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Fields of green and gold – has the NSW grains industry turned the corner from famine to feast?
Iso-baking during the early stages of the COVID-19 lockdown saw supermarket shelves empty of staples such as flour, rice and pasta. While farmers claimed there were adequate supplies, after two devastating winter crop harvests across New South Wales, many wondered if this were true.

With a promising seasonal break pointing towards an above-average winter harvest, will the east coast grains industry go from famine to feast?

While it may be good for domestic bakers, what will a spike in grain production mean for prices? And what’s the international outlook, with competition for wheat increasing, and trade tensions placing pressure on traditional markets?

NSW Farm Writers is continuing to keep you connected with important issues facing agriculture. Our August webinar features grains industry experts breaking down what they’re seeing over the horizon and what it could mean for farmers, farm businesses and the wider agricultural supply chain.

Aug 14, 2020 12:30 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Robert Spurway
Managing Director and CEO @Graincorp
Robert Spurway has been the Managing Director and CEO at Graincorp for just over four months, and prior to this was Chief Operating Officer, Global Operations for Fonterra Co-operative Group. Prior to this, he held operational roles with Fonterra including GM South Island Operations and Acting Director Operations & Logistics. Robert has a career spanning fast moving consumer goods and the agriculture sector across Australia and New Zealand, and has recently held the roles of Chairman of Kotahi Ltd, Deputy Chairman of Prolesur S.A in Chile and Director of DFE Pharma GmbH & Co. Robert holds a Bachelor of Engineering (Chemical and Materials) from the University of Auckland; is a Graduate of the INSEAD AVIRA Executive programme; and is a Member of the Institute of Directors in New Zealand.
Cheryl Kalisch-Gordon
Senior Grains and Oilseeds Analyst @Rabobank
Cheryl Kalisch-Gordon works with RaboResearch’s global grain & oilseed team as a Senior Analyst, based in Orange, New South Wales. As part of the Rabobank global grain & oilseed strategy team, Cheryl is responsible for forecasting key grains and oilseeds pricing and Australian crop size and composition. She also engages with rural and corporate clients on strategic issues. Prior to joining RaboResearch in early 2017, Cheryl spent four years as the Trade & Economics Manager at the grain farmer representative organization, GrainGrowers. In that role, she was responsible for the economic evaluation of policy, strategy development and advocacy for grains outcomes in the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, as well as negotiations on behalf of the Australian grains sector at the WTO. Cheryl has a PhD in Economics and grew up on a cropping farm in New South Wales.
John Minogue
Agricultural consultant and mixed broadacre farmer @Barmedman, NSW
John Minogue runs a mixed broadacre farming business and an agricultural consultancy, Agriculture and General Consulting, at Barmedman in south-west NSW. John is a member and Executive Councillor of the NSW Farmers’ Association and is a winner of the Central West Conservation Farmer of the Year award. His vast agricultural experience in central west NSW has given him a valuable insight into the long-term grains industry challenges. John is also the Panel Chair for the GRDC Northern Region Panel.