Future Farming: The next wave of agricultural innovation

Future Farming: The next wave of agricultural innovation

Nov 11
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Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture
David Farley, Executive Chairman, Matrix Commodities
Karen Schneider, Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Event overview

Investment in research and development, technology and innovation will be crucial for Australian agribusiness to take advantage of growth opportunities in international markets.

In October 2014 the Federal Government launched a $100 million Rural R&D for Profit Programme to boost agricultural productivity, calling for industry and researchers to "think outside the box" and "develop new collaborations."

Join CEDA to learn more about the programme as our expert speakers discuss the strategic direction of Australia's agricultural research and the reform opportunities to promote:

  • Effective and targeted government support;
  • Private sector investment and partnerships in agricultural R&D;
  • Early adoption of new, productivity-boosting technologies;
  • Innovation in management practices, such as supply chain and export marketing.

Meet the speakers

Senator the Hon. Richard Colbeck
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture

Senator Colbeck was elected a Senator of Tasmania in 2001 and commenced duties in February 2002. In the Howard Government he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and Parliamentary Secretary for Finance. In 2013 Senator Colbeck was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture.

David Farley
Executive Chairman, Matrix Commodities

David is the former Managing Director and CEO of Colly Cotton (1983 to 2000) and Australian Agricultural Company (2009 to 2013). He is currently Executive Chairman of Matrix Commodities, a consultant to agribusiness and a soft commodity trader of agricultural products. David also authored a Chapter in CEDA's Setting Public Policy report in 2013 on the Challenges for Northern Australia.

Karen Schneider
Executive Director, Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES)

Karen was appointed Executive Director of ABARES in November 2013. In this position she oversees the Bureau's program of work, including research and commodity analysis. Karen spent eight years as an analyst at the International Energy Agency at the OECD, following several positions as an economist in the Australian public service

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