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3 September 2010

The commodity outlook and financial performance of key agricultural industries in South Australia will be released at the ABARE—BRS Port Lincoln Regional Outlook conference on Wednesday 8 September.

ABARE—BRS Chief Economist Terry Sheales will speak on economic issues affecting the region and some of the challenges that lie ahead for agriculture.

“The South Australian Regional Outlook conference features presentations from 12 speakers and focuses on the financial performance of the region’s agriculture industry, while offering an overview of regional South Australia and the people contributing to the sustainability of rural communities,” Dr Sheales said.

The big picture: an economic overview

The big picture: an economic overview features ABARE—BRS’s Terry Sheales on the Economic issues affecting the region, followed by Steven Watson from Westpac with A banker’s perspective on rural finances.

Opportunities for primary industries

Opportunities for primary industries includes ABARE—BRS’s Stephen Hooper with the Outlook for agriculture. Lester Marshall from Coffin Bay Oyster Farm discusses Adapting production to meet consumer demand, while Warramboo producer Tim van Loon explores Prospering in agriculture in today’s environment. Peter Kuhlmann, a producer from Mudamuckla, will conclude the session with A farmer’s perspective on a changing grains market.

Working with the environment

Working with the environment features Andrew Watson from the Bureau of Meteorology on Climate trends on the Eyre Peninsula. Karen Hollamby, Spencer Gulf and West Coast Prawn Fishermen’s Association discusses The benefits of partnerships for industry and environment and the session concludes with John Gray, ABARE—BRS, on the Soil carbon for productivity or trading?

Emerging issues in the region

The conference concludes with Emerging issues in the region. Wilf Finn from the National Water Commission is discussing Water reform in South Australia, Stacey Fallon, Eyre Regional Development Board focuses on Value adding — lessons for all sectors and Mike Chaseling on The challenges of marketing grain from Eyre Peninsula.

Program and registration

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Date: Wednesday 8 September 2010
Venue: Kirton Bowling Club, corner of Cook and Knott Streets, Port Lincoln
Time: Registration from 8.30am, conference 9.00am — 5.00pm
Cost: $88pp (inc GST) including conference admission, copies of available speakers’ papers, lunch and morning and afternoon tea

To register for the event contact: Maree Finnegan, Marketing & Events Manager on 02 6272 2260, mobile 0417 689 567 or Angela Ellerman, Marketing & Events Coordinator on 02 6272 2303, 0408 487 825.

Media registration is complimentary.

Media inquiries: 02 6272 3232.