Queensland AgFutures Conference On In Brisbane From 22-23 November 2016

Queensland AgFutures Conference On In Brisbane From 22-23 November 2016

Queensland Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne

AgFutures To Showcase Agriculture’s Brightest Ideas

Victor P Taffa

First Queensland AgFutures Conference will tomorrow host some of the world’s brightest minds and most brilliant innovations in agriculture.

Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Bill Byrne said he was looking forward to welcoming the exhibitors, innovators, investors and producers to Brisbane for two days that would investigate the future for the industry and explore how Queensland’s producers could lead the world. 

“This conference will position Queensland as a place where entrepreneurs, industry, universities and government can collaborate to turn great ideas into commercial reality.” Minister Byrne said.


“Internationally-renowned researchers and innovators will be leading the discussion on the future of farming with leading plant biologist Dr. Jaleh Daie an advisor to three American Presidents and KPMG’s global head of agribusiness, Ian Proudfoot, among the speakers.”

“The conference will host a strong Queensland and Australian contingent of researchers, academics, policy makers and representatives from a variety of sectors.”

“It’s exciting it’s an opportunity to see the technology and listen to the ideas that will shape the future for Queensland producers.”

AgFutures will also usher in two new industry awards with the establishment of the Peter Kenny Medal and the Minister’s Emerging Leaders Award.

Peter Kenny Medal is for innovation leading to profitability and sustainability and the Minister’s Emerging Leaders Award recognises an individual from within the primary industry sector who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or potential to make a contribution to their field or profession, the wider industry and the community.

“Mr. Kenny was an influential and devoted advocate of agriculture, rural education and regional communities.” Minister Byrne said.

“He was passionate about agriculture and rural issues and educating the next generation of producers. Applicants for this prize had to be involved in agriculture, fisheries or forestry in some capacity.”

“The Minister’s award is an award for up and comers and is only open to young leaders aged 18 to 30.”

Queensland Government is committed to driving innovation, building on Queensland’s natural advantages and raising Queensland’s profile as attractive investment destination.

“Building this future will largely depend on attracting and nurturing Queensland’s best and brightest by giving them opportunities to develop their skills and put their ideas into action.” Minister Byrne said.

“These awards have revealed the high calibre of nominees from a across a variety of industries and roles, and the finalists all demonstrated exceptional leadership in their chosen fields.”

AgFutures Conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre on 22-23 November 2016.