Global industry leaders converge at Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference

On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th of November, Siecap Senior Advisor and Agribusiness expert John Storie attended the Australian Farm Institute’s Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference 2017 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

The conference served as an important networking opportunity for innovative agricultural producers, supply chain leaders, agribusiness professionals, policy-makers and lead researchers.


Key minds of the agriculture and agribusiness sectors came together at the conference to discuss the role of effective partnerships in significant agricultural and regional issues. A diverse range of topics were covered, including energy, corporate investment, decentralisation and the future agricultural workforce.

At the gala dinner on Thursday night, Ali Capper, Chair of the UK National Farmers Union Horticulture and Potatoes Board, shared insights into the complexities of Brexit and discussed Australia’s potential trade participation.


Chief Economist and Deputy Director Public Policy Department, American Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Young opened the roundtable conference on Friday morning and spoke about trade and employment issues, as well as Donald Trump’s influence on world trade and the implications for Australia.

During the energy session on Friday afternoon, Meralli Projects Director and Famer, David Mailler presented about the construction of large solar farms and the significant business opportunities that exist in renewable energy.


A range of corporate investment partnership models were presented in the final session on Friday, which have the potential to redefine how farm businesses are developed. Kim Morison from Blue Sky Alternative Investments offered strategies on how to deal with risk management in the investment world.

John Storie said the Australian Agriculture Roundtable Conference was a valuable event that showcased some of the brightest minds in agriculture and agribusiness.

“It was fantastic to hear a broad array of innovative insights about partnering for success across the four key agricultural and regional issues presented and to engage in avid discussions about the future of agribusiness,” said Storie.