The Queensland agricultural conference, one of the most important events in the agricultural industry, is taking place today at Pullman Brisbane King George Square hotel in Brisbane.
According to the statement by Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, The Honourable John McVeighthe, the all-day event (8.30am–7.00pm) follows the launch of the Queensland Agriculture Strategy last year which provided the framework for government and industry to work together.
The theme of the Conference is “Growing Opportunities”.
“I’m delighted a first-time event such as this has had such a positive response and it will be a great platform to launch the first State of Queensland agriculture report. The Queensland Government has a strong plan that will create a brighter future for thousands of families and for the industry state wide,” the Minister said.
“When we came to Government we set about re-establishing a dedicated department for Agriculture and revitalising our frontline agriculture positions. We already export $8.9 billion in agriculture food and products a year, so naturally, there’s been huge interest, with about 240 people expected to attend.”
The conference sessions will be organised around the four key pathways of the Strategy — Resources, Productivity, Markets and Production.
“We have a fantastic line up of speakers who are all experts in the field of business and are drawn from a diverse range of agriculture industries and will offer varied and unique insights,” Mr McVeighthe said.
“Throughout the day we’ll be hearing from key industry figures including Mr Peter Keyte, General Manager Port of Brisbane, who will be talking about the dedicated freight rail project which will link south western Queensland to the port. From within my own department, Dr Simon Middleton will share details of the Kalei apple research to commercialisation success story.”
A networking function will be held following the Conference providing attendees with a unique opportunity to meet delegates including peak bodies Government investors/funders, academics and researchers, agribusiness and other key decision makers within the agricultural industry.