Mick Keogh grew up on a farm in southern NSW. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in agriculture, both obtained at the University of NSW.
His career has included periods of employment as a farm manager, a University researcher, an agribusiness consultant and an agricultural lobbyist and policy advisor.
In late 2003, he was appointed Executive Director of the Australian Farm Institute, an independent policy research institute that conducts research into strategic policy issues of importance to Australian agriculture. Since that time, Mick has been involved in research into a wide range of issues impacting on the agricultural sector both in Australia and internationally, and has authored a large number of papers and reports on these subjects.
In 2011, Mick was appointed Chairperson of the Australian Government’s panel which reviewed drought support measures. Mick was also Chairman of the Australian Government’s National Rural Advisory Council from 2012 to 2015.
Mick is a member of the Australian Government’s Emission Reduction Assurance Committee, the CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Advisory Council, the NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council and the Council of the University of Western Sydney Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment. Mick was awarded the Rabobank Australian Rural Leadership award in 2014, and the Order of Australia Medal for services to agriculture in 2015.
He remains involved in family farming interests in southern NSW.
ALFA is the peak representative body for the cattle feedlot industry. Its charter is to provide advocacy on issues that impact upon the sector, determine the allocation and prioritisation of grain fed beef levies and to deliver industry development activities to improve the standards and practices of the industry over time.
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