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The Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit is a celebration of innovation in food and agriculture, bringing together farmers and industry trailblazers from around the globe to share thought-provoking ideas, explore new ways of thinking and uncover practical solutions for the future growth and vitality of the sector.

Held at White Bay Cruise Terminal on the iconic Sydney harbour, the Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit attracted more than 1,600 delegates from Australia, New Zealand, the US and Europe. Taking a deep dive into innovation, sustainability and leadership, our local and international speakers - from global agribusiness and top farmers, to agtech start-ups - shared thought-provoking insights regarding trends, innovative solutions and best practices across the F&A supply chain.

It was a day to feel proud and inspired, gaining and sharing knowledge, while connecting with old friends, and new. 

We are excited to showcase the collective perspectives and learnings from Farm2Fork, from industry leaders who are helping to shape the future of the food and agri landscape. 

Pip Courtney

TV Presenter & reporter, ABC and Host of Landline

Prue Adams

Journalist, interviewer and television producer

Paul Polman

Former CEO Unilever, Business leader, Climate and Equalities campaigner

Lucy MacDonald

Owner Middlehurst Delivered, Middlehurst Station, New Zealand

Jonathon West

Executive General Manager Strategy and Joint Ventures, Pact Group

Danielle Statham

Owner, Sundown Pastoral Co, Good Earth Cotton & Co-founder, Fibre Trace

David Statham

Owner, Sundown Pastoral Company

Mark Wynne

CEO, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, New Zealand

Barry Irvin

Executive Chairman, Bega Group and Chairman, Giant Steps Australia

Emma Ford

Director of Aftermarket and Customer Support, John Deere Australia/New Zealand

Luke Chandler

Managing Director, John Deere Australia/New Zealand

Jordy Kay

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Great Wrap

Julia Kay

Co-founder & Co-CEO, Great Wrap

Jay Clarke

Director, Woodhaven Gardens Ltd, New Zealand

Todd Charteris

CEO, Rabobank New Zealand

Tim Hunt

Food & Agribusiness consulting

Hans Nederend Jr.

General Partner, Nederend Dairies & Farms, USA

Prof. Michelle Colgrave

Deputy Director (Impact), Agriculture & Food, CSIRO

Brad Egan

Farm Manager, Egan Farming

Kate Beddoe

Chief Sustainability & Risk Officer, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand

Vicki McColl

Chief Financial Officer, Silver Fern Farms, New Zealand

Courtney Roulston

Chef & TV Host CH10

Stefaan Decraene

Chair of the Executive Board, Rabobank Group

Sarah Heazlewood

Value Chain Emissions Manager, Woolworths Group

Peter Knoblanche

CEO Australia and Regional Manager, Rabobank Australia and New Zealand

Sonia Shekar

Data Intelligence and Startup Innovation, FoodBytes!, USA

Jan Lambregts

Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

Omer Davidi

CEO, BeeHero, USA

Chris Fitzgerald

Company Director, RIM Services

Callan Daley

Field and Operations Lead and Future Young Leader, MEQ Probe

Lizette Sint

Group Executive and Head of Wholesale Clients, Rabobank Australia and New Zealand

Andrew Fletcher

General Manager and Science & Technology, Fonterra, New Zealand

Berry Marttin

Managing Board member Wholesale and Rural, Rabobank

Steven Kassiou

Solution Specialist, Sphere Drones

Nick Fereday

Executive Director Food & Consumer Trends, RaboResearch F&A North America

Mark Ryan

Managing Director and CEO, Tassal Group Ltd

Paris Cockinos

CEO, Sphere Drones

Leadership, Innovation, Sustainability & Solutions

Together we discussed the major challenges to creating a sustainable future for food & farming, and saw firsthand new ideas and innovations to feed and clothe a growing world efficiently, sustainably and profitability.

Rabo Farm2Fork Welcome
by Peter Knoblanche, Rabobank Australia CEO, and Stefaan Decraene, Chair of the Rabobank Group Managing Board

Sustainable Capitalism | Every question a business leader should ask themselves
by Paul Polman, Former Unilever CEO

The Top 10 Macro-Economic trends of this Era
by Jan Lambregts, Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

Gut feeling vs data driven results
by Brad Egan, Egan Farming

From Seed to Salad: Sustainability in Action
by Jay Clarke, Woodhaven Gardens Australia

Technology Showcase | Bionic Glove
by Chris Fitzgerald, RIM Services

What’s happening in the world of AI / Robotics / Drones
by Steven Kassiou & Paris Cockinos, Sphere Drones

Packaging and circularity joint venture with PACT, Coke, Asahi, Cleanaway
by Jonathon West, PACT Group

Future Farming is now ... Are you ready?
by Luke Chandler and Emma Ford, John Deere

Unearthing opportunities in sustainability
by Berry Marttin, Rabobank Managing Board Member Wholesale & Rural

Turning waste into resource
by Jordy & Julia Kay, GreatWrap

The Path to Nature Positive Production
by Vicki McColl & Kate Beddoe, Silver Fern Farms

A community's vision for circularity
by Barry Irvin, Bega Cheese Ltd

From milking cows to managing a business at scale
by Hans Nederend Jr, Dairy Farmer USA

Start-Up Pitch | Bee Hero
by Omer Davidi

Panel: Disrupting the Food & Fibre Chain

by Tim Hunt, F&A Consultant. Panellists: Callan Daley, MEQ | Danielle and David Statham, Sundown Pastoral, Good Earth Cotton | Prof. Michelle Colgrave, CSIRO | Sonia Shekar, Foodbytes by Rabobank

Panel: Navigating the most significant Supply Chain Trends

by Nick Fereday, RaboResearch F&A North America. Panellists: Sarah Heazlewood, Woolworths Group | Mark Wynne, Ballance Agri-Nutrients | Lucy Macdonald, Middlehurst Station | Mark Ryan, Tassal | Andrew Fletcher, Fonterra

2023 Rabobank Leadership Award Recipients

The Top 10 Macro-Economic trends of this Era
by Jan Lambregts, Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

The Top 10 Macro-Economic trends of this Era
by Jan Lambregts, Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

The Top 10 Macro-Economic trends of this Era
by Jan Lambregts, Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

The Top 10 Macro-Economic trends of this Era
by Jan Lambregts, Head of RaboResearch Global Economics & Markets, UK

Click through to learn more about the Rabobank Leadership Awards.

