Keynotes

The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture

The Hon Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture

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Session Outline

Opposition Ministerial Address

Fostering a healthy, vibrant and prosperous rural Australia

  • Examining the role of rural Australia in supporting our country’s economic and social well-being
  • Increasing our national food, fibre and mineral wealth
  • Opportunities stemming from the Asia-led “Dining Boom”
  • Increasing the prominence of agriculture and rural affairs within national political discourse
    Promoting strong rural and regional communities
  • Experiences in representing an agricultural and mining region and working to build on its strengths over the years

Tim McGavin, Chief Executive Officer of the Laguna Bay Pastoral Company

Tim McGavin, Chief Executive Officer of the Laguna Bay Pastoral Company

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Session Outline

What do investors look for in an agribusiness asset?

  • Exploring the characteristics that make agribusiness assets lucrative options for investment
  • Understanding the drivers and motivations of different local and foreign investors:
  • Considering how an Australian asset fits into an investor’s investment portfolio interests or supply chain
  • Examining key business management and structural factors of importance to prospective investors
  • Taking a professional approach to business and contractual management
  • Building in a reliable level of CPI linked income over the right time period– recovering the reputation of agribusiness assets after a tendency of listed agricultural investments to over-promise too soon and collapse, degrading investor confidence – how can this be rebuilt over time?
  • Attracting and managing investment relationships

Dr Brian Keating, Science Director – Agriculture Flagship, CSIRO

Dr Brian Keating, Science Director – Agriculture Flagship, CSIRO

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Session Outline

Opening Keynote Address

Taking a strategic national approach to “whole of value chain” productivity improvement for food and fibre products

  • Looking at productivity improvement in food and fibre production beyond the growing phase – taking an integrated complex systems approach
  • Improving productivity and efficiency at every stage of the value chain – from farm to fork
  • Examining the whole value in the system and managing complexity
    Reducing waste at all stages in the supply chain
  • Integration of the pre- and post- farm gate: bringing together the supply and demand sides in closer dialogue and collaboration
  • Encouraging leadership around a “whole of value chain” approach to food and fibre in government, education and industry

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