ABARES holds Regional Outlook conferences in each state and the Northern Territory each year, taking its agricultural commodity forecasts and discussions on key issues affecting rural industries to regional communities.
ABARES executive director Paul Morris said the Toowoomba conference has been tailored to the region and will be valuable for anyone wishing to access the latest economic and scientific data and information for decision makers in the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors.
“The Regional Outlook conferences are an essential part of our delivery of commodity forecasts and research results direct to rural and regional communities,” Mr Morris said.
“The conferences engage regional audiences in the key issues affecting the outlook for Australia’s agricultural, fisheries and forestry industries, natural resources, climate and trade."
The Toowoomba Regional Outlook conference will feature a range of local producers, business owners and regional organisations, complemented by ABARES speakers in four sessions focused on the region.
Panellists will explore topics such as the current context for innovation, national broadband network, role of science, experimentation and design, future producers, regional development, future industries, new technologies, the digital economy and social media.