AgFutures - Innovation and Investment Conference
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AgFutures - Innovation and Investment Conference

AgFutures - Innovation and Investment Conference

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Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Merivale Street

South Brisbane, QLD 4101


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The future of agriculture and the opportunities associated with feeding a global population of nine billion by 2050 relies on the adoption of new technologies, business systems, industry-wide investment and innovation.

AgFutures 2016 will showcase two critically-important areas driving industry development and expansion – agri-tech opportunities and global investment within the sector.

Internationally-renowned researchers and innovators will demonstrate the latest agri-tech developments and applications - from digital and data platforms, to robotics, satellites, and bio-technologies.

Experts from the business and investment community will also discuss emerging trends, business opportunities and capital models from the farm gate to agribusiness, agri-tech, processing and research.

This two-day conference is a must for any industry representative – producers, researchers, policy makers, agribusiness representatives – and will provide an outstanding opportunity to network and participate in thought-provoking discussion.

Industry Leaders and Experts

AgFutures 2016 will feature an array of international and Australian-speakers, experts in their respective fields and at forefront of innovation and industry advancements.



9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Session One: The Big Picture

The first session will set the scene – the requirement to feed a global population of 9 billion by 2050 and what this means for international  industry developments and, more specifically, Australian agriculture. Key topics will include digital disruption and its impact on agricultural technology.  This session will also include a farm gate perspective on agri-technology and its implementation at a grassroots level.

Session Two: Agri-technologies Showcase (Part One)
Hear about the latest innovations across digital and data platforms, robotics and automation, spatial and satellites. Presenters will outline emerging trends as well as practical applications.

Session Three: Agri-technologies Showcase (Part Two)
The agri-technologies showcase continues with a focus on weather, irrigation, nano and gene technologies. Presenters will outline latest advancements as well as practical applications.

Session Four: Bio-commodities and challenges for the future
This final session will explore opportunities associated with bio-commodities and bio-technologies, market applications and impact on the industry.

Keynote speakers:

Rob Cairns,  Head of Corporate Affairs Australasia - Syngenta

Ros Harvey, Managing Director - The Yield

Professor David Lamb, Precision Agriculture Research Group - University of New England

Professor Robert Henry - Queensland Alliance for Agriculture & Food Innovation

Professor Roger Stone -  International Centre for Applied Climate Sciences, University of Southern Queensland

Dr Wayne Jorgensen - Applied Biotechnology and Intensive Livestock, Qld Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Professor Steven Raine - Institute for Agriculture and the Environment, University of Southern Queensland

Professor Tristan Perez - Robotics and Autonomous Systems, Queensland University of Technology

Dr Dave Henry, Principal Research Scientist - CSIRO

Geoff Bell, Chief Executive Officer - Microbiogen

Professor Ian O'Hara, Principal Research Scientist - Queensland University of Technology

Associate Professor Neena Mitter - Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation

Murray McLaughlin, Advisor - Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (Canada)

Dr Hugh Bradlow, Chief Scientist - Telstra Corporation


6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start

Join us for a 3-course dinner and address from one of Australia’s respected agricultural commentators. 

Mick Keogh, Executive Director - Australian Farm Institute



8.30 am – 3.00 pm

Session One: Global Developments and Local Opportunities

Hear from leading business experts about global investment trends and opportunities for Australian agriculture. The focus will be on investment at the farm gate, as well as agri-tech and research. The Queensland Investment Corporation will discuss its $400 million investment in the North Australian Pastoral Company, and its outlook for the sector.

Session Two: Agri-tech Investment Showcase
Dr Jaleh Daie, Managing Partner in US-based Aurora Equity will discuss investment global trends in agri-tech investment across a broad range of technologies and consumer products. Additional presenters will also discuss issues associated with accelerating agri-tech companies.

Session Three: Alternate Investment Models and Northern Opportunities
The final session will cover two key topics. Firstly, industry experts will discuss and debate a range of alternative investment and capital models for use at the farm gate, and for agri-technology and research. Discussion will include opportunities for small to medium enterprises.

A final panel discussion entitled ‘Northern Exposure’ will discuss opportunities in agriculture and aquaculture in North Queensland, investment and the role of agri-tech.

Keynote speakers:

Dr Jaleh Daie, Managing Partner - Aurora Equity (USA)

Ian Proudfoot, Global Head of Agribusiness - KPMG (NZ)

Phil Cummins, Principal Global Private Equity - Queensland Investment Corporation

Alexandra Gartmann, CEO and Managing Director - Rural Bank

Kim Morison, Executive Director - Blue Sky Water Partners Pty Ltd

Tom Howard, General Manager Grower Services and Agronomic Development - SunRice

Matt West, General Manager and President - Australian Prawn Farms and Australian Prawn Farmers Association

Dr Ben Lyons, CEO - Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise Group

Professor Sagadevan Mundree, Director of Centre for Tropical Crop and Biocommodities - Queensland University of Technology

Peter Stone, Research Director - CSIRO

Sam Trethewey, General Manager - SproutX

Tim McGavin, CEO and Investment Director - Laguna Bay

Alex Gruszka, Data and Insights - StartupAUS

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