In the news

The Institute released its latest research, Opportunities to improve the effectiveness of Australian farmers’ advocacy groups – a comparative approach, at a seminar in Canberra on 3 March 2014. The report’s release garnered a great deal of media coverage, including Why farm advocacy is failing by Matthew Cawood in The Land (6/3/2014), Advocacy groups urged to change in the Southern Weekly (10/3/14), and Farmers have little confidence in peak bodies on Bush Telegraph – ABC Radio National (3/3/2014). In Farm advocacy groups not 'value for money', Lucy Barbour on ABC Rural (4/3/2014) quotes the Institute:

Head of the Australian Farm Institute, Mick Keogh, says respondents were also concerned that organisations weren’t ‘engaging’ enough. ‘Farmers accept that it’s good to have stronger advocacy organisations, but they also want to see individual benefits,’ he said.

Out and about

Recently the Institute’s Executive Director, Mick Keogh, has spoken at:

  • Meat & Livestock Australia – Peak Industry Councils Dinner, Sydney
  • Southern Tablelands Farming Systems Launch, Crookwell, NSWSyngenta Australia and New Zealand Conference, Hunter Valley, NSW
  • Grain Industry Association of WA 2014 Agribusiness Crop Updates, Burswood, WA
  • ABARES Outlook Conference, Canberra (Chaired the 'Responding to Society' session)
  • DibbsBarker 2014 Partner Conference, Brisbane
  • NSW Farmers’ Association Agricultural Competitiveness Forum, Tamworth, NSW
  • Future Farmers and the Carbon Farming Futures Project Webinar (for Sefton & Associates)
  • GRDC Farm Business Update for Advisers, Bendigo, Victoria
  • Natural Resources Commission’s Review of Weeds in NSW Public Consultation Meetings – Armidale, Dubbo, Cowra, Wagga Wagga, Nowra; NSW

The Institute’s Senior Research Officer, Adam Tomlinson, has recently spoken at:

  • Carbon Farming Face-to-Face Training Program, Adelaide. This event presented products and tools to extension advisors, and highlighted the technical capabilities of the FarmGAS Calculator.
  • North Central CMA’s 2014 Future Farming Expo, Maryborough, Victoria. This event aimed to inspire farm sector innovation through presentations on marketing strategies and opportunities for agricultural products.
Images:  AWB, CIMMYT, Feral Arts

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