International experts headline 2017 Australian Grains Industry Conference

Grain Central, June 28, 2017

A STELLAR line-up of international and local CEOs and experts provides unparalleled opportunities for delegates attending the Australian Grains Industry Conference (AGIC), to be held in Melbourne 2-3 August 2017.

CEO of Grain Trade Australian, a host organisation of AGIC, Pat O’Shannassy says the conference is the time for anyone involved in grain industry to hear from and meet with leading commentators.

The conference will be addressed by Assistant Minister for Agriculture & Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Joel Fitzgibbon.

Grain Trade Australia CEO, Pat O’Shannassy, said the conference was the time for anyone involved in grain industry to hear from and meet with leading commentators, who would provide insights into market trends and what’s on the horizon for grains and oilseeds.

These include:

  • Jeffery McPike, McDonald Pelz Global Commodities for grains
  • Thomas Mielke, OilWorld for oilseeds

The global geopolitical environment and its impact on global trade flows is at an interesting time with a Trump Government, Brexit and increasing presence of China.

Leading political commentator from the United States, Sara Wyant, will provide unique insights into what the Trump Presidency and administration means for global agricultural policy and trade.

The AGIC theme this year focuses on quality and whether this is “Australia’s trump card in global markets”.

Australia sits on the doorstep of Asia with its rapidly growing and increasingly wealthy population.

The speaker list includes:

  • Luke Mason, Head of Grains for Concordia Agritrading Pte Ltd (A member of COFCO International), who will speak about opportunities for feed wheat/grains in South East Asia
  • Summit Gupta, from McDonald Pelz Global Commodities India, the future import demand from India for grains and pulses
  • Erlend Ek, Trade and Agriculture research manager for China Policy, how policy developments in China are driving growth grain imports
  • Steve Jefferies, managing director of Australia’s largest R&D investor Grains Research & Development Corporation, a new direction for grains R&D in Australia
  • Haydn Kuchel, CEO and Head of Breeding for Australia’s leading breeding company Australian Grain Technologies, breeding to serve a sophisticated grains industry
  • TV personality and hard-hitting interviewer Emma Albericire will quiz industry CEOs including Tim Hart, Ridley; Brendan Bourke, Port of Melbourne; and Graham Turley, ANZ.

Held annually, AGIC is hosted by Grain Trade Australia, the Australian Oilseeds Federation and Pulse Australia.

The ‘must attend’ event on the grains industry calendar, it is recognised as the premier grains industry conference.

Conference manager Rosemary Richards said this year’s event was expected to attract around 1000 delegates from the Australian and global grains industry to hear the latest information, discuss issues impacting the sector and network with colleagues, clients and friends.


Source: Grain Trade Australia


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