Networking events for the local agribusiness community
Join farmers and other agri-food supply chain businesses and explore a range of issues to progress agribusiness in the Central Highlands.
Be part of the conversation
Innovating Thinking & Opportunities in Agriculture
Challenge your thinking and be challenged to apply new technologies and the opportunities that result.
Hear from a panel of experts; regional exporters and service providers.
Panel of Speakers
Director & Advisor
Between 1993 and 2006, Frank Delahunty was the Managing Director and Co-Founder of DIRT Management Pty Ltd and Manager of the Warakirri Agriculture Trusts managing $85m portfolio. For the following 6 years Frank was the Managing Director and co-founder of Australian Farms Fund Management Pty Ltd (AFFM) Trustee, and Custodian and Manager of the Sustainable Agriculture Fund (SAF) raising in excess of $145m.
Frank Delahunty is currently an advisory panel Chair to three primary producers, as well as a commercial producer of fine quality seed and grains. He is also a Director and Shareholder of a grain research company integrating breeding and commercialisation of pulse breeding, a Director of grain cleaning and processing company in the Wimmera plus an advisor to a grain storage enterprise, wholesale butcher and electrical contractor.
Frank is currently the coordinator of the Australian Farmland Index launched in November 2016 supported by NCREIF in the U.S.A.
Anthony Violi’s passion for weather blossomed on his father’s 90-acre strawberry farm in Victoria’s Yarra Valley, which he ran with his brother until the beginning 2017. Working on the farm before and after school from the age of 8, he quickly understood the weather’s power over people on the land.
For the past 30 years, Anthony has developed an expert understanding of Australian weather conditions, using computer modelling, as well as exhaustive research into 130 years of historical data. Anthony’s reputation for trusted, long-term forecasting is growing rapidly. His prediction six months prior to the 2010 flooding in South Australia and Victoria boosted his following on Facebook to more than 3000, which now is in excess of 12,300 followers.
AV Weather was launched in 2016 to help more Australians make weather-dependent decisions based on his personalised advice. For Anthony, he’s driven to make a difference to the livelihoods of people who rely on the weather around Australia.
Mecardo, Expert Market Analysis
Robert Herrmann is the Managing Director of Ag Concepts Advisory Pty Ltd (ACA), an independent, specialist agricultural advisory service with its focus firmly on the financial enhancement of primary production and price risk management. The company was established by Robert Herrmann in Adelaide in 1996. With a longstanding background in agriculture, Robert’s commitment was to deliver a high quality proactive risk analysis and management service to clients. Robert has in excess of thirty years’ experience in agriculture, including eleven years as a senior wool specialist with Elders Ltd advising in the marketing and risk management of agricultural commodities.
Principal, Bicknell Accounting
Shane founded Bicknells Accountants in 1998, a Ballarat-based accounting practice. Shane is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a tax agent and an accredited Mindshop Facilitator. Having held various positions on committees over the years, Shane currently holds positions on the City of Ballarat Audit committee, Farmday Ltd, Ballarat Health Services Foundation and is president of Ballarat Little Athletics.
Shane is also a member of the Ballarat Aero Club and enjoys flying, bushwalking, travel and spending time with his family when time allows.
Martin Peters grew up on a 125 acre dairy farm in Devon (UK). From an early age he knew two things: he wanted to be involved in agriculture but didn’t want to milk cows for a living. Martin completed an honours degree in Agricultural Technology & Management at Silsoe College in Bedfordshire, and stayed on there for a further two years doing post graduate research into precision agriculture. His project focused on using remote and ground sensing tools to develop variable rate nitrogen strategies.
In 2000 Martin and his wife moved to Australia and started their own business providing technology services to farmers. Their main products and services include weather stations and soil moisture monitoring equipment, ground based mapping services, aerial imagery using UAVs and farm management software sales & support.
Martin’s philosophy has always been to provide the best possible tools and information, to enable farmers and their agronomists make informed decision based on site specific data.
Venue: Mount Rowan Farm Campus (Ballarat Grammar), Sims Road, Ballarat