Outlook 2018

Welcome to Outlook 2018 - Creating value in an increasingly connected world

Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Executive Director, ABARESThe ABARES Outlook 2018 conference will be the premier information and networking forum for the agriculture sector.

Outlook 2018 is focused on the outlook for Australia’s agriculture sector, including the complex influences that will shape international markets and demand for Australian agricultural commodities and produce over the coming decade. Across the sessions, delegates will hear about the growth opportunities for Australian commodities, and the challenges and opportunities for exporters in a globally competitive and evolving market.

At Outlook 2018 the program and participants will combine to provide a unique combination of public and private sector perspectives, with the latest agricultural analysis and forecasts.

I invite you to join us in Canberra on Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 March to network with your colleagues from across agriculture, to hear leading industry speakers and access the latest industry analysis and insights to underpin your strategic business planning.

Steve Hatfield-Dodds, Executive Director, ABARES


The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. Our mission is to provide professionally independent and world-class multi-disciplinary research, analysis and advice to inform public and private sector decision-makers on significant issues affecting Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Explore the ABARES website for open access publications, surveys, data, media releases and more.

About Outlook 2018


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Leading speakers and producers confirmed for Outlook 2018

  • John Clarke, European Commission
  • Rainer Heufers, Center for Indonesian Policy Studies
  • Erlend Ek, China Policy
  • Jessica Koch, Breezy Hill Ag, SA
  • Ryan Arnold, Pyap Produce
  • Peter Holding, Harden NSW
  • Michael Craig, Tuloona Pastoral
  • Chris Kelly, Kelly Grains, Tocumwal, NSW
  • Stuart Hodge, Hodge Farms
Discover the conference program

Why attend Outlook 2018?

  • Choose from 15 comprehensive sessions featuring leading industry presenters.
  • Join delegates for excellent networking and information opportunities.
  • Hear from keynote and international speakers.
  • Plan your business strategies to stay ahead of competitors.
  • Update your industry knowledge and understanding of industry specific issues.
  • Attend sessions focused on future trends and industry issues.
  • Meet stakeholders from all aspects of the agriculture sector.

Be a part of the conversation at Outlook 2018.

Showcase your organisation with a trade stand

Centrally located in the venue foyer where morning and afternoon teas are served, a trade stand introduces your organisation to delegates, offers a convenient meeting point to resume conversations started in sessions and consolidates your presence at the event.  Exhibitors can showcase new website tools and apps, launch a flagship publication and be a visible part of the conference. Find out more


There’s a range of flexible registration options to help you plan your conference attendance and manage your time away from the office.

  • Standard registration (two days including dinner, after Friday 26 January 2018) - $1400pp
  • Group rate (two days including dinner, minimum of four delegates registering together) - $1000pp
  • Single day registration (excluding dinner) - $750pp
  • dinner ticket (for guests and day registrants) - $125pp

    (all prices include GST).

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Reflecting the diverse nature of agriculture, Outlook 2018 sessions will examine:

  • Keynote economic overview
  • Farm performance: can digital technology transform farm marketing?
  • Horticulture: connecting with consumers
  • Leading rural transformation
  • The changing regulatory framework in Australia’s export markets
  • Meat: adding value in competitive livestock markets
  • Grains: profiting from market innovation
  • Innovation in policy: rethinking rural investment
  • Future food choices, demand and distribution panel discussion
  • Preparing for tomorrow’s climate today
  • Growing agriculture with new capital and technology
  • Dairy: creating value
  • There’s more to market access than tariffs
  • Shared responsibility and partnerships in contested spaces
  • Future of water markets in the southern Murray Darling Basin​

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