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ABARES Regional Outlook conference 2016

ABARES is pleased to announce the dates and locations for its 2016 Regional Outlook conferences.

The one day conferences are an essential part of our delivery of commodity forecasts and research results directly to regional communities. Each conference program is tailored to your region, and ABARES works with local organisations to develop the conference programs.

At each Regional Outlook conference, senior ABARES economists present the economic overview and forecasts for key agricultural commodities and farm financial performance. A range of regionally based speakers and producers cover topics such as industry opportunities and challenges, natural resource management, labour and water issues, and case studies from regional business people who are taking innovative approaches.

Conference delegates can hear commodity forecasts, discuss industry trends, access information and make new contacts in their community that can encourage new approaches to traditional issues. Delegates include farmers and other producers, bankers, consultants and other service providers, rural counsellors, local business owners, state and local government staff, regional development groups and many others with an interest in their region.

The Regional Outlook conferences follow from the national Outlook 2016 conference in Canberra in March with its theme of Investing in agriculture – growing our future. This recognises the need for ongoing investment in the agriculture sector to ensure its future success – in land to increase scale; in technology to enhance productivity; in people to ensure the skills needed to capture the opportunities of a modern industry and to create succession opportunities. On the supply side it recognises the new and increasingly diverse sources of capital available to agriculture and alternative financing models that are providing opportunities for farmers.

Please contact us if you would like further information about a Regional Outlook conference in your area.

Dates and Locations

  • Hobart, Tasmania, 27 April 2016
  • Port Lincoln, South Australia, 18 May 2016
  • Darwin, Northern Territory, 6 July 2016
  • Townsville, Queensland, 27 July 2016
  • Bunbury, Western Australia, 17 August 2016
  • Traralgon, Victoria, 5 October 2016
  • Griffith, New South Wales, 26 October 2016


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