Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006

The theme of the Australian Farm Institute's 2006 Strategic Roundtable Conference was ‘Future Agriculture’.

To view the Conference Program:

22-Sep-2008 AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Program AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Program (367 KB)

To view the Conference Proceedings:

26-Sep-2008 AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Proceedings AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Proceedings (1224 KB)

To view Dr Jim Peacock's Keynote Address:

26-Sep-2008 AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Keynote AFI Strategic Roundtable Conference 2006 : Keynote (111 KB)

The 2006 Conference was convened at the Sheraton on the Park in Sydney on 2–3 November. 

Guest speaker at the Conference Dinner on Thursday, 2 November was Dr Jim Peacock, Australia's Chief Scientist and former head of CSIRO Plant Industries. Dr Peacock's speech focused on the state of agricultural research and development in Australia, and was followed by an enthusiastic Q&A session.

The Conference was officially opened on Friday, 3 November by Joanna Hewitt, Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. She discussed three policy considerations critical to the future of the agriculture sector:

  • preparedness and adaptability to change
  • responses to global challenges and opportunities
  • achieving environmental sustainability

This was followed by the presentation of the results of the Institute's latest research project – Enhancing the Customer Focus of Australian Agriculture.

Five speakers then gave presentations on:

  • Biofuels and agriculture
  • Australia's agricultural trade talks with China
  • Australian and global demographic trends in food consumption and consumer preferences
  • The potential for emissions trading in agriculture

Delegates participated in an open forum discussion following each presentation.

Sussan Ley, Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry gave the closing address.

 

Top far right: Mick Keogh (AFI Executive Director), Sussan Ley (Parliamentary Secretary: Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry), John Ralph, AC (AFI Chairman); above left: Dr Jim Peacock, Australia's Chief Scientist; above right: Professor John Longworth, University of Queensland