Out of the box thinking at ag’s flagship event

The National Farmers’ Federation’s 2018 National Congress will be held on October 17 & 18 and will feature a smorgasbord of inspiring speakers, each bringing a unique flavour to the table and a moreish passion for agriculture.

The first session will explore the theme of “Out of the box business” and include a panel of three agri-business entrepreneurs. Each panellist has embraced “out of the box” thinking and will speak of their journeys to success and interact with the audience in a lively question and answer session.

Meet the speakers

Charles Coventry

Charles is a sixth generation wool grower who lives on his property “Achill”, a 6300 sheep and cattle property, east of Armidale NSW with his wife and three children. He is also the President of AgEDGE, a non-for-profit company that provides support and expertise for developing a successful agri-businesses. AgEDGE stands for Education, Development, Growth and Empowerment.

The business is based on the need for farmers to come together to communicate, develop ideas and learn useful skills. Charles says often the chance to do this is not realised due time constraints or because it is placed in the “too-hard basket”. Charles will give an insight on how to stay on track and achieve business goals while expressing your passion for agriculture.

Rachel Hinkley

Rachel was the Weekly Times Coles 2017 Farmer of the Year. The Hinkley’s own a 1620 hectare wheat, canola and barley farm in Derrinallum in Victoria’s Western District and were recognised for their scientific and business-driven approach to farming.

In 13 years, the family has increased its return on assets to an impressive 10 per cent and lifted the size of their operation by 400 per cent.

The Hinkleys achieved this through a targeted approach of buying and leasing land, modern farming practices and savvy marketing techniques.

Before winning the award, Rachel worked in the agricultural industry as a broadacre and cotton agronomist before joining the NAB and later becoming an agribusiness manager.

Rachel will share some of her family’s tricks to the trade and discuss how forward thinking and practical business models can build up and sustain the momentum of agri-business success.

Susan Jenkin

Susan is the Directing Manager at Ironbark Citrus, a citrus orchard company in Mundubbera, Queensland.

Over the space of 20 years the Jenkins family has successfully operated three farms with more than 88,000 trees growing multiple varieties of mandarins and producing 5,000 tonnes of premium quality fruit per year.

Ironbark Citrus export three brands of mandarins to 14 countries as well as to servicing the domestic market.

The National Congress audience will learn of how a family business conquered the local market and successfully expanded into a wide international market.

To register and for more information on the National Congress 2018 speakers click here.



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