Regional Outlook conference coming to Ararat

Business case studies from agricultural innovators; climate adaptation; trade agreements; water security and increased productivity through digital technology are just some of the topics being discussed at a free conference in regional Victoria on 26 July 2017.

Hosted by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES), the Ararat Regional Outlook conference will hear from local producers as well as ABARES economists and speakers from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Bureau of Meteorology, Birchip Cropping Group, GWMWater and Precision Agriculture.

Acting ABARES Executive Director and conference speaker, Peter Gooday, said the one-day conference was a valuable event for those working in agricultural and associated industries in regional Victoria.

“Regional Outlook conferences provide an opportunity for stakeholders in the agriculture sector to network and discuss the latest economic trends, hear commodity updates and learn more about emerging opportunities in the sector,” Mr Gooday said.

“With new, locally relevant commodity and economic data and analysis, the Ararat Regional Outlook conference will assist delegates in planning ahead, to understand the outlook for the sector, and where the opportunities and challenges lie.”

The conference – to be officially opened by Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie – will focus on the national and international economic issues affecting the State, free trade agreements, increasing productivity with digital technology, weather and climate forecasting, the challenges of climate change and farming and raising sheep enterprise profits.

“Attending the conference is a great way for delegates to build on their industry knowledge and network with colleagues from businesses across the region,” Mr Gooday said.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Peter Gooday and Rohan Nelson, ABARES
  • Michael Dean, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Michael Craig, Tuloona Pastoral
  • Ben Fleay, Precision Agriculture
  • Charles De Fegely, Quamby
  • Ted Williams, Bureau of Meteorology
  • David Drage, Wakerley Farm
  • Chris Sounness, Birchip Cropping Group
  • Mark Williams and Simon Coutts, GWMWater.

There is no registration fee to attend however pre-conference registration is essential.

Conference details

Date: 26 July 2017
Venue: Alexandra Oval Community Centre, Ararat, VIC
Time: Registration from 8.30 am, conference 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: Registration is complimentary but pre-event enrolment is required. Download the program and register online.

Source: ABARES