Devonport Regional Outlook conference

​​​​23 August 2017 at the Waterfront Function Centre, 17 Devonport Road, in Devonport, Tasmania

Registration is complimentary for all delegates, however pre-event registration is essential. Please register online​ or complete the registration form in the pdf program available on this page.

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

Delegates may also be interested in attending Austrade’s free North Asia FTAs Seminar Breakfast to find out how to take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with China (ChAFTA), Japan (JAEPA) and Korea (KAFTA).

Speakers include The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment; Ollie Shugg and Sally Phillips from Austrade; Rhiannon Stanley, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Sally Chandler, International Trade Adviser, TradeStart; Geoff Atkinson, State Manager Tasmania, AusIndustry; and a local business case study. From 7am - 8:30am at the Quality Hotel Gateway. Register for FTA Information Seminar – Devonport, Tasmania​.​


8.30 am Registration

Innovation in agriculture – capturing the opportunities

CHAIR Margot Kelly, ABC Rural
9.00 AM Welcome to Country

Opening address by The Hon Keith Pitt MP, Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment

9.30 AM Peter Gooday, ABARES - Big picture issues affecting agriculture in Tasmania
9.50 AM Lorraine Gordon, Farming Together - Increasing returns through collaboration

10.10 AM Questions and discussion
10.30 AM Morning tea

Innovation in Tasmanian livestock industries

CHAIR Caroline Brown, Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment

11.00 AM Peter Collins, ABARES, Commodity outlook and issues
11.20 AM Dave Fields, Fields Agri – Innovative use of once a day milking with a large herd
11.40 AM Trevor Fleming, Greenham – Paddock to plate 2.0 - processing and marketing beef in a digital age
12:00 PM Tom Snare, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture / Nuffield Scholar - Dairy beef and the application of lean management in agriculture

12.20 PM Questions and discussion

1.00 PM Lunch

Growing rural industries in a changing environment

CHAIR Mike Brindley, Regional Development Australia - Tasmania

2.00 PM David James, Bureau of Meteorology - Weather forecasts and climate outlooks: keeping up with the latest
2.20 PM Josh Wing, Harvest Moon – The benefits of precision agriculture in vegetable production
2.40 PM Rebecca Duffy, Holm Oak Vineyards / 2016 Tasmanian Rural Woman of the Year - Growing a wine business with innovative approaches to selling
3.00 PM Roger Stanley, Centre for Food Innovation - Opportunities enabled by MATS microwave food processing to increase value capture from Tasmanian produce

3.20 PM Questions and discussion

4.00 PM Close and afternoon tea

Registration includes:

  • conference entry
  • morning and afternoon teas, and lunch
  • 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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