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AgriVictoria guest speakers to connect the paddock to the plate

Attendees at the AgriVictoria – State of Opportunity Summit on Thursday 9 June in Melbourne will have the unique opportunity to hear the story of one of Australia’s up-and-coming agribusiness innovators.

Twenty-nine-year-old Airlie Trescowthick, founder and Managing Director of The Farm Table – - an online agri-resource portal designed to connect farmers and agribusiness professionals with relevant industry information, has been announced as the closing guest speaker for the Summit.

Raised on her family’s sheep and cattle farm at Holbrook in New South Wales, Airlie has a post-graduate degree, a career as an agri-economist with Macquarie Bank’s Paraway Pastoral, and a growing string of achievements to her name – last year she was named a “Tomorrow Maker” when she received a AMP Foundation Grant to continue the development of The Farm Table.

As a young producer returning to her family farm after completing a Masters of Food and Resource Economics at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada, Airlie often turned online to research and find production information. While the information was there, it took significant time to find.

To fill the gap, in 2015 Airlie put the hundreds of relevant websites bookmarked on her computer into one place and launched The Farm Table.

“There is so much wonderful work being done across the industry, but this often results in information overload for those accessing it. Some sites are cluttered, whilst others are not continuously updated,” says Airlie. “To sustain and grow individual enterprises takes 100% of a grower's effort and there is often little or no time to engage with local farmers, let alone across the broader sector. The Farm Table tries to make things a little bit easier by bringing together handy resources in a central location.”

The Summit is being delivered in partnership by the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), ANZ and PwC to provide real pathways and connections between producers and business opportunities.

VFF President Peter Tuohey said: “If Airlie’s enthusiasm and energy for Australian agriculture is anything to go by, the future of the industry is looking bright. We’re thrilled the Summit will close on such an inspiring note.”

Online Chinese agribusiness marketing portal founded by Mr. Zuo Zheng (James), will also showcase how it is connecting Chinese agribusiness investors, importers and food distributors with Australian primary producers, exporters and property agents – a recent example being a three year dairy heifer supply agreement between MengDe Bright Dairies in China and Victorian genetics firm TLG.

Airlie and James are among an impressive line-up of farmers and industry experts to speak at the Summit on innovation, investment and technology opportunities available to drive Victoria’s $13.14 billion agriculture industry.

The Summit will be followed by the premier event on the Victorian agriculture social calendar, Agriculture: The Heart of Victoria gala dinner.

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About AgriVictoria – State of Opportunity Summit

The AgriVictoria – State of Opportunity Summit is Victoria’s premier outcomes-focused agribusiness event that is designed to enable primary producers and agribusiness professionals to be investment and export ready. Focusing on investment opportunities, technology and funding innovation in agriculture, the Summit aims to connect people, drive change and boost productivity across Victoria’s $12 billion agriculture industry. It is a collaboration between the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF), The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), ANZ and PwC.

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