Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference 2017


International Convention Centre Sydney, 9 & 10 November 2017



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Conference Overview

The Australian Farm Institute’s Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference is to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of November 2017.

The 2017 Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference will be an important networking opportunity for innovative agricultural producers, supply chain leaders, agribusiness, policy-makers and lead researchers. Over 150 conference attendees will be hosted by the Institute at the new International Convention Centre Sydney which is surrounded by the iconic Darling Harbour.

This year’s roundtable conference will bring together the key minds of Australian agriculture and agribusiness to discuss the role of effective partnerships in significant agricultural and regional issues.


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Partnering for Success

Session Details

The Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference will this year discuss the role of effective partnerships in four key agricultural and regional issues.


Decentralisation

Australia is one of the world’s most urbanised nations, and despite a multitude of different schemes and initiatives developed over the past century, there seems little prospect of increasing population growth in regional areas. However, the rapidly emerging digital era, in combination with improvements in transport and telecommunications should enhance regional growth prospects. This session will involve contributions from a range of different perspectives about the partnerships that will be required to make regional population growth a reality.


Energy

Large increases in electricity and gas prices, coupled with technological change has led to an increase in the economic potential for farm businesses to be significant generators of energy. To capture the full benefit of that potential, partnerships between energy infrastructure providers, large energy companies and farm businesses need to be formed. Current uncertainty in energy policy is a barrier to the development of those partnerships and this session will hear from a range of businesses in how they are dealing with this issue.


The Future Agricultural Workforce

There are many indicators pointing towards a significant shift in the capabilities that will be required in the future agricultural workforce. These include the digitisation of agriculture, changes in farm business structures and demographic shifts in both farm and non-farm populations. This session will explore whether the partnerships that exist between the farming community and education providers and trainers, and the workforce more generally are sufficient to ensure that agriculture attracts and retains the people it needs to grow and prosper.


Corporate Investment in Agriculture

Too often, discussion of corporate investment in Australian agriculture has focused on the investors rather than the people and businesses benefiting from investment. Successful corporate investment models are highly dependent on effective partnerships with farm managers, lessees and consultants. A range of partnership models will be presented in this session that are potentially redefining how farming businesses are developed.


Highlights

Gala Dinner Speaker: Ali Capper

In Partnership at Stocks Farm, Suckley, Worcestershire UK with her husband Richard and his father Mark, the Cappers specialise in growing hops and apples. They farm dessert and cider apples and hops.

Ali’s former career was in advertising and marketing. Today, in addition to numerous roles at the farm, her work includes membership of the Boards of Wye Fruit, the British Hop Association, the Hop Industry Committee, the Norton Cider Growers Association and as Chairman of the UK NFU's National Horticulture & Potatoes Board and Wye Hops. Ali is a Nuffield Scholar, a Trustee of FACE and the Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust.


Breakfast Speaker: Bob Young

Dr Bob Young joined the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2003 as the chief economist, coordinating the activities of the Economic Analysis Team. The team provides support of the policy implementation effort and helps to maintain the longer-term view of factors that are driving the overall farm sector.

Bob has also served as the chief economist of the US Senate Committee on Agriculture. There he was active in the development of the 1990 Farm Bill, as well as various budget and disaster assistance bills. He also served as an associate professor in agricultural economics at the University of Missouri.

Confirmed Speakers

Jack Archer, CEO, Regional Australia Institute

Andrew Beattie, Director, ProAdvice

Rob Bradley, Farmer and Director, Nuffield Australia

Matt Brand, Chief Executive Officer, NSW Farmers' Association

Scott Hansen, Director General, NSW Department of Primary Industries

John Harvey, Managing Director, AgriFutures Australia

Mick Hay, Managing Director, Rimfire Resources

Pip Job, Senior Project Officer Business & Social Resilience Programs DPI NSW

David Mailler, Farmer and developer of on-farm power stations

Gavin McMahon, Chief Executive Officer, Central Irrigation Trust

Dr Kelly Manton-Pearce, Farmer, Agriculture Scientist, and Chair, Grower Group Alliance

Kim Morison, Managing Director, Blue Sky Alternative Investments

Andrew Skinner, Manager Solution Design and Information Architecture Meat & Livestock Australia

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Conference Partners

The Australian Farm Institute is seeking sponsorship support from organisations which have an interest in the issues and in the wellbeing of the Australian agriculture sector more generally.

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VENUE: ICC Sydney

ICC Sydney is at the heart of its very own Sydney harbour waterfront precinct, set amongst restaurants, retail and a vibrant public domain on Darling Harbour yet only a moment's walk to Australia's largest CBD and surrounding university and cultural quarters.

Plan Your Trip

Venue Information

The International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney) – 14 Darling Drive, Sydney, NSW 2000


Book Your Flights

The event commences from 6.30 pm on Thursday 9th November with the Australian Agriculture Gala Dinner at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney). It concludes at 5 pm on Friday 10th of November. Sydney Airport is approximately 14 km from the ICC or 20 minutes in a taxi, with trains and buses running regularly from the Domestic Terminal to Circular Quay.


Book Your Accommodation

Oaks Goldsborough Apartments – 243 Pyrmont Street, Darling Harbour, NSW 2009 – phone: 1300 667 078

The Australian Farm Institute has arranged a group booking rate at the Oaks Goldsborough Apartments in Darling Harbour. Boasting well-appointed and spacious one and two bedroom apartments. Just a 30-minute drive from Sydney Airport, the hotel facilities include a sauna, swimming pool, spa and secretarial services. For public transport Central Station is 10 minutes away.

Note: This hotel is 800 m, or a 10-minute walk to the ICC Sydney. The promotional code for the discount is 'AFI2017' and bookings can be arranged here.

Other accommodation options – There are any number of hotel and accommodation options in Sydney, simply visit your preferred online booking site or get in contact with your travel agent.


While You Are Here

There is always plenty to do in Sydney and its surrounds. To get more information, go to Destination NSW, the City of Sydney's What's on page, or see Things to do at Darling Harbour.


Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact AFI's Events and Membership Officer, Kate Trotter.