AIEA News February 2019

The AGM of the AIEA was held last December and elected 10 board members. These board
members are:
Kerry Cochrane (President)
Kirsty Yeates (Secretary)
Meg Hoskins (Treasurer)
Elke Knebel (e-communications)
and six general members – Johannes Bauer, David Hardwick, Peter Ampt, Bruce Maynard, Corey Tatz & Danny Hunter.

We welcomed three new members to the board including Bruce Maynard, Corey Tatz and Danny Hunter. Details of each board member will be posted on our new website which is currently being built.

The next board meeting will be on Tuesday 5th February at 8pm.
Other activities of the board over the past few months include:

1. A highly successful organic tour itinerary designed by Peter Ampt and Greg Paynter to
show five Saudi Arabian agricultural scientists some examples of organic/ecological activity
in Queensland and NSW.

2. A grant application conducted in conjunction with Norfolk Island to facilitate an extensive
educational and extension program with the farmers on the island. Our thanks to Bruce
Maynard for taking charge of the program’s design.

3. Discussion have been held with Lorraine Gordon from Southern Cross University
regarding the formation of a Regenerative Agriculture Alliance. Lorraine is working hard on its formation and the AIEA are strongly supportive of it. Of particular interest is the creation
of a degree program in Regenerative Agriculture. Historically there has been some resistance
from the Tertiary Sector to such a notion as exemplified by the removal of the Bachelor of
Ecological Agricultural System from CSU some 4 years ago, and the shelving last year of the
proposed Bachelor of Agroecology by NSW TAFE. Hopefully, Southern Cross University
will take up the mantle, and given the location of a solid organic research program at SCU, it
may well be the best location for a degree program.

4. The finalisation of a Professional Accreditation Scheme for accrediting graduates and
farmers to work as consultants and extension officers in the field of regenerative (ecological)
agriculture. This will be discussed at the next Board meeting.

If there are stories you would like to see covered in the newsletter or farmers we should
interview about their farming routine please contact kcochrane@ecoag.org.au

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