Here at HC, we love to get out and involved in the industries we work in. There is an array of events across both the ag and industrial sectors, from field days to expos, conferences and talks that offer great information and deepen our understanding of insights we can share with the team, colleagues and clients.
A few weeks back, I attended the 2019 Sydney Institute of Agriculture Research Showcase, where the topic was Animal agriculture in the future environment. It was a free event (yes that’s right, free!) at the University of Sydney, where keynote speakers from diverse backgrounds delved deep into topics surrounding the social framework of ag, data and tech in agriculture and the challenges we face, regarding food production in the future.
It was really interesting to see what the Uni is up to, and how they are working and collaborating with industry groups to help future-proof our industry.
Here are some interesting takeaways from the showcase:
- There needs to be more of a focus on quantifying aspects of food production that span the entire supply chain. Think traceability etc.
- One of the biggest challenges for the livestock sector is reducing their environmental footprint.
- Choosy customers are impacting farm production and the entire supply chain – from a lean towards organics to the push for less red meat in our diets. This can be overcome by communicating positive attributes such as welfare and ethical considerations and product health attributes.
- By 2050 it is estimated that we will need to produce up to 98% percent more food for a growing population with growing demands.
- Climate change is impacting the prevalence of ticks and other pests, with some species migrating into regions that haven’t had problems in the past.
Getting out of the daily office routine and immersing yourself in the industry you work in always delivers fresh insights and perspectives. Where will your next out of office excursion take you?