Future of agriculture discussed in Birchip on 12 August

CSIRO’s Director of Agriculture and Food, Dr Michiel van Lookeren Campagne will speak at BCG’s Chair’s Breakfast on Thursday 12 August at the Birchip Community Leisure Centre. His presentation, The future of agriculture and a scan of the horizon of what is to come, will provide CSIRO’s vision for food and agriculture and how it applies to local farmers and rural communities.

Dr van Lookeren Campagne has a strong background in bioscience and technology. He was the head of BioScience, Seeds and Traits at Bayer CropScience in the Netherlands. Then he joined Syngenta in North Carolina and became Head Biology Research before joining CSIRO in his current role in 2019.

Agriculture and Food is one of CSIRO’s largest focus areas and is responsible for research across the value chain from paddock to plate. 

“This is the first time the Director of Agriculture and Food has visited BCG and is a great opportunity for attendees to discuss CSIRO’s work” said BCG Chair John Ferrier.

“CSIRO and BCG have had a long association. Together, we have developed the flagship product Yield Prophet and worked together on projects including Measuring and Managing Soil Water, Soil Sensing, Exploring a farmer data market.”

“These innovations have directly influenced broadacre cropping practices, improved decision making and consequently, profitability in addition to the environmental benefits.”

“I’m looking forward to catching up with BCG members, corporate partners and community members in what will be a great morning of discussion,” Mr Ferrier finished. 

Renown Mildura chef Stefano de Pieri will prepare the breakfast including locally grown eggs, lamb and fruit.

Starting at 8am, this event offers attendees the opportunity to hear an inspiring guest speaker, enjoy breakfast and meet with friends and colleagues before work.

The event is free. Online registration is essential. Visit www.bcg.org.au/events today to secure your place. For enquiries, call the BCG office on (03) 5492 2787.

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