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    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Brisbane to showcase agricultural innovation at major conference

    Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries
    The Honourable Leanne Donaldson

    Friday, August 05, 2016

    Brisbane to showcase agricultural innovation at major conference

    The Palaszczuk Government is to host a two-day national conference later this year showcasing technological innovation in agriculture.

    Speaking at Ekka, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Leanne Donaldson said the AgFutures Conference, to be held in Brisbane in November, would focus on the use of new technologies that are transforming agriculture, agri-business and leading-edge research.

    “It will bring together producers, agri-business, researchers, national and international innovators,  policy makers and other key players for two days of presentations, thought provoking discussions and networking,” the Minister said.

    “AgFutures will showcase a range of advances and their applications including digital and data platforms, robotics, satellites, as well as nano, gene and bio-technologies.

    “This aligns with the Palaszczuk Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ strategy for building capacity and creating the knowledge-based jobs of the future.”

    Minister Donaldson said the aim was to position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, industry, universities and government could collaborate to turn great ideas into commercial products and businesses.

    “This is what the AgFutures Conference is all about.

    “The future of Queensland’s agricultural sector, and the opportunities created by global population growth, hinge on the uptake of new technologies and business systems.

    “A raft of agri-technologies is revolutionising agriculture and setting the scene for significant change throughout the supply chain,” the Minister said.

    “At the same time, the global investment community is looking for opportunities to support agriculture, whether it be at the farm gate, agribusiness, agri-tech or research programs.

    “The second day of the conference will focus on investment including the Queensland Investment Corporation and its recent $400 million co-investment in the North Australian Pastoral Company.

    “Sessions will also examine alternative investment and capital models for the farm sector and agri-tech. There will be a special session on ‘Investment and Agri-tech’ involving a respected guest speaker from the US, Dr Jaleh Daie, Managing Partner, Aurora Equities.

    “The conference will conclude with a discussion about opportunities in agriculture specifically in North Queensland.

    “I would encourage investors, producers and tech developers to take advantage of this special gathering and confirm their attendance now.”

    The AgFutures Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 22-23 November 2016. To register for the event visit



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