Outlook 2020 - Program and presentations

OUTLOOK 2020 ~ Practical steps to reaching $100 billion by 2030

TUESDAY 3 MARCH (9:00–11:00am)


9.00 – 9.30am

CHAIR: Nikolai Beilharz, ABC
​Welcome to Country

Opening address
The Hon David Littleproud MP
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management

​​​​Global and national context
9.30 – 11.00am

CHAIR: Nikolai Beilharz, ABC

Steve Hatfield-Dodds
Practical steps to reaching $100 billion by 2030

Stephen Halmarick
Commonwealth Bank of Australia
The global and Australian economic outlook and implications

Peter Varghese AO
University of Queensland
The shifting international outlook

11.00am11.30am ​Morning tea​​​​

TUESDAY 3 MARCH (11:30 – 1:00pm)


Agriculture in focus – outlook for commodities and farm incomes

CHAIR: Sarina Locke

Peter Gooday
Farm incomes and the commodity outlook

Maggie Zhou
Alibaba Group Australia & New Zealand
Empowering Chinese consumers: opportunities for Australian agriculture 

Hugh Killen
Australian Agricultural Company
The challenges of growing markets in an environment of more regulation and increased expectations from consumers

Chuck Magro
Nutrien Canada
Introduction to Nutrien and its role in sustainable agriculture

1:00 – 2.00pm Lunch​

TUESDAY 3 MARCH (2.00pm – 3.30pm) ​ ​




Drought and the grains supply chain

Farms of tomorrow

Keeping up with changing consumers

CHAIR: Steve Jefferies
Grains Research and Development Corporation

CHAIR: Nikolai Beilharz, ABC

CHAIR: Warwick Long

Duncan Rowland
Stock Feed Manufacturers' Council of Australia
Imported feed ingredients – why not?

Ruth Nettle
University of Melbourne
The role of people in farming transitions

Jo Jericho
Consumer preferences and the future of protein: new markets, trends and opportunities

Robyn Murray
Sourcing grain for consistent quality

Jock Whittle
Paraway Pastoral Company  
Corporate investment in agriculture

Sam Hole
How Syngenta is accelerating agricultural innovation in a changing world

Ross Kingwell
Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre
Australia's grains exports: changes and challenges towards 2030

Amy Munro
Australian Women in Agriculture
Farming and future opportunities

Richard Heath
Australian Farm Institute
How consumers will determine the pathway to $100 billion agriculture industry by 2030

Mark Torrens
Mars Petcare
From the farm gate to the pet food plate:
sourcing proteins and cereals in Asia Pacific
- a pet food perspective

James Pateras
Modular Farms Australia
An alternative farming system

David Blackmore
Blackmore Wagyu Beef
Practical reality of turning opportunity into business

3.304.00pm Afternoon tea
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TUESDAY 3 MARCH (4.00pm – 5.30pm) ​ ​




Marketing beef in a changing climate

Managing biosecurity along the supply chain

Prospects for growth in irrigated agriculture

CHAIR: Hsin Huang
International Meat Secretariat

CHAIR: Sarina Locke

CHAIR: Warwick Long

Jared Greenville
The GHG intensity of agriculture: implications for competitiveness and trade

Gabrielle Vivian-Smith
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
From local to global: safeguarding Australia’s plant health advantage

Francis Chiew
Water futures under climate change and the implications for irrigated agriculture in Australia

Mario Herrero
Disruption and innovation – trends in future food markets

Gavin Mackay
Mackays Bananas
Protecting our family

Chris Chilcott
The Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment: science to help inform policy, regulatory and investment decisions

Doug McNicholl
Meat & Livestock Australia
The red meat industry’s carbon neutral initiative: what is it, why do it, how will it be successful

Melinee Leather
Barfield Station, QLD
Importance of on-farm biosecurity for the beef industry

Robert Boshammer
Cambridge Gulf   
Opportunities and issues facing irrigation farm development in Northern Australia

