Outlook 2022 - Program and presentations

OUTLOOK 2022 ~ Growing agriculture through innovation and sustainability

Commencing 10.00am AEDT

Opening address

The Hon David Littleproud MP

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia

Tuesday 1 March

10.00am – 11.00am (AEDT)

1.30pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)

3.00pm – 4.00pm (AEDT)

Global and national context

Video and transcript
Drought resilient farms

Video and transcript
Benefits of water trade in the Basin and how markets could be improved

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What does growing agriculture through innovation and sustainability mean? How interlinked are sustainability credentials and innovation? Do Australian and global leaders think companies, industry and government can grow through innovation and sustainability? This session will set the scene for the economic drivers and trends that will shape 2022 and spark a discussion about adaption and innovation domestically and globally. The 2018 and 2019 droughts led to renewed interest in the drought preparedness and resilience of Australian farmers. The recent return to more favourable conditions provides a perfect opportunity to take on this challenge. But how can we define and measure drought resilience? And what steps might farmers take, now or in the future, to become more resilient? This session will explore a range of initiatives currently being undertaken by industry and government, including on-farm actions and emerging research and innovation under the Future Drought Fund. This panel session will explore the economic benefits of water trade in the Basin and practical ways of improving markets going forward. In particular, the panel will discuss some proposed options for short-term market reform, drawing on ABARES research, the findings of the ACCC water markets inquiry and examples of state-led reform implementation. The panel will include speakers from ABARES and key organisations across the Basin.
CHAIR: Sarina Locke, ABC CHAIR: Nikolai Beilharz, ABC CHAIR: Warwick Long, ABC

Mathias Cormann

OECD

Perspectives on and attitudes towards agriculture and international trade

Neal Hughes

ABARES

Measuring the effects of drought on farm businesses

The Hon Keith Pitt MP

Minister for Resources and Water

Opening comments

Julie Shuttleworth

Fortescue Future Industries

How Fortescue is leading the green industrial revolution

Brent Finlay

Future Drought Fund Consultative Committee

Future Drought Fund engagement

Mihir Gupta

ABARES

Options for improving inter-valley water trade outcomes

Jared Greenville

ABARES

Outlook for Australian agriculture

John McVeigh

Southern Queensland Northern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Drought resilience

Tom Rooney

Waterfind

Intervalley trade restrictions

 

Cindy Cassidy

Southern NSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

The SNSW Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hub

Joe Banks

Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning VIC

Policy and practical considerations for managing inter-valley trade

 

 

Rachel Kelly

Sunrice

Water market reform in the MD Basin - the Australian rice industry's perspective

11.00am – 11.30am (AEDT)

2.30pm – 3.00pm (AEDT)

4.00pm – 4.30pm (AEDT)

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Wednesday 2 March

10.00am – 11.00am (AEDT)

1.30pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)

3.00pm – 4.00pm (AEDT)

Trading in a greener environment – can Australia’s agricultural exports maintain competitive advantage?

Video and transcript
Grains: digital technology and its place in the grains industry

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Livestock: when premium traits become a social license to operate

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Trade rules in key markets are evolving. Product attributes, such as environmental sustainability, are increasingly important in export markets. Rules around environmental attributes can take different forms. In Europe the international sustainability and carbon certification (ISCC) scheme has been adopted since 2011, and the ‘Fit for 55’ package includes plans to implement a carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) for selected imports. Other key markets, including the United States and Japan, are planning similar measures. Australia’s farm industry groups have recognised these trends and have been on the front foot by incorporating sustainability into their industry plans. But is Australia’s farming sector ready for these future market frameworks? What possible forms will these trade rules take, and what role is there for Australia to shape them? Do these emerging rules represent risks to exporters in key markets, or opportunities for them to add value? There are multiple emerging technology applications that will benefit the grains industry. This session will explore what industry and governments can do together to realise the full potential of emerging technology. The session will open with ABARES outlook for both global and domestic grains markets and followed by presentations on the benefits of next gen Earth Observation (EO) technology as well as autonomous technologies, proximal sensing and their potential to alleviate labour shortages. The session wraps up with a talk on the value of data sharing and its potential to unlock the benefits of machine learning and artificial intelligence for analytics-based solutions.

