8 December, 2021 at 6.30pm (AEDT)



Zoom: (RSVP for details)



Ellen Litchfield
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RSVP below to join us for the first webinar for our National Fellows Network!


We’ll hear from Katie McRobert (Australian Farm Institute) on whether agricultural advocacy is future-fit, followed by a panel discussion with farmers Pete Mailler, Dale Park and Olivia Lawson, who are leaders in their field and have a strong connection with Farmers for Climate Action.


The National Fellows Network

Come along each month to hear from inspiring speakers on content we believe is fundamental to the success of the Australian Agricultural industry. Plus, you will also get a chance to chat with other like minded innovators. We also really want your feedback on what you’d like to learn about or who you want us to get as a speaker, so email [email protected] with your ideas! We really value your ongoing support and hope this is a valuable tool for you.


Pete Mailler

Pete Mailler is a grain and cattle farmer from northern NSW and is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. He is the former chairman of Grain Producers Australia Ltd.

Dale Park

Dale was president of the Western Australian Farmers’ Federation and Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs Advisory Committee. He is passionate about representing his fellow producers. He is also a member of the National Farmers’ Federation environment committee and farms cattle in Badgingarra, north of Perth.

Olivia Lawson

Lawson is a seedstock producer from Victoria and is passionate about beef sustainability. She is the southern independent director of the Australian Cattle Council.

Katie McRobert

Katie is an editorial, communications and project management specialist. Prior to joining AFI, Katie worked as the global Content and Community Manager for Rabobank’s Global Farmers program and as the National Editor for the FarmOnline agricultural news service. Katie has an MBA with Distinction from Griffith University (specialising in Sustainable Business), participated in the 2020 Global Business Challenge finals and won the Most Innovative Business Project Award at the 2020 MBA Australasia Graduate Management Awards. Katie also participated in the inaugural National Farmers’ Federation 2030 Leadership Program.

Verity Morgan-Schmidt – Facilitator

Principal – Gheerulla Creek Consulting
Inaugural CEO for award winning climate advocacy organisation, Farmers for Climate Action.


Verity Morgan Schmidt started life as a farm girl in the sheep and wheat country of Western Australia. In a career that has thus far spanned remote shearing sheds, auction rooms, media conferences and Parliament House, Verity has worked in both the corporate world and agricultural advocacy: supporting farmers, graziers, and rural communities to make their voices heard on a wide range of issues; including live export, milk prices and climate change. Verity holds a Master of Arts (Politics) in Sustainability and in her current role as an independent consultant is committed to collaborations to drive rurally led solutions to our critical global challenges.


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