The National Rural Press Club (NRPC) held its first event in July 2016, thanks to a special talk by the outgoing US Embassy Agricultural Counselor Hugh Maginnis. After almost four years representing the US Ambassador and the US Secretary of Agriculture on all related matters within Australia and NZ, Hugh shared his experiences of his time ‘down under’ at an event at the National Press Club in Canberra. and also spoke about other topical issues and provided his views on the US and Australian farm sectors. Special guests included Shadow Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Joel Fitzgibbon who acknowledged and thanked Hugh for his time in Australia.
The NRPC was formally re-launched in March 2017 by the Deputy Prime Minister and Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce who praised the concept for bringing together those with a common passion and cause for communicating rural issues. Attendees heard from a range of special guest speakers with a wealth of experience including independent MP Cathy McGowan, Greens rural and agricultural spokesperson Janet Rice, WA Labor Senator and long-serving rural committee member Glenn Sterle, Financial Review journalist Phil Coory and The Guardian’s Gabrielle Chan who also passed on their rural experiences and views to the strong crowd. The night was a huge success with the NRPC’s sponsors also unveiled – Westpac Agribusiness, Case IH, GrainCorp, Animal Medicines Australia and CropLife Australia.
Check out some photos from our networking lunch held Thursday 23 November, in Canberra. It was a great opportunity to connect with our sponsors, members and other agriculture professionals. The lunch at the Wild Duck Inn on the Kingston foreshore was attended by about 30 different groups of varying degrees but who all share common interests on tackling the big issues concerning rural and regional Australians.