Presented in partnership with GRDC
 
Grains Research & Development Corporation logo

 
For some products, higher animal welfare, carbon neutrality and certain production inputs (or their absence) are tied to ideas of quality. Such products can earn a price premium. However, over time, societal expectations change. Minimum requirements can be driven not only by consumers, but by those completely removed from the supply chain. With livestock prices breaking records through 2020-21 and strong prices for livestock commodities forecast to continue, how do producers position themselves to maintain social license over the coming decades?
CHAIR: Joanna Grainger, Australian Mission to the EU and NATO, Belgium CHAIR: Terence Farrell, GRDC CHAIR: Amelia Bernasconi, ABC

The Hon Dan Tehan MP

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

Opening comments

Emily Dahl

ABARES sets the scene

Outlook for grains markets

Jonathan Wong

ABARES sets the scene

Overview of ABARES’ livestock sector forecasts

Emma Aisbett

Australian National University

Trade-related climate policy developments and opportunities

Tim Neale

Data Farming

The space race – how agriculture will benefit (finally!)

Angus Gidley-Baird

Rabobank

Getting value from sustainability: Australian livestock supply chains

Su McCluskey

Special Representative for Australian Agriculture

Driving change through trade

Craig Baillie

University of Southern Queensland

Game changing technologies in agriculture

Simone Tully

Australian Organic Meats

How do we continue to earn the premium?

Cornelis Keijzer

Delegation of the European Union to Australia

Rhiannon Schilling

South Australian Research and Development Institute

Value of data sharing to enhance machine learning outcomes

Holly Ludeman

The Livestock Collective

Australian community acceptance driving changes in trade - a live export case study

11.00am – 11.30am (AEDT)

2.30pm – 3.00pm (AEDT)

4.00pm – 4.30pm (AEDT)

Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates)

Thursday 3 March

10.00am – 11.00am (AEDT)

1.30pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)

3.00pm – 4.00pm (AEDT)

The future of biosecurity

Video and transcript
Horticulture: meeting cost challenges to deliver for Australian consumers

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Future of food: what it means for Australia

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This panel discussion will explore the opportunities, challenges and changes required to keep the world’s worst pests and diseases from entering and establishing in Australia, and better deal with those already here. With continued increases in international trade and travel, we can expect to be exposed to increased triple bottom line biosecurity risks. Change will be needed to better prepare for existing and emerging challenges, and enhance the resilience of Australia’s land and sea managers. This can be expected to involve more effectively harnessing data and the latest science and technology, along with improved partnerships across industry, government and the community. This session explores how horticultural producers, wholesalers and retailers have faced cost challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will bring into attention how those supply chain participants have changed their practices, adapted to the more costly business environment, and looked to safeguard their future profitability through warranted investments. Further highlights of the session will include openly communicating and discussing how supply chain participants can better work together to continue delivering value to Australian consumers. Recently there has been renewed focus on Australia’s potential to produce high value food products. This potential is no surprise to many including the Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre (FIAL) which has been supporting food producers develop the value-add potential for the food and agricultural sectors to grow. In 2020 FIAL estimated the value-add potential of Australia’s food and agribusiness sector could be three times its current value, at least $200B by 2030, creating 300,000 new jobs. Realising this potential requires doing things differently - a shift in thinking, a different approach, and new tools to support the change in focus. This session will showcase businesses that have chosen to follow this pathway and be part of this opportunity.

Presented in partnership with FIAL
 
The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre logo

 
CHAIR: Warwick Long, ABC CHAIR: Fiona Breen, ABC CHAIR: Michele Allan, FIAL

Andrew Metcalfe AO

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Opening comments

Richard Gorman

Kalfresh

Denise Hamblin

Kantar

The changing landscape for successful innovation

Malcolm Letts

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland

Converting complexities into opportunities – need for investment in the national system

Shane Schnitzler

Fresh Markets Australia 

Australia's fresh produce markets - the vital link

Kim Seagram AM

Fermen Tasmania

Fermentation transforms

Kathleen Plowman

Animal Health Australia

Shared responsibility - rhetoric or reality

Sarah Corcoran

Plant Health Australia

Power of partnership

Tim Nitschke

Coles

Nick Hazell

v2food

Plant based protein, a massive opportunity for the Australian agrifood industry

Sal Milici

Freight & Trade Alliance

Stronger biosecurity safeguards and smoother trade facilitation - are they mutually exclusive?

