ABARES Regional Outlook conference comes to Rocky
20 July 2015
Farmers, fishers, and others involved in agricultural industries across Queensland’s Fitzroy region will gather for the ABARES Regional Outlook conference in Rockhampton on 29 July.
ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said conference delegates would hear from a range of expert speakers from ABARES, the private sector and producers.
“This year’s conference will consider issues of profitability, productivity and innovation, with a particular focus on how these issues relate to the Fitzroy region,” Ms Schneider said.
“The Fitzroy region makes an important contribution to Queensland’s and the nation’s economy. It covers seven per cent of Queensland’s total area, but with a gross value of agricultural production of $1 billion in 2012–13, the region contributed 10 per cent of the state’s gross value of agricultural production.
“The release of the Australian Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper has helped to focus attention on productivity and profitability in agriculture. With new trade opportunities and growing overseas food demand, these are exciting times for agriculture in Australia.
“This conference will look at how the sector, and the Fitzroy region in particular, can generate business innovation and productivity, drive profitability, and how farm businesses can thrive in a changing business environment.”
Ms Schneider said conference delegates could 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.
“I encourage anyone in the region with an interest in agriculture to attend,” Ms Schneider said.
The ABARES Regional Outlook conference will be held in Rockhampton on 29 July 2015. Pre-conference registration is essential.
More information, including conference programme and registration form, is available at 2015 Regional Outlook Conferences.
Date: 29 July 2015
Venue: Rockhampton Conference Centre, 25 Yeppoon Rd, Parkhurst, Queensland
Time: Registration from 8.30 am, conference 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Registration is complimentary but pre-event enrolment is required. Registration includes: conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, About My Region profile data.
Media: Please contact the Department of Agriculture’s Media team or call 02 6272 3232 for interview requests.