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GrowAg

21 - 23 September 2016, Albury NSW

Overview

GrowAg is hosted by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources and the Rural Research and Development Corporations. It will bring together Australia’s sharpest and most innovative leaders in agriculture to share ideas, discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the sector and identify how tomorrow’s leaders can capitalise on the opportunities.

The Summit will advance the contribution of our farming leaders and agricultural professionals towards a dynamic, competitive and prosperous agricultural sector by:

  • developing knowledge and skills for utilising adopting new technologies; innovative business and investment strategies; and developing leadership and entrepreneurial skills
  • facilitating wider discussion and consideration of the opportunities, barriers and roles for farmers in agriculture; and
  • providing an opportunity for sharing knowledge, a platform for innovation and an entrepreneurial environment for our future farming leaders.
                              

Event Info

The GrowAg event will provide a detailed look at the role innovation is playing in agriculture today. In particular, the event will highlight what the drivers of change are, what is on the horizon, as well as profiling some tangible case studies of how innovation is driving increased productivity and risk management.

Specific technologies such as sensors and networks; robotics; 3D printing; synthetic biology; digital medicine; nanomaterials; artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will be featured. GrowAg will share the latest research and findings from Rural Research and Development Corporations, as well as understanding who the key players are in the technology space, how they are approaching and developing innovative technologies and how this is being communicated and adopted within the agriculture sector.

The session will be geared towards showcasing technology and new ideas which can be adopted across a range of businesses to make a tangible difference to ag’s bottom line. Technology is playing a critical role in the future success of Australian agriculture and embracing it will help Australian agriculture remain competitive.

Discussion and learning will be anchored around three core themes:

1. New technology and new ideas

2. Smart Business

3. Innovation and Leadership

New Technology & New Ideas

The session will be geared towards showcasing technology and new ideas which can be adopted across a range of businesses to make a tangible difference to ag’s bottom line.

Technology is playing a critical role in the future success of Australian agriculture and embracing it will help Australian agriculture remain competitive.

Smart Business

Our future farmers will inquire into thinking about their business, and is it ready for tomorrow?

The GrowAg event will look at the importance of ‘smart business’ and will explore if Australian agriculture is well positioned to capitalise on the rapid changes the sector is experiencing.

Investment options, business structures, technology and risk profiles are all determinants of success. Experts with real life case studies will share examples of businesses that are getting it right and what sets them apart.

Leadership & Innovation

An in-depth look at the role of innovation in agriculture and  who is shaping and influencing change: is it the innovators and early adopters within agriculture? What role do governments, Research and Development Corporations and Industry play?

Inspiring businesses from the Northern Territory to Tasmania will be profiled with an understanding of how each have embraced innovation and are driving change.

We ask the question whether there is a one-size-fits-all approach to innovation, and look at businesses that are approaching similar challenges very differently, with some surprising results.


Key contacts & links

RIRDC Program Manager

Jennifer Medway
Ph: 02 6271 4132
Email: jennifer.medway@rirdc.gov.au

Sponsorship Enquiries

Melanie Elms (Seftons)
Ph: 0423 555 480
Email: melanie.elms@seftons.com.au

 

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DAY ONE: WEDNESDAY, 21 SEPTEMBER 2016
ATURA, ALBURY NSW

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Introduction to the Event
Mike Logan, Master of Ceremonies
Sally White and Sean Murphy, Summit Commentators
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Principal Partner Address

Alistair Davidson, Acting Assistant Secretary of Strategic Policy and Biosecurity, Department of Agriculture & Water Resources
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Welcome address
Transformative Technologies – Is Agriculture Ready?
John Harvey, Managing Director, RIRDC
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SESSION ONE: TRANSFORMATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
 

Keynote presentation
Industry Scan: Game Changers outside of Ag (Lessons for Agriculture)
Dr Daniel Terrill, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics
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Panel Discussion
RDC Transformative Tech Case Study 1: Sensors
Providing solutions people want: how the wine industry is shaping a data-driven tool for better vineyard decisions

Dr Katherine Evans, Senior Research Fellow, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, University of Tasmania
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RDC Transformative Tech Case Study 2: Rock, Water and Plastic
͛Nick Wright, Hydrogeologist Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food (WA)
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SESSION TWO: RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION INNOVATION CASE STUDIES

