Taking agriculture to the next level at AgriFutures NextGen

Rural entrepreneur Airlie Landale will be a guest speaker.

AgriFutures Australia is partnering with Henty Machinery Field Days to host the AgriFutures NextGEN 2019 speaker events in 2019.

As an organisation proudly focusing on the future of Australian agriculture, HMFD is pleased to host the inaugural AgriFutures NextGEN 2019.

The speaker events will reflect the future of agriculture, the people who live and work in the regions and the interests and aspirations of farmers and rural communities.

2019 NSW-ACT AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award winner Jo Palmer will facilitate five panel sessions over the three days at site 565.

The sessions will look at the next generation of agriculture, rural communities, agtech and machinery.

The opening session on Tuesday, September 17 at 10am is titled “Rural issues of the future – the next gen’s views”.

This panel session includes Jen Medway, AgriFutures Australia, Charlie Bergmeier, 2019 Horizon Scholar and Simone Kain, a 2019 AgriFutures Australia Ignite Advisory Panel member.

“As a future-thinking organisation, AgriFutures Australia not only tackles the rural challenges and opportunities we face today, but unearths the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow,” Ms Palmer said.

“In addition to research and development, AgriFutures Australia runs a number of programs and initiatives that attract capable people into careers in agriculture, build the capabilities of future rural leaders, and supports change makers and thought leaders.”

The afternoon session on Tuesday, starting at 2pm, will explore “NextGEN Ag – career pathways in Australian agriculture”.

Panellists are agronomist Stephanie Clancy, rural entrepreneur Airlie Landale and beef cattle consultant Alison Hamilton.

“Career opportunities in Australian agriculture are growing exponentially and this panel session will look at the varied career paths to date for three professionals in agriculture,” Ms Palmer said.

AgriFutures NextGEN kicks off on Wednesday at 10am with the topic, “Future proofing towns – building businesses in rural areas”.

“The case study is Holbrook – when a major national highway bypassed the rural community there were fears business would dry up and the town would suffer,” Ms Palmer said.

“The bypass of the Hume Highway has seen a gentrification of the main street and a variety of new businesses open their doors.

“This panel session will include three business owners who have seized the opportunity to create thriving businesses in the main street of Holbrook; Sarah King, Bridie Heriot and Martha Satchell.”

The second session on Wednesday at 2pm focuses on “Technology of the future – machinery moving forward”.

“With productivity, sustainability and innovation on everyone’s mind in Australia agriculture, this panel session will demonstrate how technology is driving innovation in the machinery of the future,” Ms Palmer said.

“Our panel includes Andrew Watt, Hutcheon and Pearce, and Lachlan Feeney, Australian UAV.”

“Ag Tech – next level agriculture” is the topic for the AgriFutures NextGEN final session on Thursday at 10am.

“When an entrepreneur sees a problem, they create a solution,” Ms Palmer said.

“This speaker session includes four innovators who have solved major pain points for many in rural communities.

“They are Dan Winson from Zetifi, Jock Graham from Wi-Sky, Anthony Rudd from I-AG and and Lisa McFadyen from Secure Impact.”