July 12, 2013
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries’ Marketing Cooperatives Victorian Agribusiness Summit, hosted by the Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum, is being held in Ballarat on Thursday and Friday August 1-2.
DEPI Food and Fibre Marketing Cooperatives Leader Aimee McCutcheon said the summit would provide an exceptional opportunity to network and learn about the latest developments and innovations for Victorian agribusiness.
“This summit has wide appeal and will be relevant to a broad range of participants, including small and large scale producers, food processors, investors, financiers and educators plus state and federal government representatives,” Ms McCutcheon said.
The summit program will feature a wide group of relevant and topical speakers covering Victoria’s agricultural future including:
– agricultural competitiveness;
– profitable local and global food systems;
– free-trade agreements;
– supply chains;
– product innovation;
– market development strategies;
– alternative production systems (e.g. organics);
– export opportunities;
– business systems; and
– carbon and bioenergy opportunities.
The summit will feature trade displays plus a local produce gourmet dinner featuring guest speaker, Daylesford Lakehouse chef Alla Wolf-Tasker, and much more.
Ms McCutcheon said additionally there would be an opportunity for participants to learn about the Victorian Government’s Food and Fibre Marketing Cooperatives Grants Program, and staff would be on hand to discuss the program in detail.
“The grants program, which is worth up to $50,000, aims to encourage cooperation between farmers and value chain members to increase their collective capability to generate improved access to markets and customers for their agricultural products.”