In the news 

The release of the Spring 2015 Farm Policy Journal, ‘Will consumers stop agricultural technology?’, was the subject of an article in The Land by Matthew Cawood, ‘Science not enough to sway consumers’ (19/09/2015):

People don’t respond to science – people respond to people.

That is a (very) short synopsis of the first of six papers in the Australian Farm Institute’s (AFI’s) latest Farm Policy Journal, which considers why consumers baulk at certain agricultural technologies.

The conclusion, that science alone is an inadequate tool for persuasion, is useful knowledge for any farm sector wanting to use a technology that might attract a consumer backlash.
The Spring Journal also featured on the RN Afternoons (ABC 18/09/2015) story, ‘Why our food regulation stifles farm innovation.’ With author Mark Swift, interviewed regarding his article: ‘The implications of societal risk management on agricultural productivity.’

Out and about

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

  • Sheepvention, Hamilton, Victoria
  • Cotton Collective, Narrabri, NSW
  • Annual Australian Institute of Food Science & Technology Convention, Sydney
  • Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation launch of the ‘Assessing the competitiveness of Australian agriculture’ Report, Canberra
  • 2015 East Gippsland Beef Conference, Bairnsdale, Victoria
  • Ag Institute Australia (WA Division) ‘Innovation in Agriculture – Opportunities and Constraints’ Conference, Como, Western Australia
  • Westpac Innovation Challenge judging panellist, Sydney
  • 2015 Nuffield Australia National Conference, Albury, NSW
  • Transformative Technologies (Big Data) Rural R&D Workshop

Institute events

AFI’s annual Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference will be held at the Hilton Sydney on 4 & 5 November, 2015.

Image:  United Soybean Board 

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