11.00am – 11.30am (AEDT)

2.30pm – 3.00pm (AEDT)

4.00pm – 4.30pm (AEDT)

Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates)

11.30am – 12.30pm (AEDT)

   
2022 Science Award winners’ showcase

Video and transcript

Meet the winners of the 2022 Science and Innovation Awards as they showcase their projects and explain how they’ll be making a difference for Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

The Science and Innovation Awards is an open competitive grants program offering grants of up to $22,000 inc GST for original and innovative projects that aim to keep Australia’s rural industries sustainable and profitable. The Science Awards are open to applicants aged 18- 35 years, and presented in partnership with a number of research and development corporations and industry associations. Discover more at 2022 Science and Innovation Awards.

Friday 4 March

10.00am – 11.00am (AEDT)

1.30pm – 2.30pm (AEDT)

3.00pm – 4.00pm (AEDT)

Sustainability reporting: why and how

Video and transcript
Agriculture’s new workforce

Video and transcript
Dairy – the future of milk pricing and marketing

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There is an increased drive world-wide towards reporting on environmental sustainability in agriculture and forestry; but why, and how is it being done? In this panel session, speakers will share their journey towards accounting for environmental impacts of land-based enterprises, including the sector drivers, opportunities and obligations, innovation and incentives, and impacts for producers. The discussion will cover potential benefits for industry, investors and consumers, such as premium product positioning, reputation and social licence, maintaining market share and access to export markets, and consequent shareholder value. This session will cover several labour market issues in agriculture focusing on short-term issues such as labour challenges in seasonal work and migrant labour. It will also cover medium to long-term issues such as workforce retention and skills development. The session aims to understand some of the economic and policy challenges in agriculture and developing solutions to tackle structural barriers associated with employment, skills and workforce development. From deregulation to milk price claw backs to processor bidding wars -milk pricing in Australia has undergone significant transformation and scrutiny. The Australian Milk Price Initiative is positioning to be the next big transformation. This builds on the work of the recently implemented mandatory code of conduct to improve information transparency and level out bargaining power imbalances. This session will explore recent developments in milk pricing mechanisms and how it will affect the dairy industry in the future.

Presented in partnership with Dairy Australia
 
Dairy Australia logo

 
CHAIR: Fiona Breen, ABC CHAIR: Sarina Locke, ABC CHAIR: Charlie McElhone, Dairy Australia

Fiona Simson

National Farmers’ Federation

Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework

The Hon David Littleproud MP

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia

Opening comments

Janine Waller

Australian Dairy Products Federation

A deep dive into milk pricing and the value of milk across Australia - Milk Value Portal

Rayne van den Berg

Forico

Presenting Forico’s corporate sustainability with natural capital reporting

Louise Capel

ABARES sets the scene

Scott Briggs

Bridgecape Commodities

How a milk price hedging market can benefit Australian dairy

Ric Sinclair

CarbonAbility

Sustainability reporting: badge or business imperative?

Joanna Howe

University of Adelaide

Australia's migration program and labour challenges in the horticulture industry

Ann Gardiner

Gardiner Farms

Milk pricing- what has changed on the farm?

Sue Ogilvy

Farming for the Future

By all accounts: helping Australian producers improve their economic and environmental outcomes

Taryn Mielekamp

Fresh Produce Group

The future of horticulture’s workforce: a grower’s perspective

Mick Keogh

ACCC

The role of the dairy code in the future of the Australian dairy sector

 

Felicity Blackstock

La Trobe University

The role of education and extension in solving our agriculture workforce shortage - farmers and new recruits, we all have things to learn

 

11.00am – 11.30am (AEDT)

2.30pm – 3.00pm (AEDT)

4.00pm – 4.30pm (AEDT)

Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates) Visit ABARES and our partners at the Spotlight virtual exhibition in the Chime conference portal (access coming soon to registered delegates)