Forum - Health and Nutritional Drivers for Agriculture

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The CSA (Centre for the Study of Agribusiness) will be hosting the following forum


Health and Nutritional Drivers for Agriculture

There is a drive for health and nutrition in our diets that is changing the way we produce and market our agricultural products. Presenters will provide a range of scientific facts and marketing insights into some of the opportunities and challenges emerging for agriculture to supply innovative and nutritional food products.

When Wednesday 19th July at 9.00am
Where Ivo Dean Centre, Marcus Oldham
RSVP  Friday 14th July 2017 to or
ph: 03 5243 3533

For further information please download the flyer below:

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Dr Stephen smith

Regents Professor, Meat Science, Texas A&M University

After serving in the U.S. Army, Stephen obtained a BSc (Biology) from California State College, Bakersfield, and a PhD (Metabolic Physiology) from the University of California, Davis. Stephen was a postdoctoral research associate and subsequently a Research Chemist at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. In 1983 he joined the Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University where he received the Regents Professor Award and was awarded Texas A&M Faculty Fellow in 2014.

bruce symons

Managing Director, Symons Organic Dairy, Dairy Industry Consultant

Bruce is a third generation milkman from Bendigo, with the family business dating back to 1919. A business that recently launched a range of organic cheeses under the family name. Bruce completed an Agriculture degree at Melbourne University in 1988 and in 2003 completed a Master’s degree with a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurial enterprises.


Professor in Biochemistry & Nutrition, Veterinary & Animal Science

Dave grew up on the family farm in South Australia, that is now run by his brother. He trained in Agricultural Science at Adelaide University and then completed a doctorate at Cambridge University, UK. He has worked in the farm animal industries for 37 years post-graduation, as a university academic, researcher, teacher and industry practitioner.

Dr Sara Grafenauer

General Manager, Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council

Sara is an AdvAPD and author with experience in health, food industry (consulting and brand management) and tertiary education. Her PhD research focused on dietary patterns and dietary change in weight loss. She is a Fellow of the University of Wollongong providing lectures and student supervision. Her more recent research leverages social media in large scale health promotion and as a research tool. She has additional qualifications in Communications and Public Relations and significant work history leading marketing and communications for the Dietitians Association of Australia. Her interests also include paediatric nutrition, particularly early feeding. She is an inspirational dietitian and an excellent cook.