Discover the latest technology helping to improve on-farm efficiency and sustainability - exciting advances in robotics, irrigation, biosecurity and traceability from around the world – addressing challenges such as labour shortages, resource efficiency, waste reduction and precision agriculture.

Great Wrap

 

Great Wrap is a materials science company aiming to end reliance on petroleum-based plastics through the development of home compostable cling film and pallet wrapping for corporates, all made with food waste and a mix of compostable biopolymers.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

LYRO Robotics

LYRO Robotics creates robots for post-harvest picking and packing of fruits and vegetables, helping solve agricultural labour shortages whilst simultaneously allowing growers to focus on higher-value tasks.

Think Digital

 

Think Digital is a leading innovative XR studio creating VR, AR and AI solutions for agriculture, to assist with marketing, education, training and on farm productivity gains.

Hone

 

Hone provides farmers and their advisors with reliable measurement solutions; from assessing grain quality to providing rapid soil measurement for assessment of carbon stocks, The Hone Lab provides real time results in a handheld device and software enables farmers to share measurements with their team.

Nonobubble Agritech

 

Nanobubble Agritech build machines that put ultra-high concentrations of oxygen into irrigation water for increased productivity, crop yields, and improved in water-use efficiency – all fully integrated within farmers’ existing irrigation infrastructure.

Conservis

 

Conservis has developed visionary software that simplifies farm management and empowers farm business owners to make informed, smarter and data-driven decisions, leading to on-farm improvements and opening doorways to loans, streamlining tasks, making decisions clearer, tracking annual yield, and maximizing profits.

BioScout

 

BioScout is a high-tech solution to combatting airborne pathogens whereby fully autonomous, on farm technology units can track airborne diseases, ensuring farmers are equipped to spray based on data rather than intuition and symptomatic indicators.

GoTerra

 

GoTerra delivers a waste management infrastructure, where anyone, anywhere can utilise fee for service waste management that reduces emissions by 97% using modular robotics and insects to manage food waste at the site of creation.

Beefree Agro

 

Beefree Agro is controlling the location and movement of livestock in open pastures by developing software that turns off-the-shelf drones into autonomous flying cowboys. A drone-based autonomous herding system capable of counting livestock, monitoring infrastructure, and moving large herds over extensive pastures.

Beehero

 

BeeHero provides growers of commercial scale food crops with Precision Pollination, a breakthrough technology that provides crucial data to improve pollination and crop outcomes, lower bee mortality rates, and improve bee health.

Uuvipak

 

Uuvipak makes 100% home-compostable and edible packaging by upcycling clean organic food waste. With our products we reduce emissions from plastic pollution and organic materials that end up in landfill.

Feeding a growing population sustainably, and looking after the vitality of our community, takes leadership, innovation and people with vision.

These are the stories of our clients from Australia, New Zealand and America sharing their personal journeys of discovery and invention. From data driven decision making, employee education and animal welfare, to reducing carbon footprint across the entire supply chain.

Brad Egan, Grain grower, Scaddan WA

Brad shares how he has converted his thinking from ‘gut feel’ into data driven decisions and why this information now underpins much of the farm’s productivity.

Jay Clarke, Director of Woodhaven Gardens, Levin NZ

Woodhaven Gardens exemplifies community focus whilst leading a large-scale sustainable and profitable family run horticulture business.

Barry Irvin, Dairy farmer and Executive Chairman Bega Cheese, Bega NSW

The Circular Economy: a latent opportunity in the Bega Valley.

Hans Nederend Jr, Dairy Farmer, USA

An inside look at the daily life of a dairy farmer in the United States, as he shares his personal story of the many ways technology helps farmers care for their cows and run their family farm.

Jordy & Julia Kay, Founders and CEOs Great Wrap, SA

Great Wrap is a compostable cling wrap made from food waste demonstrating how circular economy can reduce carbon footprint across the supply chain.

Middlehurst Delivered

Lucy Macdonald and Sophie Johnson own, manage and produce lamb at Middlehurst Delivered, an award winning online farm-to-table-delivery company selling premium lamb boxes based in the Awatere Valley on the south Island of NZ.
Hear their inspiring story of how they have evolved their business to help connect farmers and consumers.

Simone Kain & George the Farmer

Simone Kain, the founder and author of educational children’s brand, George the Farmer, joins us to share her story and how we can help her educate more children about where their food and fibre comes from.

Interested in learning more about our clients?
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Catch all the ‘Sound Bites Live’ podcasts from Farm2Fork.

Our local RaboResearch team discuss macroeconomic trends and the impact on supply chains, the role technology and innovation play in F&A, as well as their take on sustainability and leadership in agriculture.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

MEQ

 

MEQ has developed world-first software and hardware driving a data-driven digital future for the global red meat industry. Covering the entire supply chain, MEQ aims to radically change the efficiency, quality, nutritional and environmental impact of the meat we eat.

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The information and opinions published during the 2023 Rabobank Farm2Fork Summit, which were reasonably held based on the information available at the time of publication were general in nature and do not take into account your personal objectives, financial situation or needs. We recommend that you seek independent financial advice from your accountant or financial adviser before making any financial decisions.