RPC lunch: Alasdair MacLeod’s journey from newsroom to ag carbon boom

Beef Central, 05/07/2023

Alasdair MacLeod, executive chairman of Macdoch Australia, a private investment group with major Australian farming and ag tech investments and philanthropic projects linking “natural capital” to farm productivity, will address a Rural Press Club of Queensland lunch in Brisbane on July 20.

In a career from the boardroom of Citibank to the newsroom of News Corporation, Mr MacLeod’s first passion was publishing newspapers, including The Times of London, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph and The Australian.

From the printing press to the paddock, more recently Mr MacLeod has been creating headlines of his own as a major investor in and an advocate for Australian agriculture, a journey which began in the mid-2000s when he took on management of his wife’s family farm, which had become badly affected by a ‘life changing drought’ that hit the eastern seaboard.

This experience motivated Alasdair to explore innovative approaches to livestock production and land management, and he soon found other early ‘regen’ pioneers who shared his desire to work with nature to enhance productivity while delivering climate solutions.

In 2021 Macdoch Ag Group’s Wilmot Cattle Company, based near Armidale, became the subject of international media attention when it was involved in the first significant sale of soil carbon credits via the voluntary market to Microsoft.

This transaction was ahead of its time and an early indicator for what is going to be possible for many more soil carbon projects undertaken through the Australian regulated market, some of which have been recently announced, and which will enable producers to be paid for increasing carbon on their landscapes, while continuing to operate productive grazing businesses.

Mr MacLeod will discuss the importance of using data to demonstrate the ‘sustainable’ nature of our production systems and what he believes are the crucial next steps for demonstrating how Australian agriculture can help address the two great challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, while continuing to feed the world and provide good economic returns for our producers.

WHO Alasdair MacLeod, Macdoch Australia
WHEN Thursday 20 July, 12pm to 2pm
WHERE Tattersall’s Club

215 Queen Street, BRISBANE

PRICE Members: $110 per person or $1050 per a table of ten

Non members: $120 per person or $1150 per table of ten



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