Darwin Regional Outlook conference

​​​​​​​​5 July 2017 at the Oaks Elan Darwin, 31 Woods Street in Darwin, Northern Territory.

Registration is complimentary for all delegates, however pre-event registration is essential.​

Join others from around your region to hear the latest economic trends and commodity updates from ABARES speakers, as well as business innovation stories and new approaches from local business people and producers.


8.30 am Registration

Innovation in agriculture – capturing the opportunities

CHAIR Lydia Burton, ABC Rural
9.00 AM Welcome to Country

Opening address by Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion, Senator for Northern Territory and Minister for Indigenous Affairs

9.30 AM Trish Gleeson, ABARES - Big picture issues affecting agriculture in the north
9.50 AM Lorraine Gordon, Farming Together – Increasing returns through collaboration

10.10 AM Questions and discussion
10.30 AM Morning tea

Innovation in the northern cattle industry

CHAIR Lorraine Corowa, Department of Primary Industry and Resources

11.00 AM Peter Collins, ABARES Commodity outlook and issues
11.20 AM Tom Ryan, NT Cattlemen’s Association – Growing the NT cattle industry: opportunities and constraints
11.40 AM Tim Driver, Precision Pastoral - Using new technology profitably in the cattle industry
12.00 PM Gehan Jayawhardana, Profitable Bulls – Improving station profit through genetics

12.20 PM Questions and discussion

1.00 PM Lunch

Expanding and diversifying northern agriculture in a changing environment

CHAIR Mark Coffey, Office of Northern Australia

2.00 PM Greg Browning, Bureau of Meteorology – Climate variability and change: what might the future hold for the Northern Territory
2.20 PM Simon Smith, Northern Territory Farmer’s Association - Northern Agriculture: Food Bowl or Fools Bowled
2.40 PM Kate Peake, 2017 NT Rural Woman of the Year – Sustainable water use in northern agriculture
3.00 PM Saramat Ruchkaew, Tou’s Garden – Growing a horticulture business in the Top End

3.20 PM Questions and discussion

4.00 PM Close and afternoon tea

Registration includes:

  • conference entry
  • morning, lunch and afternoon tea
  • copy of the delegate directory for easier networking
  • copy of ABARES ‘About my region’ agricultural industries profile
  • access to ABARES recent publications.
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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