Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Mixed Farming Systems Forum

"Future Proofing Mixed Farming Systems"

There has never been a better time to determine your own future.

On 21-22 August, 2014, the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation facilitated an industry wide 'think tank' on potential scenarios to secure the future of Mixed Farming Systems in the region.

Critical internal and external drivers of mixed farming systems viability and sustainability were identified and recommendations developed for the Graham Centre, industry and government to assist in addressing those drivers.

The forum explored the challenges and opportunities along the entire value chain by focusing discussion around three key themes:

  • Theme 1 – Key drivers of a resilient mixed farming system
  • Theme 2 – To add value, or not to add value - that is the question
  • Theme 3 – Beyond the farm gate

For each of the three themes, a broad range of business leaders spoke about the opportunities they identified, the challenges they faced along the way, their successes, failures and their vision for the future of their business.

Renowned industry and academic commentators led and facilitated the dialogue for each of the three themes.

The day preceding the forum, the Graham Centre led two industry tours across the Riverina mixed farming region, providing a richness of alternative business models to draw on and discuss in shaping the future.


Ms Toni Nugent
Industry Partnerships & Communications Manager
Graham Centre
T: (02) 6933 4402
M: 0418 974 775


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Agriculture Export Positioning
[537KB PDF]
Mr Grame Barty, General Manager Growth and Emerging markets, Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)
Theme 1 – Creating a resilient mixed farming system
Creating a Resilient Mixed Farming System [409KB PDF] Dr David Sackett, CEO, Growth Farms Australia
The future of mixed farming systems [649KB PDF] Mr Murray Scholz, Scholz Farming Co
Creating Resilient Mixed Farming Systems [1.12MB PDF] Mr Sam Archer, Chair, Riverina Local Land Services
Theme 2 – To value add or not to value add – that is the question
MSM Milling [3.71MB] Mr Bob Mac Smith, Director, MSM Milling
- Mr James McNaughton, Owner, Knights Meats and Deli
Presentation [724KB PDF] Mr Neil Druce, Director, Green Grove Organics
Theme 3 – Beyond the farm gate
Beyond the Farm Gate [806KB PDF] Mr Angus Woods, Director, Woods Grains
The Southern Agventure Experience
[504KB PDF]
Mr Richard Carn, Non-executive Director Southern Agventure, Chairman Southern Ag Grain
Beyond the farm gate [1.38MB PDF] Mr John Brady, CEO, KAGOME