Agriculture Futures forum to showcase Whitsunday industry

WHITSUNDAY farmers will have the opportunity to see firsthand what the next stage of the industry looks like at the Agriculture Futures forum in Bowen.

Hosted by Whitsundays Marketing and Development, the forum will focus on investment opportunities, innovation and export possibilities.

WMDL economic development manager Denise Kreymborg said the forum was a rare opportunity for the region's producers.

"Generally these conventions are held in Melbourne or Sydney and it's hard for local farmers to get there," she said.

"So having it locally means they can access the information that the industry is getting nationally - so it's a shame if growers don't come along."

The conference will be held across two days.

The first day will explain what investment is needed in the industry, the latest innovations and what export opportunities exist for Australian producers.

Ms Kreymborg said this was a leg-up for local farmers.

"The locals get the chance to leverage the opportunities that are out there, they get to find out what's actually happening, how they can connect into those opportunities and what the trends are," she said.

"It also talks about the type of investment that is needed to support growth within the industry."

"We can see the agriculture industry overall is probably going to need about $1.7 trillion to make it sustainable (nationally)."

Day two will involve an investor session identifying where the opportunities lie, how investors can get involved and a farm tour of the local industry.

The conference will be held at the Bowen PCYC on Friday, August 21, from 9.30am and on Saturday, August 22, from 9am.

Tickets cost $350 and can be purchased by phoning WMDL on 49485900.

The industry dinner planned for Saturday night has sold out.

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