AgriVictoria to explore new global opportunities
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.