Program 2022

Program subject to change. Please check back for updates!


8.20amWelcome to Country

Local Elder
8:30amWelcome and introduction

MC Mick Colliss
Brett Hosking, Chair GrainGrowers
Dave McKeon CEO GrainGrowers
9.00amOfficial welcome
9.15amFuture of farming
A peer into the crystal ball at what farming in the future will look like

Gihan Perera, Futurist
10:00amMorning tea and trade stalls

Mark from Next Rural is vastly experienced and takes a contemporary view about farm business succession. This session will cover the five Transition Pillars that are key in the succession process, while Bel Quince from NAB will give insights into having conversations with a bank and some of the options for the next generation.

Mark Scanlon, Next Rural Executive Director,
Bel Quince, NAB Agribusiness Strategy Executive
Emerging Land Values

Andrew Warren, Rabobank
11:00amOvercoming Barriers for young farmers

It’s not easy being a young farmer, land prices, machinery prices, access to capital, workforce constraints are just some of the many barriers faced by the emerging generation of farmers. Hear from a panel of young farmers and Sam from Cultivate Farms about some of the possible solutions to these problems and ask your own questions as well!

Facilitated by Chris Moloney, Grower from South Australia

Sam Marwood (Cultivate Farms)
Tim and Hannah Eyes (The Food Farm)
Emma Ayliffe (Summit Ag)
Risk mitigation workshop

Achmea Australia

An interactive workshop with Achmea Australia’s Richard Officer and Danielle Whitelock
11:30amThe Great Ag Debate

Two teams led by Carissa Buckland and Kristina Hermanson will debate hot topics affecting agriculture. Facilitated by Oli Le Lievre, Humans of Agriculture

Facilitated by Oli Le Lievre, Humans of Agriculture

Carissa Buckland, Nutrien
Kristina Hermanson, FMC
12:00pmTelling a farmers story on YouTube

At the onset of the pandemic with panic buying in full swing,
Mark was unsettled that people seemed to think their food was going to run out.

Inspired by US farmers, he started making Vlogs of his day to day life on the farm to
show people where and how their food is produced in Australia

Mark Merrett, Farmer
1:30pmThe Carman’s Story

In 1992 a then 18 year old university student bought the small muesli business where she worked part-time for $1,000. Fast-forward to present and Carman’s gourmet range is now available in all major supermarkets across Australia, as well as being exported to many countries around the world.

Carolyn Creswell, Carman’s
2:15pmMarket competitiveness and a farmer first business model

How Farmers Business Network aims to change the agriculture industry globally

Luiz Beling, President, FBN Global Direct
2:45pmChallenges and Opportunities Panel

Three industry leaders will duke it out with GrainGrowers General Manager of Policy and Advocacy Zach Whale and take a look at the current and emerging challenges that agriculture faces, as well as the many opportunities that will emerge in the near future.

Rob Clayton, Nutrien Ag Solutions MD
Brett Hosking, GrainGrowers’ Chair
Diana Fear, CWFS CEO
3:15pmAfternoon tea and trade stalls

AgCAREERSTART is a structured gap-year program encouraging young Australians to try a career in agriculture by connecting them with placements on Australian farms. Hear how this program will train the next generation of farm workers and secure a skilled and enthusiastic workforce for seasons to come.

Kayla Evans, National Farmers Federation
4:15pmThis Shirt Is A Conversation Starter

Trade Mutt is workwear making a difference! Ed and Dan met on a building site and co-founded a social enterprise that aims to reduce the rate of male suicide in Australia.

Trade Mutt - Edward Ross, Dan Allen
5:00pmClose of Day 1
6:30pmFormal Dinner at William Inglis in The Barn

Mick Colliss - The story of Sudoku
Rob Clayton, Nutrien



Mick Colliss
8.40amCrops, People, Money and You

Dr Kate Burke's practical and pragmatic approach to farming is based on thirty years of experience as an agricultural scientist in the dryland cropping sector. She knows how to connect the dots of science, people and money.

