Sustainability, management and collaboration fixed themes in Rabo’s Farm2Fork Summit


MOVING extra quickly in direction of sustainability by way of using information and collaboration alongside the meals provide chain was a recurring theme at Rabobank’s huge Farm2Fork agriculture Summit held on Sydney Harbour yesterday.

The occasion introduced collectively 1600 of Rabo’s stakeholders from throughout the Australian and New Zealand meals and fibre provide chains, plus a contingent of 40 US main producers finishing a fortnight-long tour to Australia hosted by the lender.

Native and worldwide audio system highlighted key themes in each challenges and alternatives confronted by Australasia’s livestock and cropping industries.

Throughout the occasion, the Nationwide Farmers Federation president Fiona Simson was offered with the 2023 Rabobank Management Award, recognising the “vitally necessary” function she has performed advocating on behalf of Australia’s agricultural sector.

Ms Simson turned the primary feminine chief within the NFF’s 40-year historical past when she was elected president of the organisation in 2016, after a profession in native authorities and management of the NSW Farmers Federation.

Ms Simson’s son Tom accepted the award on her behalf, as she is at present travelling in Europe connecting with farmers – taking a look at challenges and alternatives for farmers to work collectively collectively at a worldwide stage.

Kate Scott, government director of New Zealand’s Landpro – an organization which gives aerial surveying, useful resource administration, environmental and technical companies for main producers – took out the 2023 Rabobank Rising Chief award, recognising excellent up-and-coming business expertise.

Kate Scott, government director of New Zealand’s Landpro accepts the 2023 Rabobank Rising Chief award yesterday

And two new awards, honouring excellent rural group initiatives, the Rabobank Neighborhood Management Awards, had been offered in each international locations – to Australia’s

Albury-based Boys to the Bush, a not-for-profit group organisation offering preventative and early intervention methods for disengaged younger males, and to New Zealand’s Rising Future Farmers, a nationwide coaching and improvement program offering profession pathways for future farmers.

This 12 months marked the return of the annual trans-Tasman Rabobank Management Awards – which recognise the contribution of leaders from throughout Australia and New Zealand’s meals and agribusiness sector and have been held since 1999 – after a three-year hiatus attributable to COVID.

Rabobank regional supervisor Australian and New Zealand Peter Knoblanche paid tribute to Fiona Simson, saying her work main the NFF – the height nationwide physique representing farmers and agriculture throughout Australia – was “making one of the crucial essentially necessary contributions to management within the meals and agribusiness sector”.

“By her management of the Nationwide Farmers’ Federation, Fiona has performed, and continues to play, an instrumental function sooner or later progress and prosperity of Australia’s agricultural sector,” he mentioned. “She is passionate in regards to the energy of a unified voice for agriculture and the function agriculture advocacy performs in a powerful and vibrant future for regional Australia.

“Fiona is a strong advocate and passionate rural and regional chief who has been a path blazer in driving various key main initiatives for the sector and for NFF. These embrace the Nationwide Agricultural Management Program, the Younger Farmers Council, the Australia-China Agricultural Youth Program and the Range in Agriculture Management Program.”

A part of the large crowd of agriculture sector stakeholders attending Rabo’s Farm2Forn Summit on Sydney Harbour yesterday

Range focus

Mr Knoblanche mentioned Ms Simson was the driving pressure behind NFF’s Range in Agriculture Management Program – which focuses on the event and engagement of the gifted ladies in agricultural and agribusiness industries.

“That is now in its sixth 12 months – and boasts an alumnus of 52 graduates, who’ve gone on to pursue excessive profile and impactful management positions and to be change-makers inside their group,” he mentioned.

In making their determination, the award judges – an impartial panel of former award recipients – additionally acknowledged Ms Simson’s function as a key collaborator for the 2030 Roadmap, a nationwide plan with a daring imaginative and prescient to exceed $100 billion in farm gate output by 2030.

Ms Simson additionally holds a number of group and business roles – chairing the recently-established Future Meals Techniques CRC, a Commissioner and Chair of the Australian Centre for Worldwide Agricultural Analysis, and a director on the boards of Australian Made Australian Grown, Australian Farmers Combating Fund and is the patron of the Nationwide Rural Press Membership and the Gunnedah Gatepost Neighborhood Assist Centre.

Rabobank regional supervisor Australian and New Zealand Peter Knoblanche

Along with her many business and group roles, Ms Simson can also be a farmer from New South Wales’s Liverpool Plains – the place she and her household run a combined farming enterprise together with broad acre farming and breeding industrial Ballot Hereford cattle.

“As a distinguished innovator and influencer within the Australian meals and agribusiness sector with a wealth of management and governance experience – Rabobank is happy to have the ability to recognise Fiona’s dedication and contribution,” Mr Knoblanche mentioned.

The peer-nominated and judged Rabobank Management Award is offered to people who create sustainable progress and prosperity at each a company and business stage within the meals and agribusiness industries, whereas demonstrating wider dedication to society.

Earlier recipients of the Rabobank Management Award embrace Australian and New Zealand meals and agri company leaders Volker Kuntzsch, David Crombie, Sir Graeme Harrison, John Watson, Max Ould, John McLean, Nick Burton-Taylor, Robert Hill-Smith, Barry Irvin, in addition to main meals scientists Dr Bruce Lee and Dr Jim Peacock, and Australian business representatives Mick Keogh and Jim Geltch.


Neighborhood Management Award

Mr Knoblanche mentioned the financial institution was happy to mark the return of the Rabobank Management Awards in 2023 with the introduction of a brand new Rabobank Neighborhood Management Award, with the Boys to the Bush program a becoming inaugural award recipient.

“The Boys to the Bush program is an impressive initiative, offering tangible, significant profit to the agricultural group,” he mentioned.

Boys to the Bush is a grassroots, not-for-profit program, providing preventive interventions for regional NSW and north east Victorian males aged between 9 and 22.

Mr Knoblanche mentioned the initiative had been established by three New South Wales-based highschool lecturers who had “watched too many boys from deprived backgrounds slipping by way of society’s cracks.”

This system works intently with native companies and grower teams to organise group and particular person ‘MENtor’ youth visits, working bees and guided work expertise alternatives to help younger males be a part of the workforce and contribute to their native financial system.

“This new award class goals to focus on group initiatives that align with a number of of the important thing themes on the centre of labor being undertaken by the Rabo Shopper Councils – teams of the financial institution’s shoppers in Australia and New Zealand, who work with Rabobank to deal with business and group challenges in farming and agribusiness – and the Rabo Neighborhood Fund, launched in 2021 to put money into the sustainability and vitality of rural communities,” he mentioned.

A grant of $25,000 might be gifted to Boys to the Bush – with the organisation planning to speculate the funds in a barbeque trailer, permitting them to take part in additional rural and regional group occasions. Funds may also be directed to a brand new initiative developed by the organisation – a bush camp for deaf or hearing-impaired youth.


Extra Summit reviews on Monday.