University of New England – Rural Focus Symposium, David Sackett

University of New England – Rural Focus Symposium, David Sackett

25 July 2019

The 2019 Rural Focus Symposium was held at the University of New England on 25 July 2019. It featured 9 leading representatives in the Australian Agricultural industry, including David Sackett, Managing Director of Growth Farms Australia.

With a theme of “Family or Corporate Farming – Learning from Each Other”, the symposium aimed to answer the following questions: How is farming changing? What are the key measures used by successful operators? How can you collaborate to grow and remain competitive? David delivered a presentation about corporate farming, agricultural investment, and the importance of measuring performance through yield and capital appreciation.

Other speakers included: Simon Fritsch, Director of Agripath; Jock Whittle, CEO of Paraway Pastoral Co; David Brownhill, Partner at Merrilong Pastoral Company; Dr Lou Conway, Director of UNE SMART Region Incubator; Andrew Roberts, Co-Founder of Farm Owners Academy; Charles Coventry, CEO at Archill Station; Sam Ditchfield, Marketing Consultant for Ebor Beef; Derek Baker, Professor of Agribusiness and Value Chains at UNE.

The Symposium was a part of Ag Week 2019, aimed at encouraging and involving the next generation of farmers.

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