Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference 2016

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Thursday 10 and Friday 11 November, 2016 - Pullman Brisbane King George Square

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The Australian Farm Institute held its annual Agriculture Roundtable Conference on the 10th and 11th November 2016, at the Pullman Brisbane King George Square. The event commenced with dinner on the evening of Thursday 10th November and continued with breakfast and a full day's discussion on Friday 11th November.

The Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference has been held by the Australian Farm Institute every year for over 10 years. It brings together the most senior leaders of Australian agriculture and agribusiness to discuss issues of strategic importance to the future of the sector. Download the conference flyer or preliminary program. Information on confirmed speakers is available here.

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Roger Fletcher, Director, Fletcher International Exports Pty Ltd

Fletcher International Exports is one of Australia’s most integrated processors and exporters of lamb and sheep meat products. A private, family-owned company, Fletcher International operates two highly efficient processing facilities: one located in Dubbo, New South Wales; and the other near Albany in Western Australia. These two plants have a combined processing capacity of more than 90,000 sheep and lambs per week, which equates to over 4.5 million head per year.

The expansion of the company’s farming interests has continued to increase the degree of vertical integration across the business. These interests have strengthened the livestock supply chain, while providing a source of quality crossbred lambs consistently throughout the year. Secondly, the grain produced at the company’s properties is sold directly to end users in export markets.

Steve Marafiote, Managing Director of Sundrop Farms

Steve will be talking about: How Sundrop Farms is redesigning the way we think about food production.

Steve has held roles of Managing Director and CEO for more than 12 years in multinational businesses within the produce and food industries, including Australian Quality Plus, National Food Industry Strategy and Chiquita. Most recently, Steve was the CEO of the South Australian Potato Company, one of Australia’s major farming, washing and potato packing operations.

He is a former Chair of the South Australian Premiers Food Council, has exported to more than 35 countries, and has won multiple business awards for his commercial acumen and ability to develop multi-faceted and vertically integrated businesses. He comes from three generations of farming and retail operations within the horticulture industry.

The options for investing in Australian agriculture extend well beyond 'buying the farm'. This session will provide the opportunity to hear from a diverse range of agribusinesses on the investments they are making. Where do they believe the value propositions lie, what is the investment appetite like, and what are the barriers for investment?

Overseas examples are indicating that the digital disruption of agriculture is occurring at a more rapid pace in businesses servicing the farm sector than it is in the farm businesses they are servicing. This session will explore how the agriculture service sector is evolving and how much it is being influenced by the possibilities of digital agriculture. 

There have been many global signals in recent times that have indicated a dissatisfaction with free trade agreements. Both the Brexit and the US general election campaigns featured much negative commentary on the effects of such agreements. How have free trade agreements impacted on Australian agriculture and what would be the consequences if a wind back of such agreements was to occur? 

Tasmania is the only state in Australia that has 'Right to Farm' laws enacted. Is the lack of right to farm laws in the rest of the country impacting on the ability of farm businesses to operate under their own terms? Right to farm laws in other countries are starting to determine not just where farming can occur but also what farming practices can be used. Speakers in this session will address how the right to farm is being addressed in Australia. 

Pullman Brisbane King George Square, Corner Ann and Roma Streets, Brisbane QLD 4000,
Ph: (07) 3222 1125

Please note that the Conference Registration fee does not include accommodation. If accommodation should be required, accommodation is available at the venue. Please book directly with the hotel by calling Reservations on 07 3222 1125 or emailing, quoting 'Australian Farm Institute'.  Parking is available for $40 per vehicle per day.  

Other Accommodation Options

Sofitel Brisbane Central, 249 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD, 4000, Ph: (07) 3835 3535

Ibis Brisbane, 27–35 Turbot Street, Brisbane QLD, 4000, Ph: (07) 3237 2333

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