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2022 Nuffield National Conference



The Nuffield Australia National Conference is the highlight of the Nuffield calendar. It offers a meeting point for scholars, investors and the broader agricultural industry.


As a high profile forum for the announcement of incoming scholars and public presentation of returning scholar research, the Nuffield National Conference is a must-do for anyone serious about the future direction of Australian agriculture. At the event, attendees: 


  • Hear the announcement of the 2023 scholars

  • Discover innovation and technologies from the returning scholars

  • Exchange knowledge and information with industry leaders

  • Network with the alumni who, over 70 years, have been bringing the world home


Our 2022 conference was held in September at Tamworth, the gateway to New England and Australia's  Country Music Capital.

Program outline: 

  • Monday 12-September: Awards Dinner at Tangaratta Vineyard, 2023 Scholars announced  

  • Tuesday 13-September: Conference Day at Tamworth Leagues Club. Includes breakfast and a cocktail function 

  • Wednesday 14 September: Regional Tour, Tamworth region 

  • Thursday 15 September: (AM only): Regional Tour, Tamworth




Fiona Simson, President of National Farmers’ Federation

Fiona Simson delivered the George Wilson Oration at our Awards Dinner on the Monday night.

Fiona believes that agriculture is an industry of the future.  Collaborative and passionate, she has been an agricultural industry leader at both a state and federal level since 2008.  Elected in 2016 as the first female President of National Farmers Federation in its 40 year history, she is now leading industry through an exciting period of change.  A farmer herself with her husband Ed and family from the Liverpool Plains in NSW, she hopes to create opportunities for more women and young people to become involved in industry. Hear Fiona's presentation here



Cheryl Kalisch Gordon, Senior Commodities Analyst, Rabobank 

Cheryl is an economist and brings more than 20 years’ experience, working in agriculture and agribusiness sectors, to her role in the global RaboResearch team. Cheryl is responsible for forecasting key grains, oilseeds, pulse, cotton and sugar pricing, Australian crop and trade volumes and margin expectations. Cheryl analyses key local and global trends to identify insights and strategies to support the growth of both rural and corporate agribusiness clients.

Gerard Hines, Co founder and Managing Director, Delta Agribusiness Group

Gerard grew up on a family farm in southern NSW and has been involved in the agribusiness sector. for 30 years. At Delta Agribusiness, he is focused on adding value to customers, employees and shareholders, with a passion for innovation and challenging the status quo. The business thrives to foster a culture of shared vision, autonomy and enjoyment, for the progression and sustainability of agriculture at all levels. 

Nuffield Scholar "Where are they Now?" Speakers

  • Daniel Richards, 2016 Scholar. Northern Territory 

    • Dan is CEO of Humpty Doo Barramundi and has been instrumental is developing the business to become the largest producer of premium quality saltwater Barramundi in Australia. He is a National Seafood Industry Leadership Program graduate, and has a background in environmental science. ​

  • Elizabeth Riley, 1997 Scholar, New South Wales 

    • ​Liz is an independent viticulturist consultant based in the Hunter Valley. She has over 25 years experience in the wine industry and is an expert generalist who has vast expertise in pest and disease management, agrochemicals and biosecurity. Liz was ASVO’s Viticulturist of the Year in 2017.​

  • Andrew Watson, 2006 Scholar, New South Wales 

    • ​Andrew is an irrigated and dryland cotton, grains, oilseeds and legumes farmer across 3,800 ha. Named 2008 Australian Cotton Grower of the Year and 2015 NSW Landcare Sustainable Farming Award, he aims to create a sustainable and profitable operation while minimising environmental impact.

  • James Hawkins, 2018 Scholar, Victoria 

    • James is passionate about developing pathways in agriculture for young people. James runs multiple agricultural businesses in Victoria. He also sits on the Young Farmers Advisory Council, which advises government on issues affecting young people in agriculture, and on program delivery​

Other Scholar Presentations:

  1. Jarrod Amery, 2020 Scholar, NSW: 'What it takes to build and maintain a successful farm business'

  2. Johnny Gardner, 2020 Scholar, VIC: 'Emission reduction and productivity gains in the Australian Lamb industry'

  3. Robert Webb, 2015 Scholar, NSW: 'The use of prescribed fire as a native pasture management tool' 

  4. Bernie Byrnes, 2020 Scholar, NSW: 'Risks and rewards of investing in farmland' 



Our conference offers a unique opportunity for your organisation to feature your product and service offerings to a highly targeted and engaged national agricultural industry audience. The strength of our Nuffield alumni network is a major point of difference of our program, and is evident at this event. This ensures your investment continues to be valuable for many years to come. 

Our National Conference has been growing, with more than 400 attending in 2019. With the continued annual increase in attendee numbers, there has likewise been an expansion in industry sector representation, providing an invaluable networking event for agricultural producers, supply chain participants, agribusiness and government. 

We thank our 2022 Platinum Partners:


We thank 2022 Networking Cocktail Reception Partner:





We thank 2022 Silver Partner:

We thank Regional Tour Partner:

Beef and sheep, grain, dairy and poultry all featured in the

tour with visits to: 

  • Goonnoo Goonoo 3R Angus Bulls sale, its first bull sale for 40 years. 2012 Scholar James Walker and David Bonfield showed the facilities and discussed their Angus genetics program.

  • Killara feedlot is a supplier of quality cattle to both domestic and export markets, with feeding programs ranging from 70 days through to 150 days or more. They are a supplier of high grade, grain fed cattle with a number of loyal long term customers throughout Australia.

  • 1998 Nuffield Scholar David Brownhill, along with his brother and their families, farm Merrilong Pastoral Company at Spring Ridge on the Liverpool Plains. This 8,000-ha business growers wheat, sorghum, mungbeans, chickpeas, cotton, faba beans.

  • Carroll Cotton Company has been delivering the highest quality in cotton ginning and customer service for over 20 years. Located in the New South Wales cotton growing region of the Upper Namoi Valley, Carroll Cotton Company is an independent cotton gin and one of a few family-owned gins remaining in Australia.

  • Thomas Foods International, lamb processing and biogas, providing premium quality Australian meat and seafood to families around the world.

  • Peel Valley Milk is rub by a local family, who have been dairy farmers for five generations. Their jersey cows have won major awards and sold for premium prices both Nationally and Internationally

Dinner on Wednesday night was held at Tamworth Hotel with special guest speakers. 


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