be recognised – the Ag Institute Australia recognises outstanding, specific contributions to the advancement of agriculture by giving awards to deserving recipients. more …

Stepping up to move the industry forward

Tue 02, Feb 2021
Our industry relies not only on the hard work of those on the frontlines of agriculture, but also those who help advance that work through involvement in industry bodies. more …

From the Director: What is a Professional?

Tue 19, Jan 2021
My children have asked me this question, “Dad, what is a professional? Is an agricultural scientist a professional?” Many professions require a licence to practice. Think medicine (Medical Board), engineering (RPEng) and accounting (e.g. CPA, CA). The professional development programs (CAg and CPAg) provided by the Ag Institute are voluntary but offer similar benefits, as licensing programs help protect the public’s interest. more …

Annual Reflections on the AIA in 2020

Tue 12, Jan 2021
While 2020 was a disruptive year for our Members, it was also a year in which we as a board and as an organisation have achieved a great deal. more …

Nine years to achieve the National Farmers Federation’s goal of $100Bn in farmgate output by 2030

Tue 15, Dec 2020
Nine years to achieve the National Farmers Federation’s goal of $100Bn in farmgate output by 2030. Nine years for us, the members and supporters of the AIA, to build our capability to support a $100Bn a year industry. What skills and expertise will be needed over the next nine years? How will we even build and support an industry that big with so many risks and uncertainties? Science is robust, but it is a slow learner. So what must our leaders and scientists learn in nine years above and beyond the needs to good scientific literacy? more …

Ag Institute: Annual Strategy Review

Tue 08, Dec 2020
The Board met in September for its annual strategy review and, as has so often been the case this year, undertook the whole exercise via zoom. The zoom platform does force an element of discipline, focus and brevity, proving Parkinson’s Law, that work expands to fill the time available for its completion. more …

Design is not just for architects

Tue 01, Dec 2020
If you are working in the extension of new techniques, varieties across an industry sector, you can use it there too. more …

Tas students shine in awards program

Tue 01, Dec 2020
Encouraging the next generation of agri-sector thinkers, doers and leaders is a critical part of the Ag Institute’s role. Our Tasmanian division has an annual appointment to judge Honours Student final presentations at the TIA/University of Tasmania. more …

2020 Tas Division Ag Student Awards

Wed 25, Nov 2020
Read on to find out about the Tas Division Ag Student Award winners more …

Winners of the 2020 AgriEducate Essay Competition – Science Category

Wed 25, Nov 2020
Read on to find out about the winners of the AgriEducate Essay Competition – Science Category more …

Guest Editorial - Keeping Flexible - By Scott McKinnon

Tue 24, Nov 2020
The diverse membership, breadth of industry and National coverage of the Ag Institute was one of the key features that drew me to join. more …

Join us on Ag Day

Tue 17, Nov 2020
National Ag Day 2020 will be held on 20 November. more …

Make a difference – nominate for a committee or board position

Tue 17, Nov 2020
The Ag Institute is committed to positioning the importance of strong ag science and to supporting and recognising those in our sector. There is an ongoing invitation for members and other professionals to join us as co-opted members onto our various board committees. These opportunities include the: more …

HIAM Health

Tue 17, Nov 2020
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National AgDay 2020

Tue 10, Nov 2020
See the Chairs report here more …

Technology adoption and innovation: Yes, but What About the Human Impact?

Tue 03, Nov 2020
I have been reflecting on what the rapid pace of tech development means for professionals in agriculture. Specifically, what does it mean for executives and managers who need to deal with the impacts of technology on employees, on client users (farmers and land managers), as well as business owners and investors? more …

Ag Institute Wicked Challenge - National Agriculture Day 2020

Wed 28, Oct 2020
What is one thing Agricultural Institute Australia can do to propel agriculture to meet the $100bn target? more …

Urban agriculture is expanding - but not because we are running short of food

Tue 20, Oct 2020
From the AIA Chair, Dr Turlough Guerin more …

Agriculture’s Role in the Low Emissions Technology Statement

Tue 06, Oct 2020
The Commonwealth Government released a report on how it proposes to address carbon emissions titled 'Technology Investment Roadmap: First Low Emissions Technology Statement 2020'. more …

What have we done to the rain?

Tue 06, Oct 2020
Following on from the recent Queensland division’s webinar on climate science and agriculture, John Montgomery explains that according to an Australian specialist, unless we get emissions of greenhouse gases under control, we will lose another 20% of our rainfall by the end of this century. more …

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