Agriculture and trade in disrupted economies

Thursday 17 June 2021 – Toowoomba, QLD & ONLINE

Conference Overview:

While COVID-19 is the most prominent disruptor of trade in recent times, it is far from the only one. Geopolitical tensions, socio-economic changes, infrastructure challenges and biosecurity concerns are not merely theoretical risks but active disruptors to Australia’s export-reliant agriculture sector. What do we need to know to manage these disruptions, and how can we take advantage of ‘creative destruction’ to improve business resilience? 

RBA Governor Philip Lowe and Trade Minister Dan Tehan led this important discussion at AFI’s mid-year conference, joined by Shari Rogge-Fidler, CEO of the US Farm Foundation, and other analysts, farmers and agribusiness leaders. For more information download the conference program.

CONFERENCE SESSIONS | 10 am – 5:30 pm

SESSION 1 – Overview + PANEL (10:00 am – 12 noon)

  • Keynote 1: Philip Lowe, RBA – Speech: From Recovery to Expansion
  • Keynote 2: Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan
  • The US perspective: Shari Rogge-Fidler, US Farm Foundation CEO

‘Fireside chat’ – farmer panel on lived experience of ag trade disruption

  • Eimear McDonagh – Director, Agri Direct Australia
  • Peter Wilson – Director, Wilson International Trade

SESSION 2 – Geopolitical impacts (1:00–3:00 pm)

PRESENTATIONS: Pandemic disruption can be a distraction from other pressing issues – what geopolitical considerations should the ag sector be watching most closely?

  • The Hon Andrew Robb AO – Former Minister for Trade, Investment and Tourism
  • Brett Hosking – Chair, Grain Growers Ltd
  • Andrew Cox – General Manager, International Markets, Meat & Livestock Australia

SESSION 3 – Thriving in disruption (3:30–5:30 pm)

CONVERSATION: Taking advantage of creative destruction to renew systems and improve business

  • Associate Professor Ben Lyons – Director (Rural Economies Centre of Excellence), USQ
  • Mark Harvey-Sutton – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Livestock Exporters Council
  • Alexandra Gartmann – CEO Rural Bank & Group Executive Partnerships, Marketing and
    Corporate Affairs / AFI Board

DELEGATES DINNER | 6:00–10:00 pm

Formalities – 7:30–8:30 pm

DINNER PRESENTATION: Richard Heath, Executive Director AFI, in conversation with the Hon Andrew Robb AO

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Date And Time

17-06-2021 10:00 AM to
17-06-2021 10:00 PM

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