AGIC 2016 presentations

AGIC 2016 - Sound Foundations; Fresh Horizons

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AGIC Tuesday 26 July 2016


  • Welcome: Peter Reading, Chair, Grain Trade Australia
  • Conference opening: Keith Pitt Assistant Minister for Trade

Session 1: Grain Markets and Outlook

Dave Hightower. Principal, The HighTower Report: Why Strong Global Grain Production Isn't Good Enough

​ Session 2: Science in a modern world

  • Jack A. Bobo, Senior Vice President, Chief Communications Officer, Intrexon: Keynote Address - Science in a modern world: role of communication in addressing public perceptions 
  • Jon Slee Chair AOF & Rob Imray Director GTA: Communicating market choice in the Australian context

Session 3: Keynote Address

           Jaala Pulford, Victorian Minister of Agriculture

Session 4: Keynote Address: Puts and Pesco's - The Mexican experience of grain degregulation and the ASERCA programme

          Juan Antonio Hinojosa Alatorre, Vicepresidente / Senior Risk Management Consultant    
          Grupo América Latina, INTL FCStone

Session 5: Black Sea grain - is it challenging Australia? 

  • Professor Ross Kingwell, Chief Economist. AEGIC: Ukraine: An emerging challenge for Australian Wheat Exports
  • Lawrence Richmond, Richmond Rural: A producer/technology perspective
  • Stephen Thompson, Partner, Holman Fenwick Willan: A legal perspective
  • Dave Hightower, Principal, The Hightower Report: A global perspective

Session 6: Feed demand in Asia: Driving Global grain and oilseed fundamentals 

  • David Jackson, Head of Oilseeds Research, LMC International Ltd, UK: Global developments in the oils & fats market and implications for growth
  • Matthew Smith, Alltech (NZ) Limited: Global Feed Survey- dynamics of feed production in the Asia Pacific region


AGIC Wednesday 27 July 2016

Welcome & Session 7

Welcome: Peter Wilson, Chair, Pulse Australia

CEOs in profile - Interview with Emma Alberici

  • Richard Goyder, CEO, Wesfarmers
  • Graham Turley, Managing Director Institutional Banking Australia, ANZ


 Session 8: Globally competitive value chain for the grains industry - what are the drivers? 

  • Emma Alberici
  • Mark Palmquist, CEO, GrainCorp Limited
  • Dr Andrew Crane, CEO, CBH Group
  • John McKillop, CEO, Hassad Australia

Session 9: Consumer megatrends driving pulses beyond a bulk commodity 

  • Randy Duckworth CEO Global Pulse Confederation: IYP as a legacy - how a global movement is changing the future of the pulse industry
  • Professor Anthony Saliba, Charles Sturt University: Global Consumer market trends guiding the Australian Pulse Industry
  • Stephen Donnelly, CEO, Blue Ribbon Group: Beyond pure commodity – value added opportunities

GTA Nuffield Scholarship 2015 Winner Address

Lachlan Allen, GTA Nuffield Scholarship winner

Session 10 Keynote Address

Mick Keogh, ACCC Commissioner

Session 11: Future of the Australian grain industry representative structures

  • David McKeon, Policy Manager, Grain Growers Limited
  • Andrew Gee, Chairman, Barley Australia
  • Richard Simonaitis, CEO, AEGIC
  • Peter Reading, Chair, GTA
  • Jon Slee, President, Australian Oilseeds Federation
  • Andrew Weidemann, Chair, Grain Producers
  • Australia Peter Wilson, Chair, Pulse Australia

Conference Close: Pat O'Shannassy, CEO, Grain Trade Australia


GDRC Growers Day Monday 25 July 2016


  • MC: Tim Lee, ABC Landline
  • Welcome: Richard Clark, Chair, GRDC
  • Opening Address: Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister

Session 1: Crop Outlook

  • David Jackson Head of Oilseeds Research LMC International Ltd, UK: Global market outlook for grains and oilseeds
  • Nathan Cattle General Manager NZX Australia: What does this mean for Australian growers in 2016/17?

Session 2: Beyond the farmgate 

  • Andrew WeidemannEstablishing international linkages
  • John Campbell: Premium supply channels that unlock the unique characteristics of your farm production
  • Pete Longhurst Director Farmgate Exchange: Innovative supply chain solutions for growers

Session 3: Connecting farmers to the world 

  • Lalla Mackenzie Senior National Stakeholder Relations Manager, NBN Co Limited: How the NBN is delivering value for growers
  • Neil Johns Group General Manager Storage and Logistics GrainCorp Limited: Connected to a world of opportunity

Session 4: Innovation - delivering value for growers

  • Dr Steve Jefferies CEO GRDC: New opportunities for grains research
  • Dr Michael Robertson Science Director CSIRO Agriculture: Big Data – what does it mean and how can help it deliver R&D
  • Andrew Trotter CEO Latevo: Capturing the yield gap – role of risk mitigation tools

​​ Session 5: Trade and Market Access: Implications for growers

  • Rosemary Richards Consultant GTA: Developing market access processes for Australian grain
  • Tony Russell Executive Manager GIMAF: Market access issues impacting trade – focus on China
  • Cheryl Kalisch Gordon Trade & Market Access Manager GGL: Free trade agreements – what in it for grains?
  • John Stuart Director Barley Australia: Managing market access for barley