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Rice - should we or shouldn't we?

Laurie Arthur, Chairman of Sunrice at Farm Writers

Friday 31 May 2019

Australia is among the most arid countries in the world. As drought continues and irrigators in the heart of Australia’s rice industry are faced with zero water allocations, why should we continue to grow rice here? Should Australia retain a single desk for rice exports? And will we be able to grow rice under climate change? 
Join us at Farm Writers on Friday 31 May to hear Laurie Arthur argue why rice is a valuable crop for Australia and those who choose to grow it, and how Riverina farmers have evolved to be regarded as the most efficient rice growers in the world. Laurie is a rice grower, water policy expert and Chairman of leading Australian branded foods company SunRice, which listed on the ASX in April. He will talk about how SunRice’s evolution from a commodity processor into an international FMCG company has built commercial resilience into the business, supporting the longevity of Australia’s rice industry.
Date: Friday 31 May 2019
Time: 12pm for 12:30pm
Venue: The Grace Hotel, York St Sydney
Cost: $80 Members or $100 Non-Members (Corporate Members may reserve tables of 10 people for this event.)
Bookings close on  Tuesday 28th May

Welcome to Farm Writers

The Farm Writers' Association of NSW was established in 1966 as the Farm Writers' and Broadcasters' Society of NSW.

Its aim is to foster communication about and promote the interests of rural Australia in general and the NSW farm sector in particular.

Farm Writers plays an important role in helping to strengthen links and understanding between the rural sector and the wider Australian community.

Regular forums held in Sydney provide a unique and respected platform for industry leaders, expert commentators, entrepreneurs and activists to communicate with a wide range of audiences and influencers.

The Association also provides a forum for rural journalists and other agri-communicators to discuss rural industry developments and issues in a networking environment with people involved in farming, food and fibre processing, marketing, regulation, and rural politics.

Farm Writers invites you to join us at our monthly lunch seminars and at Agribuzz, our quarterly evening networking functions.

Speaker presentations 

Farm Writers hosted the 2019 NSW Primary Industries Portfolio Debate in the lead up to the State Election. The Hon. Niall Blair MLC, Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water, Trade and Industry and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council went head to head with the Hon. Mick Veitch MLC, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Rural Affairs, Lands and Western NSW about who has the best plans and policies to make agriculture prosper in NSW.

Prior speakers can be accessed via the Speakers Archives link and are on our YouTube channel.



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