Forum to bring together Central West agricultural leaders

28 JULY 2022

Forum to bring together Central West agricultural leaders

Charles Sturt researchers will be part of a forum in the Central West that brings together industry leaders to discuss the future of agriculture.

  • Charles Sturt researchers to present at Agribusiness Today Forum on Thursday 4 August
  • Charles Sturt cofounded the event in 1995
  • The event will be held over two days with a forum on day one and field visit on day two

Charles Sturt University researchers will feature among a panel of experts to present at the Agribusiness Today Forum in Forbes in August.

The Agribusiness Today Forum was cofounded by Charles Sturt and Regional Development Australia Central West, and brings together guest speakers to give an insight into domestic and international market trends, opportunities for improving productivity and sustainability and increasing market growth.

The first forum was held in 1995 at Charles Sturt in Orange and is now held at a different location in the Central West each year with more than 200 agribusiness participants.

This year’s theme is ‘Mixed farming enterprises – adapting to a changing climate’.

Mr Jonathon Medway from Charles Sturt’s Global Digital Farm and Senior Lecturer in Agronomy in the Charles Sturt School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences Dr Jeff McCormick (pictured, inset) will present at the forum.

Dr McCormick said it was important for Charles Sturt to remain aware of global trends as well as informing industry of the innovations happening at the University.

“Charles Sturt University is committed to contributing to the agriculture industry through creating innovative research and education opportunities for current and future students,” he said.

“The Agribusiness Today Forum is a chance for the University to hear from other leaders in the industry and share how Charles Sturt is contributing to the growth and improvement of the agricultural sector, especially in the Central West.”

Regional Development Australia Central West CEO Mr Wayne Sunderland said the University has a lot to offer regarding expertise and innovation to the agriculture sector.

“Charles Sturt University has been working and advising in this sector long before the Agribusiness Today Forum was even a concept. It’s an honour to partner with such an outstanding institution who are at the forefront of agricultural research and teaching in our region,” he said.

“On behalf of the Central West agricultural community, I would like to thank Charles Sturt for its leadership and vision over the past 25 years in evolving the Agribusiness Today Forum to become what it is today – a leading forum which brings together expert speakers to help our local farmers gain insights on how to capitalise on current opportunities and improve both sustainability and productivity.”

Applications for the new Master of Agriculture and associated courses open in early August and Dr McCormick said he looked forward to speaking with prospective students at the Forbes event.

“These new courses will enable students to redirect or enhance their capabilities for a career in the rapidly developing agricultural and agribusiness sectors,” he said.

“Students will learn from experts, internationally acclaimed researchers, in diverse agriculture disciplines.”

“The forum will give us an opportunity to speak directly to industry leaders and producers about the new courses.”

The forum on Thursday 4 August will be held from 8.30am to 4pm with four sessions at the Forbes Golf and Sportsman's Hotel. The field visit on Friday 5 August will be held from 8.30am to 1pm, including a presentation and lunch.

Tickets for the event are available on the Eventbrite website.

Media Note:

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0429 217 026 or

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