FARM WORLD CONFERENCES AND FUNCTIONSWomen in Agriculture Luncheon - Presented by Telstra Thursday 30th March 2017 from 12pm - 2pmCost: $45.00 (Ticket includes entry to Farm World, Women in Agriculture presentations, lunch and a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival). Our ever-popular ladies day will once again celebrate the vital role of women in rural and regional Australia at our special ‘Women in Agriculture’ luncheon. Our guest speakers this year is the fabulous Rebel Black and local agri-superstar Emma Germano. Rebel describes herself as a human agronomist and says she is on a journey of constant discovery realising that the journey is the destination! At age 22 Rebel launched her first business from an office on the opal fields at Lightning Ridge, NSW and since then she has spent the past 16 years creating award winning businesses and leading development in women’s empowerment, community, tourism, education, business and social, emotional and physical wellbeing. Rebel is a Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation, is a past member of the NSW Rural Women’s State Advisory Committee, past President of the Australian Opal Centre and is a Legatee. She holds qualifications in business, food coaching, forensic healing, community development and training and assessment. In 2015 Rebel’s business THE Rural Woman was named by Google as a Regional Online Hero and in 2016 the business was one of the national winners of the Collective+Lexus Start Up Pitch Competition. Emma Germano, from Mirboo North, Victoria, is the General Manager of I Love Farms, a family run, mixed farming operation supplying domestic and international markets. Emma is passionate about farming, advocacy and connecting consumers with where their food comes from. Driven to find solutions to the global challenge of food security, Emma was awarded a Nuffield Farming Scholarship in 2014 which allowed her to undertake research into global export opportunities for Australian primary producers. Emma is an active advocate for Australian agriculture, holding multiple roles within industry. Ultimately, Emma strives to be a strong voice, representing farmers and ensuring a vibrant and sustainable future for agriculture in Australia. The Women in Agriculture lunch is a signature event at Farm World and provides the perfect platform to not only listen to some inspirational speakers but also to liaise and network with many other talented women. Rebel Black Emma Germano Farm World - Official Opening Luncheon Friday 31st March 2017 from 11.00am until 1.00pmCost: $45.00 per person (includes ticket entry to Farm World, feature presentations, lunch and beverages) 2017 is a celebratory year for Lardner Park as we commemorate 50 years of hosting Farm World. With such a significant milestone, we would like to welcome you to attend the Official Opening luncheon to hear stories of the past, plans for the future and reminisce about all the trials, tribulations and fun times had at the event with local identity and entrepreneur Kevin Dale as the MC. With the theme of Farm World in 2017 being “Food and Fibre”, you will also hear from Paul Ford, Chair of Agribusiness Gippsland, about the importance of this industry sector and the incredible work that is being done within the region to secure a strong future for all things food and fibre. Collaborate to Innovate Forum Friday the 31st of March 2017 from 2.00pm until 4.30pmThis event is free to attend. No charge will be applied to your booking. The Society of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) comes together with the Young Farmers Ministerial Advisory Council (YFMAC) to present an engaged forum titled “Collaborate to Innovate”, on accessing technology to enhance farm management and output. Case study learnings will be shared on collaboration of smaller farming practices to access ‘big-farmer’ technology, resulting in innovation through precision agriculture solutions and data management technology, followed by a panel of industry expert representatives stemming from a range of agribusiness areas to share their journeys using innovation and technology. Complete the session with tips in social media to learn, share, connect and be inspired in agriculture.