Teresa Fox

Australian Farm Institute


Welcome to Insights: Profile, a new feature in which you’ll get to know members of the Australian Farm Institute team. In this edition we introduce Teresa Fox, who joined AFI as a researcher in February. Teresa brings a wealth of experience to the team.

Question 1: Teresa, tell us about your background – where are you from, where have you worked before you joined AFI?

I grew up on my family’s sugarcane farm located halfway between Mackay and Proserpine in North Queensland, which is where my passion for agriculture began. After finishing high school, I left sunny Queensland and braved the cold Armidale winter to study a Bachelor of Agribusiness majoring in Economics at the University of New England.

After my final exams in 2016, I moved to Sydney where I completed a brief internship with a grain trading firm before commencing a supply chain graduate program with B.E. Campbell – a pork manufacturing firm in Western Sydney. Before coming to the AFI in February, I was the Livestock Buyer at B.E. Campbell which involved the coordination and logistics between farmers, abattoirs and transporters of pigs to the de-boning site. I also worked on contracts, data analysis, pricing and IT solutions for the livestock area of the business.

Question 2: What are your areas of interest in research?

My biggest interest areas in research are the sugarcane industry and agri-food supply chains in general, which is exciting as some of our current projects at the AFI are regarding trust components of agri-food supply chains and the value of irrigated agriculture.

My interests are more inclined towards business management and economics of farming, but I have also become more aware of and interested in reducing food and packaging waste.

Since moving to Sydney from a rurally-based childhood and regional university experience, the divide between the country and city has become more apparent to me, so the topic of community trust and right to farm has been at the forefront of my mind, particularly with the work the AFI has done on this subject.

Question 3: Why were you interested in joining the Australian Farm Institute team?

I was interested in joining AFI to increase my knowledge base of all areas and sectors of agriculture. It is such a fantastic industry which I am very passionate about and glad I chose to be a part of. I want to be able to positively contribute to the ag community and continue to develop my understanding of important issues which impact the industry most. I am thoroughly enjoying the diversity of topics I have encountered since working at the AFI.

Question 4: Tell us what you would like to do with your knowledge one day – what are your hopes and plans?

I would like to eventually apply the knowledge and experience I have gained to our family property in Queensland. It is such a beautiful part of the world on the doorstep to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef which makes farming and managing environmental responsibility of high importance.