Agri-Chat, is a series of industry panels produced by the Melbourne Royal Emerging Leaders. Each Agri-Chat aims to build on sharing knowledge and creating important conversations around specific areas of Agriculture. In particular, Agri-Chat aims to bridge awareness between regional and metropolitan areas in Victoria as well as highlight pathways for young professionals in Agriculture.

View upcoming Agri-Chat events and available recordings below.

Agri-Chat 3 | Life After Racing - 25 September 2022

Casey Bruce, Former Jockey/Owner of Chautauqua, Eden Stud Farm
Melissa Ware, GM Equine Welfare, Racing Victoria
JD Hayes, Head Trainer, Lindsay Park Racing

Time: 11:00am – 11:45am, Sunday 25th September 2022
Location: Port Phillip Room, Melbourne ShowgroundsRecording unavailable please contact us for more information.

Agri-Chat 2 | Pathways into Dairy: Raising Aspirations in Agriculture - 25 March 2022

The second AgriChat forum, Pathways into Dairy: Raising Aspirations in Agriculture took place at Farm World on Friday 25 March 2022

This AgriChat forum focused on a variety of topics relating to the future of agriculture, specifically around career pathways into the dairy industry.

About the panelists

Dr. Amy Cosby is a Research Fellow – Agri-tech Education and Extension at CQUniversity Australia with a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Laws (Hons 1) and a PhD in Precision Agriculture. She has been part of the AgLaw Centre in the past and during this time has had research input into a number of research programs over a range of topics including invasive species, food security managing conflict over natural resources and numerous agricultural policy issues.

Kristen Davis holds both Masters of Agricultural Sciences majoring in Animal Science and a Bachelor of Agriculture from the University of Melbourne. Kristen’s background is in herd improvement, previously providing solutions to farmers across Gippsland with a strong emphasis on analysis, interpretation and application of data. Her passion lies within animal performance and herd improvement, in particular reproduction and genetics. Through this, Kristen aims to improving productivity and profitability of farmers.

Patrick Anderson is a 6th generation Dairy Farmer. He is currently working as the assistant manager of a 350-head dairy farm in South West Victoria and is the co-operator of his own stud, Kings Veldt Genetics, where they specialize in dairy, sheep and working dogs breeding. As President of Gippsland Dairy Youth, Patrick is an advocate for the dairy industry, encouraging youth involvement and development and hopes to see the dairy industry thrive for many generations to come.

The panel will share insights and learnings from their professional journeys, whilst delving into the rapidly changing Dairy Industry; including career development and fresh ideas on how we tackle some of Australia’s and the world’s biggest challenges

The Webinar is available to view below.


Agri-Chat 1 | The Journey of AgTech: Breaking Barriers & Exploring Innovative Opportunities - 18 November 2022

The first Agri-Chat was hosted as a virtual event on Thursday 18 November 2022 from 7.30pm - 8.30pm, the eve of National Agriculture Day.

About the panellists

  • Simone Kain is the co-founder and author of award-winning educational brand, George the Farmer, which teaches children about farming practices along with how food and fibre is produced. This week the team released their 11th picture storybook with a focus on regenerative ag practices, ‘George the Farmer - The Island of Big Ideas' — as well as three brand new paddock to plate videos showcasing Northern Territory produce which can be found on YouTube and the ABC. 

  • Julia Waite is Head of Operations at SproutX and Program Director for SproutX Accelerator; Australia’s leading accelerator & venture capital fund for food and agtech startups.

  • Guy Coleman is a PhD student at the University of Sydney and Fulbright Future Scholar currently based at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. His research focusses on the interaction between artificial intelligence for weed recognition and plant morphology in large-scale production systems.

  • Kimberly Pellosis is a Precision Agronomist, Crawford Fund Scholar and Director for the Ag Institute of Australia (AIA). Kimi is geared towards the intersection of agriculture and environmental science, and is a passionate young leader in AgTech and carbon markets.

The panel share insights and learnings from their professional journeys, whilst delving into the rapidly evolving agri-tech sector; including the new technologies and fresh ideas on how we tackle some of Australia’s and the world’s biggest challenges.