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Producing for Agricultural Profit - in the spotlight

Aerial view of farmNorth Coast Local Land Services is pleased to be sponsoring an important conference event being held in Coffs Harbour on 28 October.  The ABARES Regional Outlook series is designed to deliver the latest agricultural commodity forecasts and research results directly to regional communities and features the same theme as the National Outlook Conference held in Canberra earlier this year of The business of agriculture: producing for profit.

ABARES Executive Director, Karen Schneider, said conference delegates would hear from a range of expert speakers from ABARES, the private sector and producers.

"The conference will consider issues of profitability, productivity and innovation, with a particular focus on how these issues relate to the region and its industries," Ms Schneider said.

Bruce Brown North Coast Local Land Services General Manager said, "We recently released the North Coast Socio-Economic Profile which identified that the North Coast region has a very diverse agricultural industry base, with twenty different industries each contributing in excess of $2 million to the regional economy.

"Of these, seven industries contribute over $30 million annually and three industries (blueberries, sugar and macadamias) produce nearly the entire NSW output. 

"We see it as crucial that the agricultural industry has access to the best information and latest research to enable them to make the decisions required to grow their businesses and the overall North Coast economy and this event will provide that access."

Mark Bulley, Acting Chair North Coast Local Land Services, who is chairing a session entitled Thriving business - changing environment, said, "Productivity growth is a key factor in assisting the long term sustainability of agricultural industries.

"The aim of North Coast Local Land Services is to target our resources to sectors of the rural community, primary industry and natural environment that offer the greatest potential for triple bottom line outcomes and these issues and more will be explored in that session," Mark said.

Registration for the Regional Outlook event is free but you must register to attend. Registration includes conference entry, access to ABARES recent publications, morning and afternoon tea and lunch, delegate directory, and local profile data.

For more information visit the ABARES website

Read the North Coast Local Land Services Socio Economic Profile.

Media contact:          

Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Media Team:
media@agriculture.gov.au or 02 6272 3232

North Coast Local Land Services Communications Officer:
Michelle Gapes 0429 824 321

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The North Coast supports a diverse agricultural industry.