Agriminders (AUS)

Chris Russell explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. In each episode Agricultural Scientist Chris speaks with the key intellects, custodians or 'Agriminds' tasked with securing the future of our food and fibre production in Australia and discusses how Australian agricultural issues can also have a larger worldwide impact.

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Agriminders (AUS)

"Water, Water, Everywhere...." - Part 1

The trigger for 21st Century conflict may well be fresh water. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out what lessons we can learn from rivers shared between countries at war and how we can apply that to water management in Australia. This episode's Agriminder is Dr David Michel from the Transboundary Water Management Department of the Stockholm International Water Institute.
00:39:03 9/15/2018

Past Episodes

The tension between water used for agriculture, the water demands of the environment and the water needs of communities, has been the source of much debate and conflict going right back to Federation. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out who have been the winners and losers in our water policies of the last decade - or if it been actually been a "win-win"? The Agriminders in this episode are CEO of the National Irrigators' Council, Steve Whan and former CEO of Coleambally water, John Culleton.
00:44:06 9/15/2018
It took 95 years for the states to agree on a national water plan, the Murray-Darling Basin Plan. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not it has been successful. Our Agriminder in this episode is the Chair of The Murray-Darling Basin Authority, the Hon Neil Andrew MP.
00:31:15 9/15/2018
Energy miners Vs farmers Vs the environment. Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores the fears around mining and asks if coal and gas are really necessary to secure our agricultural future. Our Agriminders in this episode are leading global authority on Renewable Energy, Dr Sven Teske and the grazier leading the charge against coal seam gas mining in central NSW, David Chadwick.
00:47:30 9/15/2018
Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, John Anderson AO, explains to Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell why he believes the we can "have our cake and heat it too" when it comes to energy in Australia.
00:34:01 9/15/2018
Are perception and emotion over-riding fact when it comes to the realistic comfort, needs and rights of animals that are in our care for agricultural production? Australian animal production is at risk and Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell seeks to explore whether this industry would be an unnecessary loss or if it is in fact animal husbandry that is unacceptable. Our Agriminder in this episode is Executive Director of The Australian Farm Institute Michael Keogh OAM.
00:35:45 9/15/2018
Farm animals aren't pets.....or are they? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores whether or not the lines have become blurred between the expectations of people for their urban pets and the welfare needs of farm and production animals? Our Agriminder in this episode is RSPCA Senior Policy Officer Dr Jed Goodfellow.
00:41:03 9/15/2018
How do we entice the youth towards a future in Agriculture? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell finds out how Barker College in the North Shore of Sydney has been using different teaching methods and digital media to successfully change the perception of studying agriculture amongst its' students. Our Agriminders in this episode are Head of School at Barker College, Phillip Heath AM, and his Head of Agriculture, Scott Graham.
00:32:27 9/14/2018
With 4 jobs available to every agriculture graduate, Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell asks why Australia's oldest agriculture faculty has merged into obscurity by academic bureaucrats? Our Agriminder in this episode is the last Dean of Agriculture at Sydney University, now the current Director of the Sydney Institute of Agriculture, Professor Alex McBratney.
00:28:21 9/14/2018
What will the future of farming look like? Agricultural Scientist Chris Russell explores which technologies are transformational and which are merely distractive gadgets as we try to keep up with the information revolution. Our Agriminders in this episode are leading futurist and innovator, Mark Pesce and Associate Professor in Precision Agriculture, Brett Whelan.
00:43:16 9/14/2018
Chris Russell explores the critical issues affecting the next 50 years in Australian agriculture. In each episode Agricultural Scientist Chris speaks with the key intellects, custodians or 'Agriminds' tasked with securing the future of our food and fibre production in Australia and discusses how Australian agricultural issues can also have a larger worldwide impact. Agriminders - Coming this September to PodcastOne Australia
00:54:00 9/10/2018

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