Out and about

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

  • AARES Pre-Conference Workshop – Drought, Drought Policy and Drought Readiness, Canberra
  • Victorian Farmers Federation Grains Conference, Horsham, Victoria
  • Australian Dairy Farmers and Dairy Australia Dinner, Melbourne
  • ABARES Outlook 2016 Conference, Canberra
  • 2016 Walgett Future Farmers Forum, Walgett, NSW
  • Rural Bank Board Meeting, Adelaide
  • Australian Agribusiness Leadership Program, Melbourne
  • Climate Change Research Strategy for Primary Industries Conference, Sydney.

Mick Keogh has also been appointed as the Agriculture Commissioner to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (part-time).

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

  • Syngenta Asia Pacific Corporate Affairs Workshop, Singapore
  • The Australia Awards Indonesia Livestock Policy group, run by the University of Queensland with participants from the Indonesian Department of Agriculture.


The speakers have now been finalised for the Australian Farm Institute’s Digital Disruption in Agriculture Conference, 2 & 3 June, 2016, Sydney. Register online now or download the registration form and program.

Session 1: Understanding digital disruption and its implications

Dr Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue University, US
Dr Dave Henry, CSIRO
Ros Harvey, The Yield Technology Solutions Pty Ltd

Session 2: Digital disruption on-farm

Tim Neale, Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd
Dr Gerard Davis, Australian Agricultural Company Ltd
Professor Salah Sukkarieh, The University of Sydney

Session 3: Exploring digital development in the farm input sector

Tim Condon, Delta Agribusiness
Phil Hoult, AgLink
Lachlan McKinnon, Nufarm Australia Ltd
Gerard Bardell, Nufarm Australia Ltd

Session 4: Digital technology through the supply chain

Nathan Cattle, NZX Australia
Mat Regan, CBH Group
Jack Milbank, Hortus Technical Services
Dr Richard Schroder, ANZ Banking Group Ltd

Dinner Speaker: Dr David Clifford, The Climate Corporation, US

The role of digital agriculture in future world farming systems

Session 5: Telecommunications and other infrastructure needs

Murray Scholz, Scholz Farming Company
Lavina Muscat, Telstra
Lalla Mackenzie, NBN Co

Session 6: The role of digital technologies in governance and compliance systems

Peter Leonard, Gilbert + Tobin
Michael Pengilley, Grain Growers Limited
Professor Paul Martin, The University of New England

Session 7: A perspective from agri-software developers

Mark Pawsey, SST Software Australia
Peter Richardson, Maia Technology
Ben Jones, PA Source Pty Ltd

Session 7: Closing Panel - Making digital agriculture happen in Australia
Jonathan Dyer, 2015 Nuffield Australia Scholarship Winner
Matt Brand, NSW Farmers’ Association
Dr David Clifford, The Climate Corporation, US
Dr Dennis Buckmaster, Purdue University, US

Images:  Sally Beech, Grimme Group