Out and about

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

  • NSW Farmers’ Association Annual Conference, Sydney.

Richard Heath, the Institute’s General Manager – Research, has spoken at:

  • North East Catchment Management Authority Forum, Beechworth, Victoria
  • 6th National NRM Knowledge Conference, Coffs Harbour, NSW
  • GrainGrowers Innovation Generation Conference, Perth.

Save the date: Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference 2016 – 10 & 11 November 2016, Pullman Brisbane King George Square.

In the News

The Australian Farm Institute held its very successful Digital Disruption in Agriculture Conference in Sydney on Thursday 2 June and Friday 3 June, 2016.

Conference media attention was garnered from as far as The Washington Post, with the article, ‘Even cowboy jobs may not be safe from robots’, by Matt McFarland (2/06/2016).

Alex Druce from The Land published a series of articles on conference sessions: ‘Robots are here – make your farm adapt’, ‘Tech-savvy agros to thrive in data age’, ‘Open data sharing model must be built on trust’, and ‘Teamwork, intelligence needed for ag to thrive’ (16/06/2016).

Sarina Locke from ABC Rural, wrote: ‘Farmer interest in digital agriculture technology experiencing “extraordinary” growth this year’ (8/06/2016).  

Sarah Nolet published a story in the AgFunderNews (8/06/2016) detailing her ‘5 key takeaways for Australia’s developing agtech scene from the Digital Disruption in Agriculture Event’:

  1. Harnessing the power of data creates limitless opportunities
  2. But beware of marketing hype!
  3. Data ownership and privacy concerns abound
  4. The revolution will take more than technological innovation
  5. The education system has to evolve.

John Ralph Essay Competition 2016

The John Ralph Essay Competition is an annual essay competition conducted by the Australian Farm Institute to encourage strategic and creative thinking about issues of importance to the future of the sector in Australia.

The topic of the John Ralph Essay Competition for 2016 is: Farm environmental stewardship programs are just subsidies in disguise and should not be adopted in Australia.

The competition awards two prizes: Open: $5000 and Novice: $1000, plus attendance at the 2016 Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference. Entries close: Monday, 5 September 2016

Image:  Richard Heath