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Hundreds of grain industry entrepreneurs, farmers, agriculture professionals and students are being encouraged to prepare for the annual GrainGrowers Innovation Generation conference scheduled for 23-25 July on the Gold Coast. The event, now in its seventeenth year, features a variety of educational sessions plus entertainment and networking opportunities, held under the theme "sowing for tomorrow."

To date, confirmed speakers include Rugby League legend and farm safety advocate Shane Webcke, world record sailor and climate activist Lisa Blair, Loam Bio co-founder Tegan Nock, GRDC Senior Regional Manager Gillian Meppem, and John Deere Precision Ag Marketing Manager Max Cusack.

GrainGrowers CEO Shona Gawel said the future-focused conference, designed to address industry opportunities and challenges, should not be missed.

Ms Gawel said the event had been developed by a working group of growers and ag professionals with a focus on equipping and empowering tomorrow’s agricultural leaders in a very practical manner with the information and skills needed to address industry opportunities and challenges.

“The event is an exciting occasion for our emerging industry professionals to hear from a range of great speakers and agricultural leaders with real-life experience and network with other industry participants.

"Over the past decade this event has grown from strength to strength, and it is motivating to see and experience people getting directly involved in the challenges facing the industry.

"In putting together the program, we have chosen a variety of speakers who can share ideas and question how things are done. It is shaping up as another great event, and I would encourage people to set aside the time, come along and listen, and get involved in the discussions," Ms Gawel said.

Innovation Generation comprises a mix of speakers, panel discussions on agriculture's role in addressing global climate challenges, alternative agricultural careers, and diversity in agriculture, practical workshops, and social functions.

The sessions will include the following:

  • A keynote session, "Exploring the Future of Ag."
  • The importance of communication in career development.
  • Exploring agriculture’s role in addressing global climate challenges, highlighting innovative practices and technology designed to enhance resilience and productivity.
  • Practical insights into the value of prioritising workplace safety.
  • Succession planning to allow a smooth transition of assets and responsibilities to the next generation.
  • Unlocking the real on-farm benefits in using cutting-edge technology in agriculture.
  • Advancing agriculture through digital transformation, exploring advancements like aerial imaging and precision agriculture software and how they can enhance farm efficiency.
  • An examination of market trends, supply and demand dynamics, and potential trade opportunities that can assist informed decision and maximise opportunities for growth.
  • An assessment of diversity in agriculture, understanding how to harness a wide range of perspectives to drive progress and innovation in agriculture.
  • The future landscape of supply chains from farm to market, considering cutting edge strategies and trends shaping the supply chains of tomorrow from a focus of discovering how growers can gain control and efficiency and maximise profits.

The concluding evening dinner at the Glasshouse venue serves as the “pièce de resistance”, wrapping up the conference with a special twist to the entertainment.

Tickets are now on sale, and additional information, including online registration and information on discounted accommodation is available through the website at:


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