The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-05-11T07:35:56Z Ag Institute Australia announces award recipients 2021-05-11T07:35:56Z ag-institute-australia-announces-award-recipients The AIA Medal of Agriculture recognises outstanding contributions that have advanced agriculture and natural resource management. Medal of Agriculture – Ian Godwin Professor Ian Godwin has over 30 years' experience in plant biotechnology research. Professor Godwin has worked closely with UQ in promoting membership with AIA for students and through his involvement in the Bell and Bryan Medal. He leads research in the use of biotechnological tools for crop improvement with emphasis on sustainable production of grain crops. He has pioneered the use of GM and gene edited techniques. Medal of Agriculture – Ram Dalal Prof Ram is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences at The University of Queensland. Professor Dalal has made an outstanding contribution to science, and to farming. He has helped to foster an awareness of the serious, insidious nature of land degradation and carbon loss through basic and applied soil research. He has been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 1998 for his contributions.   Fellows are pre-eminent members of the AIA. The Fellowship recognises AIA members who have served the Ag Institute and the profession. Fellow - Andrew Bishop Andrew was a Past President of the Ag Institute Australia and was heavily involved in developing and implementing our Accreditation program. Andrew Bishop has over 30 years’ experience working in agriculture (in particular, Plant Biosecurity) in the government sector in Tasmania and Victoria.   Fellow – Prof Daniel Tan Professor Daniel Tan of NSW. Daniel is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Sydney.  He has been an AIA member since 1991 and he has been an Ag board member since 2015 and headed numerous committees. Daniel is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture and Frontiers of Plant Science. And he presents papers internationally. Fellow - Shaun Coffey Shaun has been a long-term member of the Ag Institute and been the editor the Agricultural Science Journal. Shaun is an internationally recognised agricultural scientist and has had a long involvement with complex management systems, and with research and development. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering in 2004 and a Companion of the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand in 2008. He is also a Fellow of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management.   The Life membership award recognises long serving AIA members who have made an outstanding contribution to the Institute and the profession. These are given to members with 50 or more years of membership, or to retiring AIA Fellows who have provided substantial service to AIA and the agricultural industry. AIA Life membership – David Lloyd David Lloyd of QLD is an Order of Australia Medal recipient in 2001 as well as a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia and a Fellow of the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia.  David has been a continuous member of the Ag Institute since 1964 and he continues to serve in various committees. AIA Life membership – Ted Hayes Ted has been a longstanding Victorian member and was given the Order of Australia Medal for services to agricultural science and the community. Ted was the Ag Institute VIC Division Secretary from 1995 -2001 and a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 2002. AIA Life membership - Neil Inall Neil has served the Ag Institute and the agricultural community for many years.  Neil is a Fellow of the Ag Institute of Australia since 1992. Neil has had a long career in producing radio and television programs and he has continued to voluntarily serve the community on various Boards and committees.  *****************************************************************************************************************   The Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, known as Ag Institute Australia, is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. Ag Scientists support halving of emissions by 2050 2021-02-21T20:52:38Z ag-scientists-support-halving-of-emissions-by-2050 All major political parties in Australia have wrestled with this issue but debate recently hotted up when the Prime Minister posed an in-principle move toward the 50% by 2050 target. Institute Chair, Dr Turlough Guerin, warned that “agricultural exporters from Australia could be penalised through increased trade restrictions imposed by other countries if they saw our efforts to reduce emissions as inadequate”. The arguments made by the Institute were similar to those recently promoted by the National Farmers Federation. “We simply can’t afford not to do our bit to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases as they cause decline in rainfall in the world’s major food bowls, including Australia’s”, Dr Guerin said. Dr Guerin added that the recent suggestion that agriculture be exempted from efforts to reduce emissions was hard to justify. “As soon as one group is given an exemption, other stakeholders want one too”, he said, “leading to little action by any one”. “The best way to encourage action is to set a good example oneself”, the AIA Chair said. Australian agricultural scientists have recently developed a cheap, effective feed additive for reducing emissions of methane from cattle and sheep. “All we have to do now is work out how to get a feed additive into animals that graze extensively on large areas”, Dr Guerin concluded.   