Out & about

Recently the Institute’s Executive Director, Richard Heath has spoken at:

  • Risky Business: Tackling Agriculture’s Big Challenge – launch of AFI’s research report Australian agriculture: an increasingly risky business, hosted by Rural Bank, Melbourne
  • Ag Institute Australia, NSW General Meeting and Presentation Event
  • Costa PCA Conference 2019, ‘Seduction by Technology – Knowledge Exchange for Greenhouse Growers’, Gold Coast
  • Australian Dairy Farmers Farming Systems Policy Advisory Group meeting
  • NSW Farmers 2019 Annual Conference, Sydney

General Manager, Katie McRobert spoke at:

  • GRDC Grains Research Update, Moama, NSW

AFI calendar


Farm Policy Journal – vol. 16 no. 3



Valuing Agriculture’s Natural Capital Roundtable

15 October


Insights – vol. 16 no. 4



Farm Policy Journal – vol. 16 no. 4


Valuing agriculture’s natural capital

Australian Agriculture Roundtable – National Gallery of Australia, Canberra – Tuesday, 15 October

This year’s Valuing Agriculture’s Natural Capital Roundtable asks the question: Can and should ecosystem services become a more significant part of the Australian agricultural economy? The event will also feature presentations from 2019 John Ralph Essay Competition winners on the future of animal agriculture.

The 2019 Roundtable will be held in Canberra in conjunction with other ag-focused events during the week of 14–17 October. The Roundtable will ensure that key issues impacting the future ability of Australian farm businesses to operate profitably and sustainably are at the forefront of policy discussions.

Reorienting animal agriculture in Australia – John Ralph Essay Competition 2019

The John Ralph Essay Competition is an annual 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 2019 is: What is the future for animal agriculture?

The competition awards two prizes – Open: $5000 and Novice: $1000, plus free attendance at the 2019 Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference.

Entries close: Monday, 2 September 2019