Outlook 2020 has concluded

With 13 sessions, 60 speakers and chairs, two ministerial addresses, the Spotlight trade stand exhibition, a dinner and awards presentations for the Science and Innovation Awards and the Australian Biosecurity Awards, it was a busy two days at Outlook 2020.

Thank you to our speakers and chairs for their generous contribution in sharing their expertise and time. Thank you also to our delegates who attend this year’s conference – we trust you made many new connections throughout the conference. You can catch up on speakers’ presentations here.

Planning for the 2021 conference will begin mid-year, and we would welcome your recommendations for speakers, ideas for sessions and to explore partnership opportunities. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.


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Program highlights

Sessions at Outlook 2020 explored the practical steps to reaching $100 billion in farm output by 2030. The keynote plenary sessions - Global and national context; Agriculture in focus – outlook for commodities and farm incomes; The changing global trade landscape session; and What would rapid growth in agriculture mean for regional Australia? – generated wide ranging and thought provoking conversations.

The concurrent sessions allowed for exploration of industry issues in depth, with perspectives from all angles of the debate. Catch up on the speaker presentations from the plenary and concurrent sessions - Drought and the grains supply chain; Farms of tomorrow; Marketing beef in a changing climate; Managing biosecurity along the supply chain; Prospects for growth in irrigated agriculture; Building resilience in an uncertain climate future; Options for building natural capital on Australian farms and Horticulture.