2015 Presentations

AGIC 2015 - Australia's changing role in the global grain industry

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GRDC Growers Day

Welcome & Session 1

  • Welcome: Richard Clark, Chair, GRDC
  • Opening Address: Senator Bridget McKenzie, The Nationals Senator for Victoria

Session 1: Grain markets and outlook

  • Emily French, Founder, ConsiliAgra:
    Implications for Australian grain producer
  • Ron Storey, Advisor, NZX-Profarmer: What does this mean for Australian growers in 2015/16?

Session 2: Maximising profitability

  • Jorge Karl President Agraria: Grower perspective from Brazil
  • Cameron WeeksFarm Management Consultant, Planfarm: Benchmarking grain growing businesses - what the top businesses do differently
  • Jules Dixon, Executive Manager, AMPS Research: Maximising profit through innovation

Launch of Growing Australian Grain

  • Safely managing risks with crop inputs and grain on farm

Session 3: Managing risk: Connecting grower practices and market access

  • Gerard McMullen, McMullen Consulting & Ian Reichstein, Director - National Residue Survey, Department of Agriculture: Maintaining market access - keeping our grain clean (Case study Scope barley)
  • Tony Russell, Executive Manager, Grains Industry Market Access Forum (GIMAF): Managing market access challenges

Session 4: Managing market risk

  • Leo Delahunty, Counter party risk management - a producers perspective Partner, Templemore Partners:
  • Nathan Cattle, General Manager, NZX Australia (Profarmer): Tonnes to Dollars: Tools for managing price and marketing risk faced by growers,
  • Geoff Honey, CEO, Grain Trade Australia: Making sense of contracts

Session 5: Global R&D: where does Australia's grains industry fit?

  • Andrew Weidemann, Chair, Grain Producers Australia: Setting the scene
  • John Harvey, Managing Director, Grains Research and Development Corporation: Australian grain production in a global context
  • Dr Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia: Global grains R&D - opportunities for Australian growers
  • Dr Steve Jefferies, CEO, Australian Grain Technologies: Australian grains R&D -potential for yield/quality improvements

Session 6: Our Future - perspectives on the grain industry's future direction & opportunities

  • Simon Talbot, CEO, NFF
  • Sean Barker, Global Head of Barley, GrainCorp Limited
  • Closing comments: Richard Clark Chair GRDC

AGIC Tuesday 28th July 

Welcome & Session 1

  • Welcome: Peter Reading, Chair, Grain Trade Australia
  • Opening Address: Senator Penny Wong, Shadow Minister for Trade

Session 1: Grain markets and outlook

  • Emily French Founder, ConsiliAgra: Grain markets and outlook: Asia at the centre of the world

Session 2: Factors influencing the Australian and Asia economies - opportunities for Australian agribusiness

Session 3: CEO Perspective - what role will Australia play in Asia?

Launch of Medical Research and Rural Health Garvan Report 2015

  • Andrew Giles, CEO, Garvan Research Foundati

Session 4: Benefits of FTAs

  • Facilitator: Michael Rowland, Host, ABC News Breakfast
  • Dr Andy Crane, CEO, CBH Group
  • Yasushi Takahashi, Chairman and CEO, Mitsui & Co. (Australia) Ltd
  • Peter Roberts, Assistant Secretary, North Asia Goods, Free Trade Agreement Division, DFAT

Session 5: Country perspectives - Canada

  • Ian White President and Chief Executive Officer CWB: Developments in the Canadian grain industry post wheat and barley deregulation

AGIC Wednesday 29th July

Session 6 Part I: Marketing Australian pulses - breaking barriers

  • Georgie Aley, CEO, Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council: Shifting consumer perceptions of pulses
  • Peter Wilson, CEO, Australia Milling Group: Global investment driving growth in the pulse industry

Session 6 Part II: Marketing Australian grains: innovation

  • Dr Andre Teixeira, Professor of Innovation, Lorange Institute of Business, Switzerland: Innovation to meet changing consumer demands

Session 7: Global supply chains - how competitive is Australia

  • Alex Kyriakoulis Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan LLP: Global port developments and lessons for Australia
  • Angus Wettenhall, Broker, Allied Grain: Drivers of the future shape of Australia's export grain supply chains
  • Tim Henry, Managing Director, ADM Australia & Vice President, Australian Grain Exporters Association: Tools to reduce costs at port - AGEA Vessel Protocol

Session 8: Australian grains: Focus on maize

  • Liz Mann Chief Executive Officer Maize Australia: The maize industry in Australia, production and opportunities
  • Dr Steve Little, Principal Consultant, Capacity+, Ag Consulting: Value of maize fed to dairy cows

Session 9: Meeting global demand - the role for technology

  • Dr Siang Hee Tan, Executive Director, CropLife Asia: Meeting global demand - technology & consumer developments

Session 10: Country perspectives: South America

  • Jorge Karl, President, Agraria: “Coop Agraria Agroindustrial" case study and the role of cooperatives in the Brazilian grain and oilseeds market
  • Ray Lee, Director, Portside Solutions: Case study - An Argentinean revolution in the grain supply chain

Session 11: Closing Address

  • Hon Joel Fitzgibbon, Shadow Minister for Agriculture
  • Nick Goddard, Executive Director, Australian Oilseeds Federation