ABARES Regional Outlook conference is coming to the Wheatbelt
14 August 2014
Economic trends and regional impacts, commodity updates and a host of local issues will be on the agenda at the Albany Regional Outlook conference on 21 August.
The Albany Regional Outlook conference is hosted by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) in partnership with the West Australian Department of Agriculture and Food. The opening address will be delivered by Federal Member for O'Connor, Rick Wilson MP.
The conference features leading private sector speakers and ABARES economists who will discuss agricultural commodity forecasts, share international business experience, analyse key regional industries and explore local challenges such as market growth, profitability at the farm gate and corporate investment.
Sessions will explore the '0Global economy - local impacts', 'Productivity and innovation' and 'Thriving in a changing environment.'
ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the program is tailored to the region and the conference is open to everyone.
"The Regional Outlook conferences are an essential part of ABARES delivery of commodity forecasts and research results direct to rural and regional communities," Ms Schneider said.
"Each conference delivers thought-provoking information, from local agricultural data and innovative business practices through to the global economic overview.
"The agriculture, forestry and fishing sectors employ 20 per cent of the local region's workforce, so there is potential for plenty of discussion with 15 speakers and chairs taking part.
"Conference delegates can access the latest economic and commodity forecasts and scientific data, discuss industry trends, make new contacts in their community, and explore new approaches to traditional issues."
Group registration rates are now available to organisations registering five or more delegates.
For more information, download the conference program and registration form at daff.gov.au/abares/regional.