Corporate investment in agriculture – Is it working?

Published 27 July 2016

The role and responsibility of large corporations investing in agricultural assets and operations in Australia is a key topic of discussion at the inaugural Rural Focus Symposium at the University of New England this week.

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 12.01.38 pmOn Thursday, industry leaders will explore if the move from family-run operations to corporate ownership is working for rural Australia and what are some of the key drivers for large entities in the industry.

The Symposium brings together an exceptional cohort of representatives from industry and academia to discuss the current state of the industry and future challenges particular in emerging overseas markets and workforce planning.

The Symposium is a key feature of UNE’s Ag Week which includes a number of industry dinners, the annual Robb College Rural Focus Dinner and Lecture, a tour of the SMART Farm and the Farming Futures Careers Fair.

The guest speakers include:

  • Duncan Fraser: Chair Sheep Industry Cooperative Research Centre
  • Harvey Gaynor: CEO, Auscott
  • Andrew McConville: Syngenta AsiaPacific Region
  • David Faulkner: AgRecruiting and Placement Specialist, Asia Pacific
  • Dr Andrew Blinco and Kirsty McCormack: OBE Organic
  • Dr Derek Baker: Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains, UNE Business School.
  • Dr David Lamb: Professor, School of Science and Technology, UNE SMART Farm.

The Farming Futures Careers Fair will be held on Friday, 29th July. The event will promote careers in the agricultural sector, and provide a networking opportunity between students and industry representatives.

For further information please contact Head, Robb College, Dr Glenn Wilson on 0429 837 082 or UNE Media on (02)6773 2551