Outlook 2020 - we invite you to contribute

ABARES is convening the Outlook 2020 conference - the agriculture sector’s premier information and networking event. The program and participants will combine to provide something that no other event can offer - a unique combination of public and private sector perspectives, and the latest agricultural analysis and forecasts underpinned by ABARES commodity analysis and long term data sets.

Outlook 2020 will attract delegates from a range of sectors, reflecting the cross sectoral environment of agriculture - all levels of government, banking and finance, primary production, industry associations, tertiary education, research and innovation organisations, natural resource management, and regional development. The two day conference program will be complemented by the conference dinner, trade stand exhibition, and numerous networking opportunities.

If you would like to recommend sessions or speakers, explore partnership opportunities and the trade stand exhibition or any other aspect, please contact us.


The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) is the research arm of the Australian Government Department of Agriculture. Our mission is to provide professionally independent and world-class multi-disciplinary research, analysis and advice to inform public and private sector decision-makers on significant issues affecting Australia’s agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries. Explore the ABARES website for open access publications, surveys, data, media releases and more.

Program announced

Sessions at Outlook 2020 will be in-depth explorations of the practical steps to reaching $100 billion in farm output by 2030. What sectors will need to boost productivity and technology adoption to be the farms of tomorrow? What sectors will benefit from new export markets? What national and international economic trends will influence fortunes?

The keynote plenary sessions at Outlook 2020 include:

  • the opening Global and national context session
  • Agriculture in focus – outlook for commodities and farm incomes which features the ABARES commodity and farm financial performance data
  • The changing global trade landscape session
  • a closing panel discussion What would rapid growth in agriculture mean for regional Australia?

Additional sessions will examine Drought and the grains supply chain; Farms of tomorrow; Marketing beef in a changing climate; Biosecurity: managing smarter; Prospects for growth in irrigated agriculture; Building resilience in an uncertain climate future; Options for building natural capital on Australian farms and Horticulture.

Agenda setting sessions, thought provoking panel discussions, opportunities to hear from leading international and national industry figures, plus in-depth analysis for key commodities, presented in two information packed days, will be hallmarks of the Outlook 2020 conference.