PROGRAM

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Main Hall, Parliament House NT

Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Hon. Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Northern Territory

Duration: 2 hours
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Main Hall, Darwin Convention Centre

Plenary session

Success in northern agriculture

Simon Smith, President NT Farmers Association


Keynote Address

Senator the Hon Matt Canavan, Minister for Resources and Northern Australia


The role of the CRC for Northern Development

Chair of the CRC for Northern Australia


Technology transforming the Australian cotton industry

Cotton Australia


State Ministers for Agriculture NT, WA and Qld, discussing northern agricultural development strategies


International trends in agricultural technology development

Senator the Hon. Matthew Canavan

Matthew grew up in Logan, just south of Brisbane. After achieving a First Class Honours Degree... More

Duration: 4 hours
1:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Transport included

Farm Tour afternoon & BBQ

Half day Farm Field Tour followed by a informal BBQ Dinner at a mango packing shed.

Talk to successful farmers growing mangoes, vegetables, barramundi, pineapple, tropical fruit farms in the Darwin rural area, part of the successful $250 Million NT agricultural sector.

Duration: 6 hours
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Separate meeting rooms

Concurrent workshop sessions

Choose 3 workshops from concurrent workshops on:

  • Cotton
  • Grains
  • Horticulture
  • Resources and Environment
  • Fodder and niche crops
  • Indigenous participation
Duration: 4.5 hours
2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Hall, Darwin Convention Centre

Half Day Plenary Session

*Speakers subject to confirmation

Farmers panel

Successful northern farmers on developing northern agriculture

What’s happening in the north in the 3 states – WA, NT, Queensland

  • Peter Stubbs WA
  • Gareth Jones Qld
  • Lorraine Corowa NT

The role of Research and Development Institutions in developing northern agriculture

Horticulture Innovation Australia, Grains Research and Development Corp, Cotton Research and Development Corp. Rural Industries Research and Development Corp.

The Federal governments role

  • Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources​
  • Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon Shadow Minister for Agriculture

Closing Comments

  • Simon Smith, President NT Farmers Association
  • The Hon. Ken Vowles, Minister for Primary Industry and Resources Northern Territory
Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator the Hon. Anne Ruston, has been... More

The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP

The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP was first elected to the House of Representatives in March of... More

Peter Stubbs

Works for the Western Australian State Government- Department for Regional Development and for... More

Duration: 3 hours
7:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Main Hall, Darwin Convention Centre

Conference Gala Dinner

Conference Dinner featuring Northern Agricultural Awards

Duration: 3.5 hours