Welcome and introduction
Jennifer Medway, Program Manager, Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation
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Keynote Presentation
Digital Innovation
Jane Trindall, Research and Development Manager, Cotton Research and Development Corporation
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Panel session
Smarter Irrigation - CRDC Innovation Case Study
Dr Guy Roth, Principal and Director, Roth Rural and Regional
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Australian Wool Innovation Case Study
Emily King , Manager, Woolgrower Extension & Adoption AWI
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Australian Pork Limited Innovation Case Study
Ashley Norval, Manager, Research & Innovation, Australian Pork Limited
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Murray Darling Basin Authority Innovation Case Study
Susan Madden, Principal Economist, Natural Resources and Agriculture, GHD and Member, Murray-Darling Basin Authority
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SESSION THREE: CONNECTIVITY DRIVING INNOVATION
 

Keynote presentation
Connectivity to the greater world
Lalla Mackenzie, Senior National Stakeholder Relations Manager, NBN Co
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Presentations

The impact of connectivity within rural and regional Australia
Danica Leys, Chief Executive Officer of the Country Women's Association
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Using big data and internet to track farm efficiency and productivity
Darrin Lee, Managing Director and a Partner Bligh Lee Farms
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DAY TWO: 22 SEPTEMBER 2016
ALTURA, ALBURY NSW

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SESSION ONE: TRANSFORMATION OF AUSTRALIAN AG

Keynote presentation
The next Steve Jobs will be a farmer
Xavier Rizos, Garage Principal, Westpac Innovation Garage
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Panel Discussion: Digital disruption and big data - what's already in action
Geoff Daniel, Group Manager, Director, Growth Farms
Tristan Shannon, Project Manager, Full Profile
Sarah Nolet, Founder of AgThentic
Chris Duff, Executive Director, Delta Agribusiness
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SESSION TWO: GROWING IDEAS FOR THE GLOBAL MARKETPLACE

Keynote presentation
Professor David Lamb, Professor of Physics and Precision Agriculture, University of New England
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Presentations

Amanda Doughty, Livestock Behaviour and Welfare Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of New England - Presentation
Brad Wooldridge, Mixed Farmer, Western Australia - Presentation
Professor Derek Baker, Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains, University of New England - Presentation

SESSION THREE: NURTURING FARMERS AND THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Keynote presentation

Nurturing farmers and the supply chain to further enhance innovation and diversity
Simon Talbot, Head of Public Affairs, Coles

Panel discussion
Steve Marafiote, Managing Director, Sundrop Farms
Michael Crowe, Coles Graze Program
Sam Trethewey, General Manager, SproutX
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SESSION FOUR: LEADERSHIP IN INNOVATION

Leading for Change: A blueprint for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership
Tim Soutphommasane, Race Discrimination Commissioner
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Trends Shaping Employment in Agriculture
Mick Hay, Managing Director, Rimfire Resources
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DAY THREE: 23 SEPTEMBER 2016
ALTURA, ALBURY NSW
 

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SESSION ONE: FARMING CHANGE 

Keynote speaker

The Day the Farm Changed
Pete McCann, Marketing Manager – ANZ, Case IH Australia
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Panel discussion

Agriculture on a Global Scale
Paul Brimblecombe, CEO, CS Agriculture (Cubbie Ag) - Presentation
Jim Engelke, General Manager of Kimberley Agricultural Investment (KAI) - Presentation
James Kahl, Chairman, Cotton Seed Distributors - Presentation
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ASSISTANT MINISTER'S ADDRESS
The Hon Luke Hartsuyker, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
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SESSION TWO: DIVERSITY IN AGRICULTURE 

Keynote presentation
Mixing diversity with commercial outcomes means good outcomes for all
Craig North, CEO NIPE, Indigenous Land Council
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CLOSING KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

What does agriculture into the future look like and what leadership will we need?
Mick Keogh, Executive Director, Australian Farm Institute
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WRAP UP COMMENTS AND REMARKS
Mike Logan, Master of Ceremonies
John Harvey, Managing Director, RIRDC
Sally White and Sean Murphy, Summit Commentators
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