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Darwin to host Regional Outlook conference

Growing the northern beef industry, unlocking the agricultural potential of the north and investing in rural industries are just some of the topics on the agenda when the ABARES Regional Outlook conference comes to Darwin on 6 July 2016.

Featuring speakers from ABARES, industry leaders and local producers from across the Territory, the conference is an important opportunity for stakeholders in the agriculture sector to meet and discuss the latest economic trends, commodity updates and opportunities for the agriculture sector.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said the one-day conference is a must for those working in primary industries in the Territory.

“With new, locally relevant economic data and analysis to help producers with business planning and forecasting, the Regional Outlook conference is a great way for delegates to update their industry knowledge and network with colleagues from businesses across the region,” Ms Schneider said.

Conference presentations will span topics including investment in northern development, the future of the live cattle trade, irrigated agriculture in the north, attracting young people into agriculture and limiting bird and pest damage to horticulture industries.

Speakers at the conference include:

  • Karen Schneider and Caroline Gunning-Trant, ABARES
  • Mark Coffey, Office of Northern Australia
  • Stephen Radeski, ANZ
  • Greg Browning, Bureau of Meteorology
  • Gerard Davis, AACo
  • Stuart Kemp, Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association
  • Peter Stone, CSIRO
  • Martina Matzner, Acacia Hills Farm
  • Han Shiong Siah, Tropical Primary Products

There is no registration fee to attend, however, pre-conference registration is essential. For program information and to register online go to

Conference details

Date: 6 July 2016

Venue: 5.1.01 building, Blue precinct, Charles Darwin University, Casuarina, NT

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 at the ABARES Events page.

Registration includes: conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, About My Region profile and data.

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