Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Monday, 3 November 2014 to Wednesday, 5 November 2014 from 6:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin, Australia



Principle Partner

Northern Australia Development Office
Principle Partner

Under the leadership of the Department of the Chief Minister, NADO is an office and meeting space designed to support industry, investors and the private sector interested in doing high level business in Northern Australia. It features executive facilities for high level strategic meetings for industry, investors, private sector and government.

Major Partners

Government of Western Australia
Major Partners
Regional Development Australia NT
Major Partners

Regional Development Australia is a national network concerned with ensuring that all governments and stakeholders collaborate in developing and strengthening regions. Regional Development Australia Northern Territory (RDA NT) is an incorporated, not for profit association funded through the Federal Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development and the Northern Territory Department of the Chief Minister. RDA NT is led by a Committee consisting of representatives from across the Northern Territory, thereby allowing local people to develop local solutions to local issues.

Media Partners

Fairfax Agricultural Media
Media Partners
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Our agricultural papers have a strong powerful connection with rural Australians. Traditionally they have been in the household and read for generations. They are valued for being a trustworthy, reliable and an unbiased source of information. Our content is quality and business decisions are made from our papers and websites. We reflect their lifestyle and values.

In such a unique market, we know that by using our long standing connection with farmers, and years of industry knowledge our team can exceed your expectations in delivering this market to you. We will do all the leg work for you. Using current and reliable research we can bring you up to speed with this market and offer strategies that are imaginative and effective.
ABC Rural
Media Partners

ABC Rural has a long history of delivering specialist coverage of the business, the politics and the innovation of primary production in Australia and overseas.

ABC Rural broadcasts at a local, state and national level to farmers, their communities, city audiences and consumers via ABC Local, Radio National, News24 and internationally via digital radio and Radio Australia

Sponsors & Partners

Water Dynamics
Sponsors & Partners
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Water Dynamics specialises in the provision of irrigation and water management services across industries that include agriculture, government, industrial and residential. 

We provide water solutions from product selection and design to installation, service and repair. We have a team of dedicated water specialists working with the latest water technologies. For many years our strategically located, Australia-wide branch network has provide our customers with local knowledge and service, with the support and buying power of a national business.
As Australia’s leading irrigation specialists, Water Dynamics can supply all of your irrigations needs from large irrigation systems down to irrigation accessories such as hoses and fittings.
Australian Government Department of Employment / Seasonal Worker Program
Sponsors & Partners

The Australian Government Department of Employment is responsible for national policies and programmes that help Australians find and keep employment and work in safe, fair and productive workplaces.
Sponsors & Partners
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Export61 is a nation-wide online initiative to drive global reach, marketing and sales of Australian produce, products and services. We present Australian exporters with service support and proven road maps that lead to positive linkages with international markets, buyers and global business opportunities.
Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL)
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The Australian Made, Australian Grown logo is administered by Australian Made Campaign Limited (AMCL), a not-for-profit public company established in 1999 by the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ACCI) and the network of state and territory chambers of commerce, with the cooperation of the Federal Government.
NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries and NADO
Sponsors & Partners

Primary industry plays a vital role in the Northern Territory (NT) economy as a major driver of economic activity, employment, social cohesion and prosperity, particularly in regional and remote parts of the Territory. The NT’s proximity to Asia, reputation for quality agricultural products and abundant land and water resources means it is well placed to play its part in meeting growing Asian demand for high-quality food. The NT’s Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries is building on a strong record of serving primary industry with effective research, extension and biosecurity services by taking a strategic approach to food industry development with a focus on diversification, growing enterprises, growing markets and growing investment. This focus aligns with the broader NT Government priorities to develop a prosperous economy and lead the development of Northern Australia.
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AUSVEG is the national peak industry body representing the interests of Australian vegetable and potato growers and is committed to securing the industry’s future.

We represent the interests of growers to government and assist growers by making sure the National Vegetable Levy and National Potato Levy are invested in research and development (R&D) that best meets the needs of the industry.
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Queensland
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The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry enables Queensland to have efficient, innovative, resilient and profitable agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors that thrive for the long-term.

