Conference 7th March: Unpacking advocacy

Published 21 Feb 2022

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  • 7 March 2022 (full day) at NSW Parliament House, Sydney NSW & online. Recordings are now available.

How do we ensure our voice is heard and our concerns are genuinely considered when decisions are being made that impact on us? We advocate – or people advocate on our behalf. Yet the environment in which advocacy operates in is anything but stable. Advocacy must progressively adapt to not only remain effective, but thrive in the face of change rather than merely survive. Advocacy is a critical tool for industries to successfully navigate through economic upheaval and social shifts. Is Australia’s agricultural advocacy well positioned for these inevitable challenges?

To understand how the industry is positioned to advance its many diverse causes, the AFI’s annual conference asks: Where to next for ag advocacy? Featuring speakers and panellists with deep knowledge and experience of the advocacy environment (both positive and negative), this event delivers insight into the future of advocacy for Australian producers.

Speakers included:

  • Tony Mahar, CEO, National Farmers’ Federation
  • Shari Rogge-Fidler, President & CEO, Farm Foundation
  • Mark Titterington, EU Forum for the Future of Agriculture
  • Tyler McCann, Managing Director, CAPI – The Canadian Agri-food Policy Institute
  • Andrew McConville, CEO, Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration (APPEA)
  • Natasa Sikman, Climate Policy Manager, Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA)
  • Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO, Australian Conservation Foundation
  • Mitch Hooke, Former CEO, Minerals Council of Australia
  • James Jackson, President, NSW Farmers’ Association
  • Emma Germano, President, Victorian Farmers Federation
  • Georgie Somerset, General President, AgForce
  • Matt Linnegar, CEO, Australian Rural Leadership Foundation
  • Natalie Sommerville, President, Australian Women in Agriculture
  • Cathy McGowan, Former independent MP 
  • Joshua Gilbert, Indigenous Consultant, Agriculturist & Innovator
  • Aly Bunton, Public Affairs Manager, Crop Science, Bayer
  • Renee Anderson, Cotton farmer & Nuffield scholar 
  • Niall Blair, Former NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Water, Lands, Trade and Industry
  • Fiona Simson, President, National Farmers’ Federation
  • Richard Heath, Executive Director, AFI

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