What does a futurist, an 'unbreakable' farmer and the Betoota Advocate have in common? They will all be presenting at the 2019 Australian Summer Grains Conference on the Gold Coast in July.
While engaging key speakers are a feature of the event, the conference will primarily showcase five grains - maize, soybean, sorghum, sunflower and mungbean - and will attract growers, researchers, marketers and customers from across Australia.
The theme of this year's event, 'enduring farm profitability', is a direct reflection of the grains industry's on-going quest to improve productivity, product quality and profitability.
An exceptional line up of international and Australian speakers will address delegates on the latest innovations in grain production, crop protection and marketing, with topics covering farming practices, agronomic research and development, information technology, farm business management and advances in commodity marketing.
Platinum sponsor, the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), is at the forefront of underpinning profitability gains to Australian summer crop growers through investments in research, development and extension (RD&E) projects - many of which will be showcased during the conference.
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GRDC Grower Relations Manager - North, Susan McDonnell, said the conference offered summer grain growers, farm advisers and the broader grains community a valuable opportunity to stay informed.
Some of Australia's leading scientists, who are collaborating on GRDC research investments, will be presenting to growers, advisers and the broader grains community the research results that aim to help combat the most pressing challenges on-farm.
"The enormous contribution summer grain crops make to the productivity and profitability of Australian farming systems will be in the spotlight in July during the 2019 Australian Summer Grains Conference," Mrs McDonnell said.
"The conference represents a valuable opportunity to communicate some of GRDC's key summer crop research initiatives, particularly in agronomy, weeds, nutrition, diseases, soils, farming systems and pests.
"Some of Australia's leading scientists, who are collaborating on GRDC research investments, will be presenting to growers, advisers and the broader grains community the research results that aim to help combat the most pressing challenges on-farm."
This year, the conference will be opened by guest speaker Paul Higgins from Emergent Futures. Professor Higgins is a nationally-recognised futurist who makes predictions for the future based on current trends. He has a degree in Veterinary Science, a Bachelor of Animal Science (research) and a Masters' degree in Strategic Foresight.
Prof Higgins will be sharing his thoughts on future disruptions to business models and how the grains industry should be thinking longer term.
Warren Davies, otherwise known as 'The Unbreakable Farmer', is another guest speaker at this year's event. Mr Davies will share his journey of piecing back together his life and the lessons in resilience, persistence and determination he learnt along the way.
Betoota Advocate editors Clancy Overell and Errol Parker will be the plenary speakers for day two of the conference. The Advocate is a small, independent regional publication from far-west Queensland. Mr Overell and Mr Parker pride themselves on reporting on news and current affairs without fear or favour and claim to have more online readers than publications such as The Australian.
The Australian Summer Grains Conference is being held at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from July 8-10.
For more information or to register for the event go to http://australiansummergrains.com.au/#