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.


General Manager, Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council

Michelle is General Manager at the Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) where she leads a team that tracks scientific evidence and consumer trends related to grains, and
their effect on human health, to identify opportunities for the grains industry. GLNC also actively engages with key influencers of consumer attitudes and behaviour to raise awareness of the role of grains in a healthy, balanced diet to reduce risk of chronic disease. Michelle began her career as a secondary school teacher, which she enjoyed for ten years before retraining to become a dietitian.


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.

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.