In the news

Foreign investment in Australian agriculture has again been a topic of great discussion. The Institute was quoted in David Uren’s article ‘Coalition split on Nationals’ call for tighter rules on foreign investment’ in The Australian newspaper (25/02/2015), and Mick Keogh was interviewed for ABC’s 7:30 Report (19/02/2015) on the topic of ‘Foreign investment laws for farmland – necessary safeguard or deterrent for investors?’

No-one quite knows the extent or the trends in foreign investment in Australia and it’s very difficult to have a sensible debate in the absence of that sort of information..

AFI Executive Director, Mick Keogh, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to agriculture and regional development in the 2015 Australia Day honours list (26/01/2015). Following this Mick was interviewed extensively, including, ‘Mick Keogh OAM on farming and the future’ (ABC Country Hour); ‘Mick Keogh OAM says agriculture needs long term vision not reactivity’ (ABC Rural); ‘Rural leaders named among Australia Day honours list’ (The Weekly Times); ‘Where is ag’s recognition? – A matter of opinion’ (Farm Online); and ‘Ag nation’s Australia Day honours’ (The Land). 

Out and about

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

  • APVMA Advisory Board Futures Forum, Griffith, ACT
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries Ag Leaders and Managers Forum, Sydney
  • Syngenta Growth Awards (judging panel), Sydney
  • University of Southern Queensland/Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise ‘Innovation in Agriculture’ Forum, Toowoomba, Queensland
  • North East Catchment Management Authority Board, Lake Hume, Victoria
  • Strategis Partners Crop Insurance Seminar, Sydney
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries ‘The Social Licence of the Agricultural Industry’ Conference, Sydney

Upcoming event

AFI's Future Trade Opportunities for Australian Agriculture conference is being at the Hotel Realm in Canberra, on Wednesday 10 June and Thursday, 11 June, 2015.

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