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Three jam- packed days

By Country News

An iconic Queensland venue will become a focal point of agribusiness activity from September 17 to 19, as more than 300 of the nation’s best and brightest in farming come together for the 2019 Nuffield Australia National Conference.

Nuffield Australia’s flagship event will be held at the Royal International Convention Centre, the home of Brisbane’s EKKA.

This year’s theme is based on the three key pillars of ‘Collaborate, Innovate and Cultivate’.

The conference opens with the awards dinner, followed by two days of informative seminars, networking events, trade exhibitions, and a tour of scholars’ farms and agribusinesses across the Darling Downs region on September 20 and 21.

Nuffield Australia interim chief executive and 2013 Queensland scholar Jodie Redcliffe said she was excited to be hosting the prestigious conference on home soil, a state she believes is rich in diversity, innovation and resilience, especially when it comes to agriculture.

‘‘With generous support from our platinum partner Rabobank, the conference provides a meeting point to connect and exchange knowledge within Australian agriculture, and as a state so focussed on farming’s growth and prosperity, we cannot wait to welcome attendees for three days of exciting sessions and speakers,’’ Ms Redcliffe said.

‘‘Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from returning Nuffield scholars, who will present the findings of their cutting edge global research.

‘‘This year, speakers will cover highly topical research areas, such as business risk management in variable climates, effective branding to attract premiums, facilitating the uptake of new farm technologies, soil health and regeneration principles.’’

Keynote speakers include former president of the Australian Rugby Union and National Farmers’ Federation David Crombie, and Grains Research and Development Corporation chair John Woods.

Early bird registration is now open.

■To register, or to find out more information, visit: https://nuffield.com.au/2019-nuffield-australia-national-conference/