Stephen Moore AM
North Australian Pastoral Company
Five Founders: Australia’s first carbon neutral beef

Rob Hanson
CSIRO Data 61
Harnessing the digital revolution for Australian farmers and land managers

Ben Haslett
Woolenook Fruits / Nuffield Scholar
My water addiction: the views of a southern basin irrigator

6.30pm for 7.00pm Conference dinner with Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry winners’ presentation
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WEDNESDAY 4 March (9:00 –11:00am)


9.00 – 9.30am
CHAIR: Sarina Locke

Ministerial address
To be advised

9.30am – 11.00am
The changing global trade landscape

​​​CHAIR: Sarina Locke

Jeffrey Schott
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Assessing the global outlook amid the fog of trade war

Eduardo Pedrosa
Pacific Economic Cooperation Council
Changing regional context for ASEAN: opportunities and challenges

Hsin Huang
International Meat Secretariat
Meat in the 21st century: responding to global challenges

11.00am11.30am ​Morning tea​​​​

WEDNESDAY 4 March (11.30am – 1.00pm)




Building resilience in an uncertain climate future

Opportunities and challenges for building natural capital on Australian farms

$100 billion by 2030: can horticulture do some heavy lifting?

CHAIR:Nikolai Beilharz 

CHAIR: Warwick Long

CHAIR: Sarina Locke

Neal Hughes
Understanding the effects of drought and climate change on Australian farms

Wendy Craik
Climate Change Authority
Natural capital: public and private benefits

Michael Rogers
Australian Fresh Produce Alliance
Careers in fresh produce: the fastest growing ag sector

Alister Hawksford
Bureau of Meteorology
Making decisions in a changing climate

Stuart Whitten
CSIRO Land and Water
Natural capital on farms: who benefits and who might pay?

Bisi Oladele
Jeftomson / Nuffield Scholar
Automating for growth – opportunities and challenges in packhouses

Anthony Clark
NSW Department of Primary Industries
Applications and monitoring to manage climate risk

Stewart Lockie
The Cairns Institute, James Cook University
Putting our money where our mouths are: buyer expectations and willingness to pay for natural capital

David De Paoli
AustChilli Group
Don’t be road kill

Dylan Hirsch
Hirsch Farming / Nuffield Scholar
Reducing drought exposure using financial instruments

Niels Olsen
The Soilkee System: capitalising on cycling natural resources

Emma Germano
I Love Farms / Victorian Farmers Federation / Nuffield Scholar
Low hanging fruit and long term investment - growing to $100 billion

1.00pm – 2.30pm Lunch and meet the winners of the 2020 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

WEDNESDAY 4 March (2.30pm – 4.00pm)


What would rapid growth in agriculture mean for regional Australia?  panel

Achieving the $100 billion target would fundamentally alter Australian agriculture. Farms will likely get much larger, the number of farmers will probably decline, and whole industries may shift or disappear while others emerge and grow. Some of these changes run counter to broader aspirations for regional Australia such as maintaining population levels and access to essential services. Achieving these goals also requires smart adaptation to broader trends in demographics, labour markets and new technologies. This session will explore the implications of these changes for regional Australia, and potential government and private sector responses.

CHAIR: Sarina Locke

​​​David Galeano
Structural change in Australian agriculture

Paul Lindwall
Productivity Commission
Regional Australia policy and the criteria for successful government intervention

Liz Ritchie
Regional Australia Institute
The need for a new intervention in regional Australia

Georgie Somerset
AgForce Queensland
Agriculture’s role in regional Australia and the policies needed to support it

Jo Palmer
Pointer Remote Roles and 2019 AgriFutures Australia Rural Women's Award National Winner
Using new technologies to secure skills in regional Australia

Fiona Simson
National Farmers’ Federation
Regional agriculture deals – a new approach to regional investment and agriculture supply chains

4.00pm afternoon tea and conferenc​e close

​​​ ​​​​​​ ​​​The theme of Outlook 2020 is Practical steps to reaching $100 billion by 2030