Upcoming Investment in Agriculture Forum

Hi All


Apologies if you have already received…..Please see detail below and attached for the upcoming Investment in Agriculture Forum being held by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Toowoomba, 21 February, 2017. Spaces are limited, so register now to secure a place!


Fantastic line up of national and international speakers for the Investment in Agriculture Forum 2017…..this is an opportunity for agribusinesses to gain a comprehensive understanding of what is required to become investor ready, learn about the different investment models & strategies available for Ag and hear from presenters about the real opportunities. Please feel free to forward on!


Date: 21 February 2017, Toowoomba

Venue: Burke & Wills Hotel, 554 Ruthven Street

Start time: Doors open 9.00am for 10am start


# Morning tea and lunch provided


This is a free event. Registration required….email  - rebecca.morrissy@daf.qld.gov.au





Speakers include:


SESSION 1 - Understanding the Investment landscape for Australian Agriculture


-        What is required for Australian agriculture to capitalise on the future investment potential from both domestic and international investors. Professor Julie CotterCentre Director Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development, University of Southern Queensland.

-        Requirements for being investor ready—Considerations required when assessing the best structure for investment and the preferred option for different Agricultural sectors exploring investment. Brendan GouldingDirector of International Services, Bentley’s International Advisory.

-        What’s driving foreign investment in Australian Agriculture, investment trends and the ever changing investment landscape. Marc SoccioRabo Bank, Senior Analyst, Wine, Horticulture and Rural Economics, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory

-        Austrade’s role in facilitating foreign investment to the Agribusiness and Food Sector, highlighting foreign investor’s current sectors of interest and future opportunities. Tony EyresAustrade, Senior Investment Specialist, Agribusiness and Food.

-        National Farming Together program. Australian Government initiative aimed at boosting farmer co-ops, collaborations and collective groups to secure more investment and improve farm gate returns. Lorraine GordonDirector FarmingTogether program.




SESSION 2 - Opportunities for investment in Australian Agriculture


-        Considerations for Successfully attracting investment—Learn firsthand from Stahmann Farms CEO considerations when entering into the ‘investment ready process’, the challenges and opportunities investments or partners can provide to your organisation to help drive innovation and world’s best practice. Ross Burling— CEO Stahmann Farms.

-        Investment in Horticulture—Current opportunities, investment models and lessons learnt in developing Australian horticulture through investment. Peter O’Donnell Director, Southern Cross Farms, Investment and farm management group.

-        Investment in Broadacre Farming and Livestock—Current opportunities, investment models and lessons learnt in developing Australian farming systems through investment Andrew ParkesDirector, Customised Farm Management Pty Ltd.

-        Private Equity investment in Australian Agriculture—Understanding the opportunities for Agriculture, along with the challenges and pitfalls of engaging a private equity partner—Blue Sky Real Assets.




Kind Regards





Justin Heaven

Senior Industry Development Officer (Horticulture)

Regions and Industry Development

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


T 07 46816142 M 0455 052 586 F 07 4681 1769

justin.heaven@daf.qld.gov.au  W www.daf.qld.gov.au

Applethorpe Research Facility, New England Hwy, Applethorpe Q 4378

Postal – 3 Roessler Ave, Applethorpe Q 4378


Author: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries