Science and Innovation in South West Agriculture
Held at St Joseph Parish Centre, corner of Moore and Ispen Streets, Manjimup Thursday 18 and Friday 19 May, 2017
The south west of WA supports a wide range of agricultural industries including annual and perennial horticulture, dairying, viticulture, silviculture, sheep and cattle grazing, floriculture. The goods are marketed variously as niche luxury products through to bulk domestic and export commodities. Local value adding is important and the region is also widely recognised as a food and wine tourism destination.
The Conference was opened by the Chief Scientist of WA, Professor Peter Klinken FTSE and featured a keynote address on “Pathways to Competitiveness”, a report commissioned by DAFWA. This was followed up by presentations from researchers, industry leaders and successful agribusiness entrepreneurs in which successful agricultural production and food processing businesses have been built around application of science and technology in adaptation and innovation.
An objective of the Conference was to work towards outcomes that are implementable in the pursuit of profitability and competitiveness. Sessions were rounded out with Q&A panel discussions.
On the second afternoon there was a tour of several properties and businesses of great interest to see and hear on site the innovative practices being employed.
The event also featured presentations by young agricultural professionals from around Australia who were competing for a National Award that was presented at the Conference Dinner. Congratulations to the 5 national finalists for your extensive research and very informative presentations on the day.
FULL CONFERENCE PROGRAM can be viewed here:
AG INSTITUTE of AUSTRALIA website with additional conference information can be viewed here:
Copies of the presentations can be viewed below.
Session 1 Setting the Scene
Opening Address: Professor Peter Klinken FTSE, Chief Scientist of Western Australia Science and Innovation in SW Agriculture
Keynote Address: HonCr Paul Omodei Snr, President, Shire of Manjimup Agricultural Expansion – Partnering with industry to promote the region
Session 2: Sustainability Settings
Dr Mike Christensen Farming, Landcare and NRM – working together under a changing climate?
Paul Omodei Jnr Advice you wish clients would take on board
Paul Omodei Jnr – Video to accompany presentation: Here
Tim Morris Pathways to Competitiveness ( Document not able to be published publicly just yet)
Session 3: Successful Industry Growth and Development
Josh Giumelli and Ben White New Technology: Its impact on future agriculture ( to be provided)
Tilwyn Westrup Annual Horticulture; evaporation based irrigation management
Session 4: AIA Young Professionals National Finalists ( Presentations to be added soon)
Tasmania – Ashlea Schott How Does Timing of Carbon Limitation Affect Flower Production in Pyrethrum (WINNER)
South Australia – Rudi McEwin Non-Addictive Genetic Effects in Wagyu – Busting the Breeder Myth of “Nicking”
Western Australia – Charlotte Jones Fighting Disease for human health and agricultural sustainability – Can ecosystem restoration interventions aid disease regulation?
New South Wales – Grace Scott Investigating the Role of Carotenoids in Root Development
Queensland – Kiara Crook The effect of organic amendments on sugarcane ( Saccharum spp.) root health and function and associated nematode populations
Session 5: Commodities or Value-added Premium Product?
Esther Jones Doing it differently with dairy research
Dr Dave Pethick Livestock production and meat quality – SW region
Phil May Premium agrifood market opportunities: Food Industry Innovation project, DAFWA (Document not able to be published publicly just yet)
Alex Murray WA Future Ready Grain Farming Systems
Session 6: Paths to Competitiveness
Susanna Morley Protein production possibilities
Jennie Franceschi High Pressure Processing in the Avocado Industry
Further information about the conference can be obtained by contacting:
Professor Adrian Egan, Chair, South West Science Council,
ph: 0417 581 374 and e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Don Burnside, Chair, WA Division, Ag Institute of Australia
ph: 0427 357 982 and e-mail: email@example.com