Ag Institute Australia is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. Ethics Masterclasses in Agriculture 2020-07-13T03:50:37Z ethics-masterclasses-in-agriculture Following the success of its earlier Ethics Masterclasses and recognising the importance of ethics in the industry professional grading, Ag Institute Australia is hosting two more online Ethics Masterclasses to cater for both Introductory and Advanced levels.  Introductory Masterclass Participants will explore the AIA's Code of Ethics and how it applies to their everyday work. Basic case studies will be discussed in groups. This is suitable for recent graduates, early career professionals, and those people working in agriculture that have not explored the topic of ethics previously. Advanced Masterclass Participants will explore the AIA's Code of Ethics in detail and work through complex case studies where ethical dilemmas are introduced, as well as examining breaches of the Code of Ethics. This will build upon the introductory masterclass. The Advanced class is suitable for professionals who are experienced, seeking to gain recognition and apply for Chartered Agriculturalist status.    Join us at 4pm-6pm AEST Introductory: Tuesday 11th August 2020 Advanced: Wednesday 19th August 2020 Participants receive a certificate and 10 CPD points toward their CPAg and CAg accreditation. MORE INFORMATION & REGISTER HERE   Ag Institute Australia is the peak industry body for agricultural and natural resource management professionals. Ag Institute Australia is committed to advancing the profession, and the application of science and technology, for the sustainable development of agriculture and natural resource management in Australia. Ag Institute Australia members are engaged in a wide range of activities including research, education, government, agribusiness and private consulting. Scholarship fund receives boost from Farm Institute Award 2019-10-15T10:06:51Z scholarship-fund-receives-boost-from-farm-institute-award The 2019 winner of a prestigious Australian Farm Institute competition has dedicated her award to the memory of a former colleague and donated the prizemoney to a scholarship in her name.   Jessica Ramsden, Corporate and Government Affairs Manager at Elanco Animal Health and PhD student at the Australian National University, was presented with the John Ralph Essay Competition prize at the AFI Roundtable event at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on October 15, 2019.   “Kristina was my mentor from the time I arrived at Elanco. She inspired excellence, integrity and purposeful collaborations, and was a thoughtful and generous friend.  She would have been so proud of this achievement.”   In the essay, Jessica explores the future for animal agriculture in Australia and the sector’s challenges including public perceptions about environmental costs, changing animal welfare expectations and the emergence of alternative proteins.    “I was really struck by how old some of these issues are, there is very little that’s new – from alarm about the ecological expense of meat to predictions about the rise of synthetic alternatives. This doesn’t suggest room for complacency, but helps to sharpen our sights on what exactly is different now, to be clear about why animal agriculture is worthy of a significant future, and to help us sort through the complexities of creating futures we can be proud of.”   The Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship honours the Clinical Research Manager at Elanco who passed away in November 2017 after a year-long battle with brain cancer. Kristina’s friends, family and colleagues have since raised over three quarters of the $140,000 target which will endow a perpetual scholarship for women leaders in the fields of agriculture, veterinary and animal sciences at The University of Sydney.    While there is gender parity at undergraduate level, only 16% of key management personnel are female and the overall proportion of women employed in agriculture actually declined in 2018, according to WGEA[1] data.   Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Animal Husbandry), Kristina was a passionate advocate for careers in animal health, research and agricultural science. Her work was instrumental in bringing to market innovative technologies and products for both livestock and companion animals.   An initiative which assists women who demonstrate collaborative leadership skills to succeed in management roles is an apt memorial for this quiet and purposeful friend, leader and colleague.   This prizemoney and a matched donation from the animal health industry peak body, Animal Medicines Australia, brings the balance required below $30,000.   Executive Director of Animal Medicines Australia Ben Stapley said the industry association was pleased to support the scholarship.   “Kristina’s contribution to the animal agriculture sector continues not only through those who knew and worked with her, but also through this scholarship which will help support leaders in the future.   “I extend my congratulations to Jessica for receiving this prestigious award and for her impressive contribution to our collective understanding of the positive future of animal agriculture.”   To donate to the Kristina Hacket Memorial Scholarship, visit The University of Sydney dedicated page at crowdfunding.sydney.edu.au/project/9117 [1] https://data.wgea.gov.au/industries/282#gender_comp_content