Mice, Gazelles and Accelerators – Agtech's role in The Farming Game

Co-hosted by AARES New England Branch with UNE Business School

Date: Mon 16th Oct 2017 2:30pm-4:00pm

Location: John L Dillion Lecture Theatre (LT4), UNE Business School (
Contact: Helen Taylor  htaylo22@une.edu.au 02 6773 3417

Presenter: Scott Hansen, Director General, DPI

Scott Hansen joined NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) as Director General in March 2014. DPI is a core division of the state’s economic development agency, NSW Department of Industry.

Before joining DPI, Scott held senior management positions in both the public and private sectors with a defined interest in the areas of agriculture, innovation and productivity. Immediately prior to joining DPI, Scott was Managing Director of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) responsible for the overall operations of the business and a $170 million industry-funded budget for research and development and marketing.

Before being appointed Managing Director, Scott held an overseas post with MLA, working in Washington from 2009-2011, heading up Australia’s beef, lamb and goat marketing efforts in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Scott has also served in leadership roles as the Executive Director of Sheepmeat Council of Australia, Executive Director of Victorian Farmers Federation Pastoral Group, and previously worked with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries.

Scott graduated with a rural science degree from the University of New England.

About Jack Makeham

John (Jack) Patrick Makeham was one of Australia’s most colourful agricultural economists, dominating Australian farm management from the 1950s to the 1990s. Following war service, Jack obtained an honours degree in agricultural science from The University of Melbourne. He initially worked for the Victorian Department of Agriculture, before establishing one of Australia’s first agricultural consulting practices. Jack came to UNE in 1967, and for the next 30 years made a significant contribution to the training of agricultural economists in the areas of farm management and agricultural extension. Jack is especially remembered for his ten books on farm management, which have become enduring classics. All over the world there are farmers and students whose lives have been deeply enriched and vastly improved by knowing Jack Makeham. (Source: Malcolm and Piggott, Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1996, 40:3)

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