Farm Table Team
Ellie Hays Agricultural Analyst/Consultant
Ellie was born and bred in Queensland. Since graduating from school Ellie ventured to Kununurra to work on a cattle station “Carlton Hill” formerly operated by Consolidated Pastoral Company. She then went contract mustering around the gulf of Queensland for two years followed by working in a feedlot near Roma. Ellie’s passion for the Agricultural industry continued to grow after being involved in her family business and also working on various properties. This led her to study a Bachelor of Business in Agriculture at Marcus Oldham College and further her knowledge in this industry.
After completing her tertiary education Ellie obtained an overseer position for an artificial breeding donor centre located in Holbrook. Now, Ellie lives on her partner’s family sheep property based near Deniliquin.
With experience in Agribusiness and currently undergoing more study, Ellie is looking forward to starting her own bookkeeping business whilst helping on her partner’s farm.
Interested in working with Farm Table? We are always on the look out for passionate and driven agvocates across the country to help us build the platform, create content and generate new ideas. Contract roles, part time, flexible and remote positions available Please email email@example.com if that sounds like you!
We are also working with a range of wonderful students at La Trobe University who are curently completing their Undergraduate or Postgraduate study. They are helping to build content in our AgLibrary in order to make agriculture research accessible whilst expanding their writing, communication and research skills.
Work experience with Farm Table enables agricultural students to gain experience in scientific communication, outreach and research extension.
Interested in learning more or getting involved?
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Nickala Best PhD Student (La Trobe University)
Nickala is a final year PhD student at La Trobe University, who's project has involved the development and deployment of a technology called LAMP, for the detection of Dichelobacter nodosus, the bacteria causing footrot in sheep. Nickala split time growing up between Koo Wee Rup and Euroa, before moving to Melbourne for her studies.
After completing her Bachelor of Science (Biochemsitry and Chemistry), majoring in Biotechnology and Advanced Chemistry at Swinburne University in 2014, Nickala moved on to La Trobe University in the Beddoe Laboratory to start honours in 2015. Here she started work on validating new molecular diagnostics for footrot. After completing honours, Nickala began her PhD mid 2016.
Nickala is a published author, with 4 first author articles, and has won various scholarships and awards, such as the Rural Finance Postgraduate Scholarship in 2016. In addition to her experience in agriculture and livestock disease, Nickala has also worked in cancer research, contributing to multiple articles in this field.
There have been multiple media articles on Nickala's research, and she hopes to continue having a positive impact on Agriculture.
Luke Stafford Bachelor of Biological Sciences with Honours - Botany and Genetics Majors (La Trobe University)
Returning to study in his late twenties after suffering life-threatening encephalitis, Luke completed a dual diploma in the fields of sustainability and conservation / land management where he was able to achieve distinctions in both qualifications.
Inspired to follow his passion for environment, health and food security, Luke is a botanist, geneticist, biologist seeking to make industry connections to assist him through his Honours year (2019).
Luke has research and lab experience and has gained exposure to the medicinal cannabis sector as well as primary agricultural industry research and development.
With experience in biotechnology as well as plant pest and pathogen resistance Luke seeks to contribute in finding sustainable solutions for our food and fiber sector.
Mia Courtney Agricultural Sciences Student (La Trobe University)
Mia has spent a decade working and travelling as a chef, appreciating wonderful produce from all around the world. Her focus has now shifted to learning how we can continue to grow these delicious products in our changing environment.
Mia is also a keen fisherwoman with a growing interest in aquaculture and aquaponics and would love to see this industry grow.
Jeremy Murphy Agricultural Sciences Student (La Trobe University)
Having grown up in a rural town that emphasised trade and farming careers, I found that there was little encouragement to study science at university. As young as I can remember I had an interest in the sciences. This curiosity, paired with the community of Bacchus Marsh, established my interest in agricultural sciences. First studying agricultural sciences, I found the focus was too animal driven and therefore switched to studying botany; now in my third and last year of this degree.
Also having grown up in the age of the Internet I always have had access to sites such as YouTube. With endless videos streaming for free, it was not hard for me to find well crafted educational material. As YouTube and other sites have been so integrated into my life, I take inspiration from the free sharing of valuable information and want to give back to the community.
It is important to me that as someone studying science that I should be motivated to pursue my interests with the intention of learning and sharing within my community. I wish to one day be constantly in the position of learning and sharing simultaneously, whether in a classroom, field or community garden.
FarmTable is an organisation that I have involved myself with for the reasons above. I will favour projects, such as FarmTable, that benefit the community more than the private bodies involved.
Speaking Engagements & Consulting Work
Airlie is an experienced speaker and has presented on themes of collaboration, leadership, rural women, the future of farming, agtech and innovation, software and the startup journey. Please get in contact with email@example.com to access Airlie's speaking rates.
Airlie was invited to be the Master of Ceremonies for this year's National Fodder Conference.
"Airlie was the consummate professional as our MC. Airlie was completely diligent and fully prepared for her MC responsibilities. Airlie worked meticulously with AFIA staff, including myself as the CEO, to fully understand the conference program, its structure and objectives. For every session, Airlie clearly appreciated the time constraints, who was speaking and their individual biographies and prior to a session Airlie made certain she knew who was speaking, their topic and where possible, was introduced to the speaker prior to the session to understand any issues/nuances with their presentation.
At the conclusion of each speaker’s session, Airlie was able to provide a summary of the key messages and was expert at managing question time.
Airlie conveyed a high level of professionalism to our 2019 National Fodder Conference which reinforced the positioning of the Association amongst its key stakeholders as credible, professional and expert. It also allowed AFIA staff to concentrate on other key tasks at the conference, including the all-important liaison with members, sponsors and other stakeholders."
Airlie had the pleasure of presenting the keynote address at the UNE Farming Futures Dinner in July 2019.
“I’d just like to say a HUGE thank you for your time and effort from last night. All of the things you spoke to us about in your key note address were extremely relevant to everyone in the room, including me!
... So thank you again, it was the most inspiring, relevant, and effective speech I have heard and the timing was perfect for me personally and so many others in the room.”
"Had to reach out because I couldn’t get some parts of your speech out of my head after you spoke Friday night ... Thanks again for the brilliant speech!"
"Your inspiring words really made me think and I am so grateful for the wisdom that you imparted on us all during your speech at the event. I just wanted to let you know that you have made a really big impact in the way I view my role as a female in the agtech industry."
"Holbrook Landcare Network approached Airlie Landale, Farm Table, to present at a Murray Landcare Collective meeting on November 28, 2018. The presentation was to be tailored specifically to this group. It was refreshing to have Airlie listen, understand and deliver a presentation which met our prescribed outcomes.
Airlie has a depth of understanding around issues specific to our rural community and has developed extensive logic around how to address some of these. We confidently recommend Airlie as a presenter in this field."
"Airlie has spoken for Women & Leadership Australia at a couple of events: she provided a keynote presentation at our 2017 Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium in Canberra, and has also been a panellist at an event we ran in Albury-Wodonga in 2018 – the Australian Women’s Leadership Forum. She speaks honestly and candidly about her experiences working in a male-dominated industry, and about the challenges she has faced building her business.
We always ask our speakers to focus on sharing personal stories and providing practical advice to our delegates, and Airlie definitely fulfils that request for us. She is vulnerable in her responses to audience questions, which our delegates appreciate, and she is a pleasure to deal with in the lead-up to the event."