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Inaugural Intensive Agriculture conference a big success with industry leaders

8 March 2018

Food Leaders Australia General Manager Bruce McConnel, Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh and Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith at last week’s Intensive Agriculture conference.

Held for the first time at the Dalby Showgrounds last week, the Intensive Agriculture conference was a joint initiative of the Western Downs Regional Council and Food Leaders Australia (an initiative of Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise), helping drive collaboration across different sectors, share knowledge and innovation.

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said their aim was to support local businesses and attract outside investors.

“With 68 feedlots and 23 piggeries within our boundaries, intensive agriculture is a huge growth sector for the region, and we are proactively looking at ways to continue its expansion across not just beef and pork, but also poultry,” he said.

We have the space to sustain ethical, stress free facilities and we have road connectivity to the Port of Brisbane, as well as Wellcamp Airport, which is already globally exporting chilled beef from the Western Downs.”

After positive feedback from last week’s event, an additional agriculture conference will be held collaboratively between FLA and Council this year.

Around 120 delegates attended the conference, with many staying the night in Dalby for a site tour of Sandalwood’s 17,000 head feedlot the following day.

General Manager of Food Leaders Australia Bruce McConnel said intensive agriculture was a key driver of economic growth and employment throughout the Western Downs and Southern Queensland.

“This conference positions the region as an industry leader, and it’s this cross-sector collaboration that drives investment opportunities and that showcases the capacity of local producers,” he said.

“The opportunities being created with export both to national and international markets are also a huge boon for the high grade produce from these regions.”

Responding to feedback from the event, an additional conference covering agriculture will be held collaboratively between FLA and Council this year, with an expected focus on technology advancements in agriculture.

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