Conservation Agriculture in 2030 Online Conference – December 2020


Partnership between the Australian Farm Institute and the Sydney Institute of Agriculture.

FORMAT: Daily 2-hour sessions at staggered times from Monday to Friday (see PROGRAM below)

Conservation agriculture has transformed the Australian farming sector over the past 50 years by delivering increases in productivity and profitability alongside improvements in soil condition, water efficiency and other environmental gains.

Understanding the risks embedded in current conservation agriculture systems and anticipating impacts such as disruptive technologies and community trust issues is vital to ensuring that conservation agriculture can continue to deliver new transformative outcomes for Australian farmers.

At this Online Conference, policy barriers, research gaps and development opportunities were identified by asking the question ‘What might conservation agriculture look like in 2030?’


Day 1: Drivers for change  |  7th December 10:00am – 12:00pm (AEDT)

  • Richard Heath (AFI) and Professor Alex McBratney (SIA) – Introduction
  • John Gladigau – Farmer, Bulla Burra Farms
  • David Brownhill – Farmer, Merrilong Pastoral Company
  • Cindy Cassidy – General Manager Agriculture Program, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Professor Jim Pratley – Research Professor, Charles Sturt University

Day 2: Evolving practice  |  8th December 2:00pm – 4:00pm (AEDT)

  • Professor Alex McBratney (SIA) – Introduction
  • John Stevenson – Nuffield Scholar & Farmer 
  • Tanya Kilminster – Program Broker, Grower Group Alliance
  • Stuart McDonald – Nuffield Scholar & Farmer

Day 3: External pressures  |  9th December 11:00am – 1:00pm (AEDT)

  • Katie McRobert (AFI) – Introduction
  • Tim Harvey – General Manager Agribusiness, Commonwealth Bank
  • Caroline Rhodes – CEO, Grain Producers South Australia
  • Sean O’Reilly – Managing Director Agricultural Funds Management, MIRA (Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets)
  • Oscar Pearse – Farmer, Moree

Day 4: Technology opportunities and new practice  |  10th December 2:00pm – 4:00pm (AEDT)

  • Richard Heath (AFI) – Introduction
  • Dr Angela Pattison – Research Scientist, University of Sydney
  • Casey Onus – Agronomist, B&W Rural Moree
  • Peter Carberry – General Manager Applied Research & Development, GRDC

Day 5: Where will we be in 2030?  |  11th December 3:00pm – 5:00pm (AEDT)

  • Richard Heath and Professor Alex McBratney – summary and wrap up featuring mixed footage from all speakers and extensive Q&A on the question – What might conservation agriculture look like in 2030?

All sessions are available for FREE to conference registrants and AFI members, or can be purchased for $49.50 – see link at top of this page for member access / purchase link. A unique code was emailed to registrants on 15 December – please check your junk mail and contact us if you registered for the conference but did not receive this link.


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Conservation Agriculture in 2030 Online Conference – 7 to 11 December 2020 – Part 2

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07-12-2020 10:00 AM to
11-12-2020 05:00 PM


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