In the news 

The Institute’s recent Future Trade Opportunities for Australian Agriculture conference in Canberra provided insight into the trade prospects of a range of agricultural sector industries, including meat, dairy, cotton, grains, horticulture, wine and livestock.

Vernon Graham’s article in The Land, ‘AACo’s Asian prime cut’ (22 June 2015), described how a ‘number of speakers at the forum... said Australia had to move from exporting farm commodities to premium-quality branded products to cater for the world’s rapidly swelling middle classes.’ He described how Cye Travers, AACo’s general manager for branded beef, saw AACo’s future as that of a provider of a luxury product and wanted its best beef treated like vintage wine in the world’s leading restaurants, ‘We want to operate at the top of the price pyramid.’

Out and about

Recently the Institute’s Executive Director, Mick Keogh, has spoken at:

  • Dairy Cooperative Leaders’ Forum, Melbourne
  • Live Export Forum at Beef Australia, Rockhampton, Queensland
  • Ag Institute Australia 2015 National Conference, Hamilton, Queensland
  • Holbrook Landcare Network Ag Forum, Holbrook, NSW
  • Victorian Government Future of Horticulture Conference, Tatura, Victoria
  • GrainGrowers Innovation Generation Conference, Canberra

Upcoming events

The Australian Farm Institute will be holding its annual Agriculture Roundtable Conference on 4th and 5th November, 2015 at the Hilton Sydney. The event commences with dinner on the evening of Wednesday 4th November and continues with breakfast and full day’s discussion on Thursday 5th 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. 

The John Ralph Essay Competition is an annual essay competition conducted by the Australian Farm Institute to encourage strategic and creative thinking about issues of importance to the future of the sector in Australia.

The topic of the John Ralph Essay Competition for 2015 is: Australian agriculture should forget about the pursuit of productivity, and instead focus on premium markets.

The competition awards two prizes – Open: $5000 and Novice: $1000, plus free attendance at the 2015 Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference.

Entries close: Friday, 18 September 2015

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