In the news

The Institute released its latest research, Designing balanced and effective farm animal welfare policies for Australia, at a seminar in Canberra on Wednesday 29 April. The research garnered wide media interest, including the article, ‘Federal animal welfare laws needed: AFI’, by Colin Bettles, in The Land (22/04/2015); two articles by Anna Vidot, on ABC Rural, ‘Australian Farm Institute with new push for national approach to welfare standards, policy’ and ‘Renewed call for national welfare approach’; and a Beef Central opinion piece by Gaétane Potard, ‘Consumers say they want better animal welfare, but they won’t pay’.

Out and about

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

  • Australian Wool Exchange Strategic Planning Conference, Melbourne
  • Presentation to the Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee Agricultural Levies Inquiry, Canberra
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries Biosecurity Planning Workshop, Orange, NSW
  • Department of Industry and Science – Environmental Change Science and Research Priorities Working Group participant, Canberra
  • Megatrends Future Agriculture session, ABARES Outlook Conference, Canberra
  • The CEO Institute, Sydney
  • Grain Trade Australia Strategy Day, Melbourne
  • Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources Livestock Industry Forum, Bundoora, Victoria
Institute staff, Adam Tomlinson and Mick Keogh, have recently completed six Kondinin Group ERF Business Awareness Workshops. The workshops on: ‘The business case for carbon farming: improving your farm’s sustainability’, were in Bordertown and Jamestown (SA), Euroa and Yarrawonga (Vic), and Dubbo and Forbes (NSW).

Upcoming event

AFI's Future Trade Opportunities for Australian Agriculture conference will be held at the Hotel Realm in Canberra, on the 10th & 11th of June, 2015. This two-day conference features some of the most successful Australian agricultural exporters, international experts and senior trade officials from the Australian Government. This is a must-attend conference for anyone involved in exporting Australian agricultural products, or looking at developing an export market. Hear all the latest information about Australia’s new Free Trade Agreements, and what they mean for Australian agricultural exporters.

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Images:  CAFNR, Deniliquin Newspapers, Mick Keogh, USDA