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UNE’s IFAMA Student Case Study Team’s Competition Results

Saint Paul, Minneapolis played host to the recent International Food and Agribusiness Management Association’s (IFAMA) 25th Annual World Conference from June 14-18, as well as a team of students from University of New England (UNE), Australia’s only representative team in the 2015 Student Case Study Competition.

Placing third in their heat, the team of four, comprising of Craig McGlashan (Bugaldie, NSW), Elizabeth Star (Cudgewa, VIC), Peggy Keats (Cloncurry, QLD) and Sarah Rohr (Silverdale, NSW), excelled in the case study focused on the Monsato acquisition of The Climate Corporation, with Michigan State University, USA, taking the competition’s top prize.

Supported by Rimfire Resources, as well as by Grain Growers, Future Farmers Network, Australian Agricultural & Resource Economics Society (AARES), Limousin and Rural R&D Corporations, the students embarked on a future career enhancing trip, rubbing shoulders with international agribusiness professionals at the conference.

Becoming the Solution: Food Security 2050 was the theme for the 2015 IFAMA Conference, focusing on three elements: “the Flow of Talent in the Food and Agribusiness Sector (People), Climate-Smart Food and Agribusiness Systems (Climate); and Better Analytics and Deeper Insight Management (Big Data),” according to Thad Simons, IFAMA Board President.

Outside of the conference the students, alongside Rimfire Resources Managing Director Mick Hay and Director Nigel Crawley, inspected the Cargill Food Innovation Center as well as visiting Land O’Lakes, agricultural cooperative, where they spoke to Tim Levini, a University of New England Alumni, about his role and their future career paths.

We look forward to of Craig, Elizabeth, Peggy and Sarah’s return from travels to hearing about their trip highlights and what they learned along the way.