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Guest speakers are influential in the agricultural sector or among rural communities and are chosen for their preparedness and willingness to offer authoritative, frank and newsworthy commentary and perspectives on issues of current or emerging importance.

Speakers 2017

March 31: Farm Writers hosted a Panel Discussion Biosecurity: National Strategies & International Challenges. The panel comprised of Dr Helen Scott-Orr (Australia’s inaugural Inspector-General of Biosecurity), Mellissa Wood (General Manager of Global Programs at the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research) and Lucinda Corrigan (Director of Rennylea Pastoral Company). The Panel was chaired by Sarina Locke (ABC Rural national reporter). Panel discussion can be viewed here. Individual speeches can be viewed by clicking on Panellist’s name.

April 28: John Dunn, CEO Egg Farmers of Australia, the newly formed national representative organisation for Australian Egg Farmers representing over 9% of Australia’s egg production discussed the engagement that is currently being undertaken with state governments on the Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the poultry industry. Part 1 can be viewed here and Part 2 here.  

Friday 26 May, Barry Irvin - Executive Chairman, Bega Cheese addressed Farm Writers on the on the current state of play in the Australian Dairy industry and the future direction of Bega Cheese. His speech can be viewed here

Speakers 2016

March 4: Andrew Spencer, CEO – Australian Pork Limited. Andrew Spencer discusses the work Australian Pork Limited are conducting around research, development and marketing with a particular focus on Asian marketing strategies, traceability and product differentiation. Part 1 and Part 2

May 27: Rowan McMonnies - Baker & McKenzie. ‘Agriculture and the Belle Époque for Competition and Consumer Protection policy’ – Rowan discussed a range of current market issues regarding competition and consumer protection in the agriculture sector including merger control, misuse of market power and consumer protection following the decision of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to add a dedicated agriculture resources unit. Part 1 and Part 2

July 8: Alison Penfold, CEO – Australian Livestock Exporters' Council (ALEC) addressed Farm Writers on the significant gains made in animal welfare such as high tech traceability and the Exporter Supply Chain Assurance System;  comments with regard to five years on from the Federal Government suspension of live trade to Indonesia and views on the future of this market opportunity; the growth of Asian cattle markets in particular the recent China live trade agreement providing unprecedented market access for Australian cattle and her thoughts on new opportunities and markets and social media and its influence on the industry. Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3

August 19: Farm Writers 50th Anniversary Lunch - Strangers Dining Room - Parliament House. Life Member, Stuart Hutton dug back through the archives to provide an overview of Farm Writers 50 years. The working title for the first meeting with the Jumbunna Club and membership was restricted to working journalists, and membership fees were $1. Click here for Stuart’s recap on the first 50 years.

Patron of Farm Writers, the Hon. Niall Blair MLC, Minister for Primary Industries also acknowledge the role Farm Writers has played in fostering communication about and promoting the interests of rural and regional NSW. Click here to watch the Minister’s speech.

October 21: Adam Kay, CEO – Cotton Australia addressed Farm Writers Part 1 Part 2

December 8: The Hon. Niall Blair, MLC - NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water & Deputy Leader of the Nationals. Part 1 Part 2

Speakers 2015

February 20: Major General, The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO(Mil), CVO, MC(Retd) Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 View a copy of General Jeffery's speech here

March 2: 2015 NSW Primary Industries Portfolio Debate. The Hon. Katrina Hodgkinson, MP Minister for Primary Industries went head to head with The Hon. Steve Whan, MLC Shadow Minister for Resources and Primary Industries on who has the best plans and policies to make agriculture prosper in this state. The Debate was facilitated by Peter Fray, Deputy Editor, The Australian. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

May 13: Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture discussed what was in the Federal Budget for Agriculture Part 1 Part 2A transcript of the Senator's speech can be viewed on his website by clicking here.

June 5: What do the new Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) rules mean for purchases of agricultural land and agribusiness. Panel included Fiona Simson (President - NSW Farmers), Malcolm Brennan (Partner - King & Wood Mallesons), Nick Gill (Director - Agricultural Real Estate – Funds Management, Challenger Limited). Panel discussion was facilitated by Andrew Marshall (Associate Editor - The Land). Part 1 and Part 2 can be viewed here.

July 31: Matt Brand, CEO of NSW Farmers addressed Farm Writers about how a unified and streamlined model of farmer representation in Australia would look. Part 1 Part 2 and Part 3 can be viewed here.

