The world may have changed since our last Pronet National Conference; however, we still want to give you the opportunity to continue your personal and professional development.  With that in mind, we are moving the Pronet National Conference online and will bring you one webinar a week for the month of August in our Pronet National Conference Webinar Series.

Take a quick look below to see who ProAdvice have been able to secure this year – some favourites, some topical items and one high profile sports personality!

You can choose to attend all four sessions or pick and choose which ones you want to attend.  Either way be sure to register, even if you cannot make it, so you can receive a recording.  The series includes:


Week 1

5th August 2020 6:30pm to 8pm EST – Returning to work on the family business
Lachlan Polkinghorne will facilitate a panel discussion with some next gen farmers on their decision to return to work in the family business.  Even before the legal matters of succession are considered, how do people fit in and what lured them back to the family business as opposed to continuing in their careers?

The panel includes:

Jamie Taylor – After developing a career in Collins St, Jamie and his wife Georgie have traded coffee on Sydney Road for life on ‘Warrambeen’ located between Shelford & Rokewood in Victoria.

Jo Williams – After finishing a Bachelor of Ag Science at Adelaide Uni, Jo spent a year abroad in Canada on a rural exchange.  Met a boy (Nigel), fell in love,  and then she and Nigel settled in Port Lincoln where she worked with SARDI (Department of Ag) running the NVT (National Variety Trials) on the Eyre Peninsula and with Nigel cabinet making.  After the death of her Father, Trevor, in 2007, she moved back to the family farm in 2009 to join the business with Mum Coralie and Brother Michael. Jo has continued to work off farm as a Lucerne Plant Breeder, as well as raising two children with Nigel.

Jeremy Lush – Jeremy has recently completed his tertiary education at Marcus Oldham, and with this parents Rodney and Sally, has chosen a career on farm located between Keith and Tintinara in SA.

Thomas Botterill – Thomas has built a successful career working with Barenbrug Australia, and has only recently decided to move back into the family business located at Digby in Victoria.

Tune in to find out how these families managed the challenges of working with family, the strategies they implemented, and the key take home lessons.



Week 2

12th August 2020 6:30pm to 8pm EST – Economic Outlook
With the world in the grip of a health pandemic and many economies struggling to the point of recession, what will this mean for our investments?  Join Charles Gabriel from Morgans to hear his views on the future of global investments.  Other questions we have posed for Charles include:

– What will the Government and Federal banks injections into the currency and equity markets mean for the future?

– How do people manage risk and return in investment strategies during these times?

– What are some companies and sectors that currently look attractive?

– What are some companies and sectors to avoid at this time?


Week 3

19th August 2020 6.30pm to 8pm EST – Being Resilient in Uncertain Times
The all-time cricketing great Justin Langer will be presenting his views on being resilient in uncertain times.  It was Justin Langer who stood tall in the midst of the ‘sandpaper-gate’ which at the time was a major crisis plagued with uncertainty for the players, the Board and Australian Cricket as a whole.  It was through Justin’s leadership that the team found their way back into the hearts and minds of Australian’s and it is this level of resilience and leadership we hope to learn from Justin and apply to our businesses in these current uncertain times.

Week 4

26th August 2020 6:30pm to 8pm EST – Commodity Outlook
With some unrest in the relationship of our major trading partner China, what does the future of the commodities markets look like?  Rob Hermann of Mecardo will share his views on the future of sheep meat, beef, grain, and wool.  Other questions we have posed for Rob include:

– What has been the play out with historical global economic shocks in Australian red meat and grain markets?

– If there is a hyperinflation event as a result from government injection of cash into the system due to the global pandemic, will this be a good or a bad thing for commodity prices and farming net profit?

– Will the wool price recover or is the current pricing the new normal?

– Can domestic consumption in red meats and grains fill any shortfall from global demand fluctuations?

– If unemployment goes to 20% when the accelerator comes off the job keeper pedal, what will this mean for red meat and grain markets?


We know for many of you this may be the first time you have participated in a webinar, so to help take the pressure off, we would like to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for the speakers in advance.  You can do that by emailing us at using subject line of ‘pronet questions’.  Of course, you will still have the opportunity to ask questions on the night via the Q&A panel.


In the meantime, please click the above links to register for the sessions, and we look forward to “seeing” you online soon.


Kind regards


The team at ProAdvice

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