AgriVic­to­ria to explore new global op­por­tu­ni­ties

Australian Farmers & Dealers Journal - - NEWS -

THE in­au­gu­ral AgriVic­to­ria – State of Op­por­tu­nity sum­mit to be held on June 11 will explore vi­tal do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tions, new in­no­va­tions and pro­vide real busi­ness so­lu­tions for farm­ers, pro­duc­ers and in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als from across food and fi­bre value chains. AgriVic­to­ria is be­ing de­liv­ered in col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween The Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion, The Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Vic­to­ria, ANZ, Price­wa­ter­house­Coop­ers, The Vic­to­rian Agribusi­ness Coun­cil and The Global Foun­da­tion and will be held at the Park Hy­att in Mel­bourne. The sum­mit will also be sup­ported by the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment and will fo­cus on help­ing en­sure that Vic­to­rian agribusi­ness is well placed to take ad­van­tage of trade and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties. ANZ Head of Re­gional Bank­ing Vic­to­ria and Tas­ma­nia Si­mone Til­ley said AgriVic­to­ria will bring to­gether some di­verse and in­flu­en­tial speak­ers from across the agri­cul­tural sec­tor to in­form and chal­lenge at­ten­dees on a range of top­ics in­clud­ing trade, eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and the fu­ture of the in­dus­try. “If you would like to hear from some of the in­dus­try's most in­spir­ing thought lead­ers about how you can seize emerg­ing global in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties, then this event is for you,” Ms Til­ley said. Among the im­pres­sive line-up of speak­ers is Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Tal­bot. Mr Tal­bot was ap­pointed as CEO of the NFF in Septem­ber 2014. Prior to join­ing the NFF, he was a direc­tor at Mon­delēz In­ter­na­tional (pre­vi­ously known as Kraft Foods & Cad­bury) for seven years, head­ing the cor­po­rate af­fairs func­tion for Aus­tralia and New Zealand and lead­ing agri­cul­tural in­vest­ment in the Asia-Pa­cific, where he was re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and ex­e­cu­tion of food strate­gies in Aus­tralia, New Zealand, China, Viet­nam and In­done­sia. Mr Tal­bot is an ex­ten­sive con­trib­u­tor to food man­u­fac­tur­ing and Asian Cen­tury pol­icy. He has led the de­vel­op­ment of an ex­ten­sive and col­lab­o­ra­tive white paper ad­dress­ing how Aus­tralian food pro­cess­ing and as­so­ci­ated agri­cul­tural supply chain can sub­stan­tially im­prove its in­no­va­tion ca­pac­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness as an in­dus­try. The paper out­lines eco­nomic and other crit­i­cal re­quire­ments re­quired to de­velop a suc­cess­ful in­no­va­tion hub and a strat­egy to ad­vance food man­u­fac­tur­ing in Aus­tralia and into Asia. Other guest speak­ers will in­clude PWC Part­ner, Andrew Parker; Dairy Aus­tralia's Project Man­ager/Farm Busi­ness Man­age­ment Ca­pa­bil­i­ties, Neil Lane; Direc­tor of Agribusi­ness Re­search, ANZ In­sights, Michael White­head; and Austrade's Trade Man­ager Agribusi­ness, Andrew Barnes. VFF Pres­i­dent Peter Tuo­hey said AgriVic­to­ria is also a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to net­work with key lo­cal agribusi­ness in­dus­try play­ers, meet with real buy­ers and make strate­gic con­nec­tions that will fa­cil­i­tate in­ter­na­tional mar­ket ac­cess. The sum­mit will be fol­lowed by Vic­to­ria's premier agri­cul­tural event, Agriculture: The Heart of Vic­to­ria din­ner. Pre­sented by The VFF and The RASV at Cen­tral Pier, Dock­lands, this highly an­tic­i­pated night of nights will recog­nise the im­por­tance of Vic­to­ria's agri­cul­tural in­dus­try and show­case some of the states finest lo­cal produce. RASV chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Mark O'Sul­li­van said RASV was pleased to again be part­ner­ing with VFF to build on the success of pre­vi­ous years' events; with the last Heart of Vic­to­ria din­ner at­tract­ing more than 850 peo­ple. Tick­ets for the AgriVic­to­ria – State of Op­por­tu­nity sum­mit and Agriculture: The Heart of Vic­to­ria din­ner are on sale now.

• De­tails: http://www.agrivic­to­ria.com.au

Na­tional Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Tal­bot will be a guest speaker at AgriVic­to­ria in June.

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