Our work includes provision of agricultural research, development and extension, and the management of biosecurity, animal welfare and product integrity risks.

With the value of farm gate production and processing forecast at $14.8 billion for 2013-14, Queensland is one of the nation’s leading states for agriculture production.

We have many advantages – Queensland has a strong economy, a clean environment and we are located close to the world’s big growth markets of Asia.

The Queensland Government is committed to growing agriculture even further, by working proactively with the business community and government agencies to help international investors access information and connect to Queensland companies.

The government's 2040 vision is to double agricultural production based on four key pathways:
• securing and increasing resource availability
• driving productivity growth across the supply chain
• securing and increasing market access
• minimising the costs of production.

These pathways are the key foundations required for sustainable and ongoing growth of the sector in terms of increasing production and value.

This strategy underpins the work delivered across our department.
Horticulture Australia
Sponsors & Partners

Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) is a not-for-profit, industry-owned company. It works in partnership with Australia’s horticulture industries to invest in research, development and marketing programs that provide benefit to industry and the wider community.

HAL invests around $100 million annually in programs designed to align with the strategic investment priorities of Australia’s horticulture industries and the Australian Government’s Rural Research and Development priorities.
Primary Industries Training Advisory Council (PITAC)
Sponsors & Partners

The Primary Industries Advisory Council (PITAC) is a not for profit organisation funded by the Department of Business NT.

PITAC has a role in providing the primary industries with current, relevant and timely training advice to meet the needs of industry which include:

• Qualifications & training packages
• Skills shortages areas
• Employment opportunities
• Career pathways
• Industry training requirements
• Funding opportunities
• Registered Training Organisations

PITAC acts as a liaison to the primary industries, training providers and Territory and National government bodies, to provide leadership and advice on the education and training needs of the primary industries.
Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM)
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Territory Natural Resource Management (TNRM) is an independent not for profit organisation that works with landholders, groups, industry and government to ensure sustainable management of our water, land, soils, plants and animals.
We have been operating since 2005 and our members include industry bodies, Landcare and community groups, local government, indigenous organisations, pastoral companies and local businesses.
Rural Industries Research Development Corporation
Sponsors & Partners

RIRDC is a statutory authority established by the Primary Industries and Energy Research and Development Act 1989 (PIERD Act).

The Corporation was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector.

The National and Rural Research Priorities of the Australian Government provide an over-arching framework for public investment in rural research and development. RIRDC’s investments are closely aligned with these priorities.
Sponsors & Partners

Vanderfield has been serving the agricultural industry in Australia for over 50 years. If it’s quality and value you are looking for in agricultural machinery, Vanderfield has the experience, customer focus and product range to meet your needs. The long-standing partnerships we have created with some the nation’s most productive farmers and leading suppliers such as John Deere, Manitou, HINO and Howard reflects our strong commitment to meeting the machinery needs of the Agricultural market in this country.
Sponsors & Partners
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AusIndustry is the Australian Government's principal business program delivery division in the Department of Industry.

AusIndustry is committed to delivering business services that build on three key drivers of economic growth - innovation, investment and international competitiveness.
Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research
Sponsors & Partners

ACIAR is a statutory authority within the Foreign Affairs and Trade portfolio operating under the ACIAR Act. The Centre was established by the Australian Government in recognition of the rare position Australia holds amongst industrialised countries, of having the range of climates—cool and warm temperate, subtropical and tropical—typical of the developing world. Australia also has exceptionally strong capacity in agricultural research and development, this combination offering a unique opportunity to utilise agricultural research to benefit developing countries.

ACIAR, as part of the Australian development assistance program, contributes to the objectives of advancing Australia’s national interests, promoting economic growth and increasing sustainability through assisting and encouraging Australian scientists and institutions to use their skills to develop solutions to agricultural problems in developing countries.

President's Lunch Sponsor

President's Lunch Sponsor