October 12: “Why Australian? – Innovation from Fork to Farm” - Monday October 12. This event was hosted by the Australian Council of Agricultural Journalists and the Rural R&D Corporations at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. The panel included Mick Keogh, CEO - Australian Farm Institute, Edwina Beveridge - Pork Producer, Blantyre Farms, and Member, NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council, Dr Ben McNeil - Founder and CEO, Thinkable.org, Markus Rediger - President, International Federation of Agricultural Journalists, Georgia Twomey - Rabobank, Commodity Analyst, Dr Robert Fitch - University of Sydney. The webcast can be viewed here

October 23: "Australian grain industry: the view from within" - GrainCorp Managing Director and CEO, Mr Mark Palmquist addressed the Farm Writers Lunch on Friday October 23. Mark's speech focused on diversification and consolidation, supply chain investment and the fight for customer relevance. Part 1 and Part 2 of Mark's speech can be viewed here.

November 27: "Growing the Gourmet Pie: How consumer preference is shaking up the agri-food sector" - Gary Dawson the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Food and Grocery Council addressed the Farm Writers. Part 1 and Part 2 can be viewed here. 

December 9: Farm Writers Christmas Lunch and announcement of the 2015 NSW Farmer of the Year. Our Patron, the Hon. Niall Blair, MLC - NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Lands and Water provided an overview of the previous twelve months and the Government’s agenda for 2016. Part 1 and Part 2 can be viewed here. 

Speakers 2014

October 31: Richard Norton, Managing Director - Meat and Livestock Australia Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

September 26: Greg McNamara, Chairman NORCO Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

August 29: Mark Allison, CEO Elders Limited Part 1 Part 2 

July 25: The Hon. Barnaby Joyce MP, Minister for Agriculture Part 1 Part 2

June 27: Mitch Hooke on 'Understanding Political Capital and how to make the most of it in the long term' Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Part 5

May 30: John Corbett, Director Hassad Australia Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

February 28: Malcolm Brennan, King & Wood Mallesons Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

Speakers 2013

November 26: Mike Logan, CEO DairyConnect

September 27: Greg Hywood, CEO & Managing Director Fairfax Limited Part 1 Part 2

September 6: Jed Matz, CEO Cattle Council of Australia Part 1 Part 2

August 29: Special pre-election breakfast, The Hon. Warren Truss MP - Leader of the Nationals Part 1, The Hon. John Cobb -  Shadow Agriculture Minister MP Part 1 Part 2, Senator The Hon. Richard Colebeck - Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Fisheries and Forestry Part 1

July 26: Alison Watkins, CEO & Managing Director GrainCorp Pty Ltd Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

June 28: Dr John Keniry, Commissioner Natural Resources Commission Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

May 31: Duncan Fraser, President National Farmers Federation Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

April 19: Colin Bell, Bell Potter

March 22: Mick Keogh, Executive Director - Australian Farm Institute

March 1: Dr John Williams, former Commissioner Natural Resources Commission

Speakers 2012

November 30: Stuart McCullough, CEO Australian Wool Innovation Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

October 26: Chris Aucote, President Australian Grain Exporters Association Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

September 28: Tim Jelbart, Colliers International

On video Part 1  Part 2

August 31: The Hon John Cobb MP

On video Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

June 29: Scott Hansen, CEO Meat and Livestock Australia

On video Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4

April 27: Craig Knowles, Chairman of Murray Darling Basin Commission

On video Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

March 29: Kevin McBain, CEO of Inghams Enterprises

On video Part 1  Part 2  Part 3

February 24: Ian Zandstra, Chairman of Dairy Farmers Milk Cooperative.

On video.  Part 1   Part 2   Part 3

 

Speakers 2009

Speaker Marco Ferroni
Position/Organisation Executive Director, Syngenta Foundation
Topic What can Australia do to feed nine billion people (and counting)? (1.19MB PDF)
Date 27/10/2009

Speakers 2008

Speaker John Porter
Position/Organisation CEO Austar
Topic NSW Farmwriters annual Media Leader Address (90KB PDF)
Date 31/10/2008
 
Speaker Mike Guerin
Position/Organisation Managing Director Elders
Topic Bulls in the future for Elders? (1.1MB Power Point)
Date 29/08/2008
 
Speaker Richard Koch
Position/Organisation Managing Director of ProFarmer Australia
Topic Are the days of cheap grain over?
Date 24/04/2008

Speakers 2007

Speaker David Kirk
Position/Organisation CEO of Fairfax Media
Topic Fairfax Media and their Next Frontier (40KB PDF)
Date 23/11/2007
 
Speaker Hon Peter McGauran
Position/Organisation Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry
Topic Strengthening Australian Agriculture: The Coalition’s Agriculture Policy Launch.
Date 13/11/2007
 
Speaker Senator Kerry O’Brien
Position/Organisation Shadow Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Forestry
Topic Labor’s vision for Australian Agriculture (100KB PDF)
Date 26/10/2007