Food Futures Conference Program Released

The program for Australia’s largest conference on agricultural development in northern Australia has officially been released.

The three-day, Northern Australia Food Futures, program features a wide range of agricultural experts from Australia and around the world to discuss the future of farming in the north.

"This is our largest conference program to date with 92 speakers and 60 sponsors and exhibitors. All speakers will share their unique insights to address the conference theme of ‘Northern Opportunities, Myths and Realities.’ Mr Paul Burke said, CEO of NT Farmers Association.

"The program will feature a total of 12 concurrent sessions that will cover all major northern commodities and issues affecting agriculture in northern Australia. There will be sessions on diversifying the pastoral estate, the expansion of forestry, soil health, supply chains and attracting capital investment to name a few. The program has been designed to feature something for everyone."

Photo: NT Farmers President Simon Smith speaking at the 2021 Northern Australia Food Futures event

He added that there is a great mix of speakers representing the broadacre and horticulture industries, resource management, indigenous farming initiatives and agricultural development, and delegates will have numerous opportunities to ask questions in Q&A panels or via our conference app.

"Farmers and industry associations will provide important presentations on the outlook for their sectors and what producers should prepare for." Mr Burke said. AusVeg, Melons Australia, the Australian Mango Industry Association, Cotton Australia, Forestry Australia and Rabo Bank will all deliver presentations throughout the conference."

This year there will be the launch of the inaugural AgTech showcase. The event will feature agricultural drone and tractor demonstrations in addition to presentations by leaders in ag tech.

"This showcase provides farmers in the north with a unique opportunity to see ag tech in person and learn from experts about adopting technology on their farms," Mr Burke said. "The conference gala dinner is not to be missed! The fantastic networking event will be held under the stars at the Darwin Waterfront, it will feature a very special presentation by an award-winning agricultural photographer who captures agricultural scenes from around the world. In addition, the recipient of the Ian Baker Award for outstanding contribution to agriculture will also be announced."

Source: NT Farmers Press Release

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