Out & about

AFI staff regularly attend and present at conferences and forums around the country. These meetings provide fantastic opportunities to talk to the stakeholders of the Institute and get feedback on the issues that are front of mind in Australian agriculture. No amount of desk-based research can replace face-to-face interactions with people who are experiencing first hand the policy issues that AFI focuses on. 

Recently AFI staff have visited Albury, Narrabri, Gunnedah, Coffs Harbour and Camden as part of a project investigating land use conflict. The geographic and sectoral diversity of these regions highlighted the breadth of agricultural policy issues that farmers are experiencing around NSW. 

The Institute’s Executive Director, Richard Heath spoke at the University of Sydney’s conference on Science, Technology, Engineering and Economics in Digital Agriculture in December last year. This forum highlighted the significant research activity being directed towards improving agriculture and agricultural value chains through digital technology. Takeaways from the conference were that there is lots of opportunity to boost farm productivity and supply chain efficiency but there are still issues in connecting the various parts of the supply chain to capture that opportunity. 

AFI staff also attended the Carbon in Agriculture workshop facilitated by the Climate Research Strategy for Primary Industries group. Outcomes from this forum will help to direct collaborative research between RDCs, CSIRO, and state and federal Departments of Agriculture. There is significant focus on understanding how agricultural natural capital can provide opportunities for farmers and the community. Coordinated research on carbon in agriculture will be a critical part of moving the industry forward in this important policy area. 


22 & 23 June 2020

Eastern Avenue Auditorium, The University of Sydney
Partnership between the Australian Farm Institute and the Sydney Institute of Agriculture

Conservation agriculture has transformed Australian farming, delivering productivity increases alongside environmental improvements. Anticipating emerging risks and potential impacts to this system is vital if conservation agriculture is to continue delivering transformative outcomes. What might conservation agriculture look like in 2030?

Session details:
  • Conservation agriculture success stories
  • Emerging threats to current practice
  • Non-chemical weed control
  • Where do animals fit in the system?
  • Pioneering new systems
  • Diversity of cropping options
  • Conservation ag, drought and climate change – policy enablers and barriers
  • The ideal future state
  • Evening Networking Function
Conference sponsorship opportunities are available; contact smithk@farminstitute.org.au