Alison Larard is a career agribusiness and finance specialist. Raised on a mixed livestock and cropping farm near Warwick on the Darling Downs, Alison has a life-long commitment to Australian agriculture. This interest has been formalised with a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics from University of Queensland and a Masters of Business Administration from University of New England, majoring in Agribusiness, International marketing and Project Management.
Having worked for 15 years in banking, farming, benchmarking & business management, farm financial counselling & agricultural economics, Alison estimates she has worked with over 250 businesses. Many of these families have been based in North Queensland in the beef, dairy, horticulture, field cropping, sugar and various niche industries. Business planning and management, applications for finance, feasibility studies, project and turnaround management, and succession planning are all areas of expertise for Alison.
Recently published, in the CSIRO’s The Rangeland Journal, Alison and a group of colleagues published their findings from 3 years of project work entitled Rangeland profitability in the northern Gulf region of Queensland: understanding beef business complexity and the subsequent impact on land resource management and environmental outcomes. She will co-present these findings at the International Rangelands Conference in Canada in mid-2016. Alison currently resides on the family farm at Evelyn on the Atherton Tablelands. In her down-time she loves fishing trips with “her boys” Bart, Ian and Andrew.