Thursday 25th March, 2010
Farming in Australia faces unprecedented change in the comingten years as the impacts of a drying climate, water constraints, rising energy and input costs and carbon emission trading are factored into the management of local businesses, both rural and non-rural. Whilst each of these will add to the challenges influencing farm productivity, profitability and sustainability it can be argued that they are significantly outweighed by the opportunities for agriculture in a world where food security is firmly back on the ‘radar screen’ of decision-makers.
Peter Corish OAM
Chairman of PrimeAg and former President of the National Farmers Federation, Peter Corish has been actively involved in agriculture since 1973. With his family, Peter owns and operates a farming business based in Goondiwindi, Queensland, with properties in New South Wales and Queensland comprising 7000ha of irrigation land, 3000ha of dry-land farming and 5000ha of grazing land spread over six properties. The Corish family produce irrigated cotton as well as dry-farming cereals, oilseeds, beef and
Professor Ross Kingwell
An agricultural economist with over 25 years experience in research and provision of policy advice, he is currently employed as chief economist in the Department of Agriculture and Food (WA) and as a professor in agricultural economics at the University of Western Australia. He’s president of AARES and has over 100 published book chapters and articles in peer reviewed journals. He has wide experience spanning strategic analysis through to farm-level analysis. His chief research interest is farming systems research
Nuffield Scholar and Chairman of the Southern Regional Panel of the Grains Research & Development Corporation, David Shannon of Kapunda, South Australia possesses a diverse range of expertise and skills. A grain producer and exporter with over 27 years experience he has, as an industry representative and corporate director, developed strong networks and relationships within and across all sectors of Australian rural industries. Major strengths include breadth of experience, excellent networking and stakeholder engagement, strategic management and extensive experience in representing rural industries to improve the profi tability of producers and sustainability of the environment. David’s leadership positions include Founding Chairman Australian Durum Industry Association, Chairman SA Durum Industry Association, Member of the University Farms Advisory Board at the University of Adelaide. From 1981 until 2009 David was Owner/Director of Illawarra, a 2650ha cropping and sheep property at Kapunda, with 1450ha of crops including wheat, durum, barley, triticale, oats, canola, peas, faba beans, lupins and vetch. For fi ve years until 2009, David was Owner/Director of Westmore Pastoral Co - a 2700ha beef cattle, sheep and potato property at Marrawah, Tasmania. A Registered Architect, David is also a Member of SA No-Till Farmers Association, Member SA Crop Science Society and belongs to the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Sally Hawkins and her husband Wayne live at Frances, South Australia and are owners of Circle H Farms, with properties owned or leased in Frances and in the Victorian areas around Nhill, Goroke and Harrow. Since 1996, they have increased the holdings of Circle H Farms from 1000ha of owned and 240ha of leased land, to their current operation that comprises 2553ha and 4978ha of owned and leased land respectively. The company’s enterprises include the production of crops, sheepmeat and fodder and the use of 8 centre pivot irrigators. Sally and Wayne are positive and optimistic about the future of farming and realise the importance of adapting to change and being innovative. They emphasise the importance of continuing education and learning as they seek to remain at the forefront of agricultural development. Sally is excited about the prospects for farming in the coming decade. In addition to her farming achievements, Sally has a Bachelor of Business Studies, strong fi nancial and personnel skills, and has still found time to contribute to her local community through involvement on numerous committees.