Putting agricultural investment under the microscope at Outlook 2016

​3 December 2015

The theme for ABARES Outlook 2016 conference has been announced—Investing in agriculture—growing our future.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the conference would address the key challenges for the agriculture sector and highlight the investment opportunities for future growth and success.

“The theme of the conference recognises the need for continued investment in agriculture – in land to increase scale of operations, technology to enhance productivity and yield and people to ensure the right skills needed to capture the opportunities of a modern industry—all these are in scope at the conference,” Ms Schneider said.

“Conference presenters will also discuss the new and increasingly diverse sources of capital available to agriculture and alternative financing models that are providing opportunities for farmers and agribusiness.

“Investment—in all its facets—is part of the national conversation on agriculture and Outlook 2016 is a chance to hear views on all the issues from a range of expert speakers from ABARES, the private sector and producers.”

International presenters include Wim Boonstra from Rabobank The Netherlands, Philip Evans from Boston Consulting Group, Mary Bohman from the Economic Research Service at the United States Department of Agriculture, Tassos Haniotis from the European Commission, and Joe Glauber from the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Other speakers include economist Saul Eslake, Elizabeth O'Leary from Macquarie Agricultural Funds Management, Isobel Knight from Proagtive, Barry Irvine from Bega Cheese, Tom Kompas from the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis, Richard Dickmann from Bayer Crop Science, Ric Sinclair from Forest and Wood Products Australia and Christine Pitt from Meat & Livestock Australia.

During the conference dinner, the winners of the 2016 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Biosecurity Awards will be announced.

The conference will be held in Canberra on 1 and 2 March.

Early-bird registrations are open now for a limited time. Enquiries to Conferences.

More information on the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

More information on the Biosecurity Awards.​​
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