August 2018: Institute Activities

Published 1 Aug 2018


The Institute has featured strongly in media coverage in the past few months, thanks largely to the successful Digital Farmers mid-year conference, across issues including: rural connectivity, the future face of agriculture, agtech adoption, education, farmer health and the ripple effects of drought. For links to the articles, visit our AFI in the news web page.

Social media engagement continues to rise, with the conference hashtag #DigitalFarmers2018 trending in the top three on Australian Twitter over June 13–14th. Across June our Twitter feed collected 216,979 organic impressions (ie views or clicks); 55,926 of those impressions were from the two conference days alone, five times more than the 2017 mid-year conference (11,485 impressions over the two days).

The ‘Smoko’ video series continues to help boost engagement rates, and has recently featured guests such as Lisa Prassack (Digital and Innovation Strategist, Prassack Advisors), Simon Fritsch (AgriPath), Andrew Spencer (Australian Pork CEO and AFI Chair) and Matt Brand (NSW Farmers CEO).

Recent Ag Forum blogs by Executive Director Richard Heath have included:

Read the blogs online in ‘Ag Forum’.


Recently the Institute’s Executive Director, Richard Heath, has spoken at:

  • OECD Global Forum on Agriculture, Paris, France
  • Ruralco Dinner, Sydney


RESEARCH The impacts of energy costs on the Australian agriculture sectorAugust
ESSAYJohn Ralph Essay Competition3 September
PUBLICATION     Farm Policy Journal – Spring editionEarly September
EVENTAustralian Agriculture Roundtable conference16 October
PUBLICATIONInsights – November editionEarly November
RESEARCHRisk management in Australian agricultureDecember
RESEARCHReinventing Australian agricultural statisticsDecember
PUBLICATIONFarm Policy Journal – Summer editionEarly December

Image:  GrainCorp Limited

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