Dr Kate Burke, Think Agri
9:15amPaddock Perspectives: Grower panel

The last couple of seasons have thrown everything at growers around the country, hear from some of the top growers in the country about what they’ve learnt from their experiences and how the season is shaping up in 2022.

Facilitated by Zach Whale, GrainGrowers’ GM Policy and Advocacy

Kate Gunn, NSW grower
Nigel Corish, QLD grower
Rebecca Kelly, WA grower
The 30 minute farm ownership plan

You want to own your farm but it seems impossible. In this workshop you will walk away with a plan and 3 actions you can do right away to get on track to owning your farm. Cultivate Farms have been making farm ownership possible for the next generation of farmers for the past 6 years and the Founder and CEO, Sam Marwood, will give all their methods in this high pace session.

Sam Marwood, CEO - Cultivate Farms
10:00amMorning tea and trade stalls
10:30amEmerging Ag Tech Panel Discussion

Leaders in the field discuss the tech that is changing the way we farm now and into the future.

Ben Kelly, John Deere
Hamish Munro, Pairtree Intelligence
Facilitated by Meg Kummerow
Australian Grain Leaders Program

The Australian Grain Leaders Program (AGLP) is a program designed to help emerging leaders in the grains industry develop the skills needed to thrive.

In this session, current participants of the program will discuss the projects they are undertaking as part of the AGLP.
11.00amMonetising Sustainability

Dave Stanko, Nutrien Ag Solutions
11:15amCarbon and grain farming panel

Carbon and farming - one of the hottest topics going around at the moment. But where do you start? And why does carbon matter? Hear from a grower, an industry expert in Ben White and a grain buyer in Boortmalt’s Liam Moltoni.

Stuart McDonald, grower from Canowindra
Ben White, Kondinin
Liam Moltoni, Boortmalt
Cheryl Kalisch Gordon, Rabobank Senior Commodities Analyst

Facilitated by Fiona McCredie, GrainGrowers Policy Manager Sustainability and NRM
12:00pmEmerging from serious injury

Scott lost the lower half of his leg in a farm accident while he was a school boy. He could have hidden from the world or taken it up as a challenge and attack it head on. Scott has since emerged as a Paralympic Gold Medalist.

"The way we think determines how we act, and I believe that nothing ever happens to us, it only ever happens for us"

Scott Reardon

1:00pmDepart for off-site tours

Innovation Generation attendees will be taken off-site to attend one of our interactive site tours. See below for the announced tours!
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1:30pmWORKSHOP: The Art of Excellent Farming and Better ReturnsJoin Dr Kate Burke from ThinkAgri for a casual chat about how you can make first rate choices about yourself so you can make the best decisions about crops, people and money.
6:30pmCocktail function at William Inglis


8.30amWelcome and summaryMick Colliss
8.45amFuture Farmers Network - Entrepreneurship
9.15amTectonic shifts – global changes shifting G&O outlook

Hear from Rabobank’s economics and grains research team members from Sydney, North America and Singapore as they discuss the shifts in the global geopolitical landscape, the implications for the global grains and oilseeds industry, and what the result is for Australia.

Dennis Voznesenski, Agricultural Analyst
Stephen Nicholson, Global Strategist for Grains & Oilseeds
Michael Every, Head of Financial Markets Research, Asia-Pacific
10.00amMorning tea and stalls
10.30amTrade tensions and solutions panel

A major trade dispute has hampered Australia’s ability to sell grain into China, while events around the world continue to affect how we move our grain as well the flow of fertilizer and chemical into Australia. Hear from this panel of experts as they troubleshoot how industry can navigate this delicate time and emerge with a more robust trading system.

Amelia Shaw facilitator
DFAT rep David Brightling
Richard Perkins – Market Check
11.00amEmerging Tech and Trends in Grains

Tom Giles, Senior Manager Enabling Technology, Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC)
12.00pmClosing Remarks

David McKeon, CEO GrainGrowers
David McKeon

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